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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Counselor FAQ

Below are some of the most common questions we hear from high school counselors. For information about our test-optional policy please visit our Test-Optional FAQ page. For more questions, contact Suzanne Cruea at smedlin@sc.edu

Deadlines and Supplemental Materials

Students select their preferred supplemental material (test score, alternative exams or graded writing assignment) by completing the Supplemental Material Form available in their UofSC Admissions Portal after applying for admission. The form and chosen supplemental material should be submitted by November 2 for early action applicants and February 1 for regular decision applicants.

Students who choose regular decision should complete and submit the application, uploaded unofficial transcript and fee or fee waiver by December 1. Their supplemental material(s) is due by February 1.

If an assignment or grade from the junior year is not accessible, encourage them to select an assignment from their senior year. This is due by November 2 for early action applicants and February 1 for regular decision applicants. If students are concerned they will not have a graded essay by November 2, they may select another supplemental material to submit for consideration or elect to apply regular decision to allow more time to submit an assignment.

Students may upload the teacher comments and/or grade in the UofSC Admissions Portal separate from the writing submission if needed. The grade is required, and teacher comments are encouraged if available.

It generally takes up to 24 hours to appear on the checklist when submitted electronically. Mailed documents will take longer to process and should be postmarked by the applicable supplemental materials deadline (November 2 for early action applicants, and February 1 for regular decision applicants). 

 School Reports

We accept the following school reports: Common Application, NACAC, SCOIR or the UofSC School Report Form. Counselors can submit the school report of their choice regardless of a student’s application platform.

The school report can be submitted through an approved electronic submission service such as Naviance, SCOIR, Slate.org, Common App or the UofSC counselor portal. Counselors whose students apply via the Coalition or UofSC application will receive an email link to the school report. We do not recommend sending school reports through the mail since these take longer to process.

School report forms are due by November 2 for early action applicants and by February 1 for regular decision applicants.

The Common Application has its own school report. The Coalition, however, does not, so counselors will receive an email with a link to the UofSC school report for students who complete the Coalition or UofSC application.  Counselors may use the school report form of their choice (NACAC, Common App, SCOIR, or UofSC), regardless of the student’s chosen application platform.

School reports are checked in manually after being reviewed so they may not appear on the counselor portal immediately.

A school report form is required for each student. School profiles are helpful, but the school report highlights applicants individually and provide helpful context on a student’s performance in relation to their high school environment in the review process.

Unfortunately, since the UofSC school report is linked to the individual student, we do not have an option to pre-populate your high school information. However, we are looking into this for the future.

Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters are only required for students applying to the South Carolina Honors College. We do not accept letters of recommendation for general admission to UofSC.

Letters of recommendation for Honors College applicants can be sent through an electronic service such as Parchment, Naviance, Common App or the UofSC Counselor Portal. Additionally they will be accepted by email at admhonor@mailbox.sc.edu. If a recommender is unable to submit a letter electronically, it can be mailed to the physical address below but will take longer to process.

UofSC Undergraduate Admissions 
902 Sumter Street/Lieber College 
Columbia, SC 29208 
ATTN: Honors College Processing

Recommendation letters are only considered for South Carolina Honors College candidates. Please do not send them for general admission applicants.

 


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