Frequently Asked Questions
All applications go through a review process regardless of a student choosing to apply test optional. We will rely on grades, rigor of curriculum, application essay responses, and involvement both in and out of the classroom. A student’s educational environment will also be factored into our review process.
When you apply, you will indicate whether or not you would like us to consider test scores.
- Applicants attending secondary schools that provide written evaluations in lieu of grades.
- Applicants attending unaccredited or non-state recognized online/virtual high school as primary school of record with the exception of students required to shift to online courses due to the impact of COVID-19.
We will not provide individualized advice on whether or not you should submit your score.
Yes, international students may also determine if they want to include an ACT or SAT score for our review. We still require proof of English proficiency in our review process.
All students will be considered for merit scholarships even if they choose to apply test-optional. Note that some scholarships require submission of the South Carolina Honors College/Top Scholars application.
At this time we are only test-optional through spring, summer and fall 2022. While scores are not required for admission and scholarship consideration, we encourage students to take the SAT or ACT as required by their school, district or state. Not only can having a test score open the door to more educational opportunities, scores are still used to qualify for other opportunities including local, state and national scholarship programs where test scores are required for consideration. Additionally, some colleges still require test scores.