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Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Information for Waitlisted Students

Have you been offered a spot on the fall 2018 freshman class wait list? If so, please read below for answers to common questions:

Can you tell me a little more information about why I’ve been offered a spot on the wait list?

Admission is competitive and space is limited. This year, the University of South Carolina received more than 30,000 freshman applications for admission for approximately 5,500 spaces in the class.

How do I accept my spot on the wait list?

The only way to accept your spot  on the 2018 freshman class wait list is to submit the Wait List Response Form by April 1, 2018. All students offered a spot on the wait list will receive an email with instructions on how to access their online credentials check within one week of their letter being mailed.

If I accept a spot on the wait list, will you be able to tell me where I am? How likely is it that I will be admitted?

All students who submit the Wait List Response Form by April 1, 2018 will be given consideration should a space become available. We do not rank students on the wait list based on the submission date of the Wait List Response Form. If a space becomes available after May 1, we will review the wait list and offer admission to the most competitive applicant(s) based on their academic profile. In addition to an applicant's academic profile and space availability within the university, we also review space availability within a student's particular major. Please be advised that a student who is moved from the wait list may be asked to change their first-choice major if there is no longer space in it. 

When will I hear something about my status?

All students who submit the Wait List Response Form by April 1, 2018 will be considered should a space become available. We will update you about your status on the wait list by mid-May.

May I speak to someone about the wait list?

You are always welcome to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to ask about admission requirements, but we will be unable to update you on your status on the wait list until the middle of May.

I’ve been admitted to another school. Should I hold off on submitting an enrollment deposit to another school?

Please make the best decision for you. At this time, we do not have additional information to give you regarding your fall admission status at USC. Please keep all options open.