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Office of Undergraduate Admissions


For High School Counselors

You play a key role in encouraging students to envision their future — education, career, service activities, family, fun, friends, community life. We appreciate everything you do to support your students as they consider applying to the University of South Carolina.

Freshman Credentials

Letters of Recommendation

We ask that students not send letters of recommendation unless they are applying to South Carolina Honors College. Letters of recommendation ARE NOT REQUIRED for general university admissions consideration. Honors College applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. We prefer recommenders complete the Honors College Recommendation form generated by USC's online application. Students are advised to have the name and email address of each recommender while completing the Letters of Recommendation section of the admissions application. This will help the writer submit the recommendation in a more timely fashion. If the letters are mailed, then they must include “ATTN: Honors College Processing” on the envelope to ensure delivery. US Mail is our least preferred method of delivery since it slows processing time.

Counselor Evaluation Forms

We prefer that you either complete the Counselor Evaluation Form generated by USC’s online application or a Secondary School Report Form sent via Parchment/Naviance. Alternatively, you may mail an evaluation letter, but this is our least preferred method of delivery since it slows processing time.