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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Test-Optional Admissions FAQ

Due to testing interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying for freshman admission to the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus will not be required to submit standardized SAT or ACT test scores for the spring, summer or fall 2021 terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

We realize this is an unusual time for students and that access to testing is not the same as before the pandemic. We want to assure students they will be considered for admission to UofSC even if they cannot sit for a test.

All applications will go through a holistic review process regardless if a student submits test scores.  During this process, we will review a student within the context of their environment, high school grades, course requirements, application essay and additional supplemental materials

Freshman admission to UofSC is primarily based on high school courses, grades and supplemental materials submitted with the application. We encourage you to visit our requirements page for more details.

After you submit your application, you will be asked to complete a Supplemental Materials Form where you can indicate which item(s) you plan to submit, including your test scores. Your Supplemental Materials Form will be available on your UofSC Admissions Portal after you apply. 

 Yes, there are some exceptions to who can apply test-optional. Exceptions include:
  • 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 impact to COVID-19
  • GED recipients under age 25
 No, students will be considered equally regardless of whether or not they submit scores.
As with admissions decisions, scholarship decisions will be made using a holistic review process.
We encourage all students to submit standardized test scores, if available. If you do not think your scores are an accurate reflection of your academic ability, we encourage you to also submit one of our other supplemental material options.
This is currently a pilot for the 2021 year. We will make a determination for future classes at a later date.



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