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Requirements For Freshmen

Freshmen applicants are currently in high school or have graduated high school and never attended a post-secondary institution. Freshmen are sometimes referred to as "first-year" students at other schools. If you would like more information about the University of South Carolina, provide us with your information so we can add you to our mailing list!

General Freshman Requirements

Freshman admission is based primarily on high school courses, grades and supplemental materials submitted with the application. Supplemental materials used during the holistic review process include: standardized test scores, a supplemental essay, extraordinary personal circumstances, special talents, outstanding extracurricular activities and evidence of leadership.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic has limited opportunities to take the SAT and ACT, students applying for freshman admission will not be required to submit standardized test scores for the spring, summer or fall 2021 terms. Students who apply without SAT or ACT scores may provide supplemental materials for use in the university's holistic review process. The test-optional policy applies to students applying for general university and South Carolina Honors College admission, as well as merit scholarships.

Full policy details are forthcoming and will be available when the fall 2021 freshman application opens on August 1.

Required Materials

All domestic first-year applicants must submit the following items:

  • Completed Common App, Coalition App or UofSC App (including essay and activities section)
  • $65 application fee or valid fee waiver for eligible students
  • Uploaded unofficial high school transcript
  • Supplemental admission materials (additional details coming soon!)

All freshman applicants are required to upload a clear, legible, unofficial copy of your high school transcript in a JPG or PDF format. The unofficial transcript must list grades through the conclusion of your junior year. It must also include your full name and the name of your high school. A web-based copy of your transcript will meet this requirement. You will self-report your senior year schedule and credits on the admissions application. Do not send an official high school transcript to the admissions office unless it is requested.


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