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Requirements For Freshmen

Freshmen applicants are currently in high school, or have graduated high school and never attended a post-secondary institution. Freshmen are sometimes referred to as "first-year" students at other schools. If you would like more information about the University of South Carolina, provide us with your information so that we can add you to our mailing list!

General Freshman Requirements

Freshman admission to the University of South Carolina is primarily based on high school courses and grades, along with SAT or ACT scores.

Admitted 2018 freshmen presented a 25-30 midrange composite score on the ACT and a 1200-1350 midrange of total scores on the SAT. The midrange weighted core GPA was 3.78-4.50. Additional factors may be taken into consideration, such as extraordinary personal circumstances, special talents, outstanding extracurricular activities, and evidence of leadership.

*Note: High-school graduates who take summer school courses in between graduation and the fall semester that immediately follows are not considered transfer students.

Required credentials

All freshman applicants must submit the following items:

  • $65 Application fee (or valid fee waiver for eligible students)
  • Self-reported standardized test scores
  • Self-reported transcript

*Note: We do not require the writing portion of the SAT and ACT.

Please do not send an official high school transcript to the admissions office. 

On the freshman application, you are required to upload a clear, legible, unofficial copy of your high school transcript in a JPG or PDF format. The unofficial transcript must list grades through the conclusion of your junior year, and it must also show your full name and the name of your high school. A web-based copy of your transcript will meet this requirement. Please be sure to self-report your senior year schedule and credits on the admissions application. 

If you have already graduated from high school,  you must request to have your official final high school transcript with your graduation date sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the stated deadlines. You do not need to complete the Senior Year Schedule section of the application.

Recommended, not required: Guidance counselor evaluation form. This form is automatically emailed to your counselor when you enter his or her contact information on your application. Secondary school report forms or counselor evaluation letters sent via Parchment/Naviance or US Mail are acceptable alternatives. US mail is least preferred since it slows processing time. This is a recommended but not required component of your application.

Please note: Letters of recommendation ARE NOT REQUIRED for general university admissions consideration. Please do not send letters of recommendation unless you are applying to South Carolina Honors College.