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Entering Freshman

A freshman applicant is a person who has never attended a regionally accredited college or university after high-school graduation.

Freshman Checklist

  • Apply online
  • Have your official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores sent directly to:

    USC Sumter Admissions Office
    200 Miller Road
    Sumter, SC 29150

    We also accept transcripts sent through various electronic delivery systems like Parchment and National 
    Student Clearinghouse.  High school counselor may also send transcripts via email to 



Freshman applicants must have either a high-school diploma or its equivalent (GED) prior to enrolling. Accepted applicants must have senior grades and a verification of graduation sent as soon as they are available. Applicants who did not graduate from high school must send transcripts of all available work and a copy of a GED certificate or satisfactory GED test scores.

Freshmen applicants must submit:

  • Completed application
  • Specified nonrefundable application fee
  • Official high-school record, complete up to the time of application
  • Entrance examination scores (either SAT or ACT)

Prospective students must have adequate preparation for the curriculum in which they plan to enroll. At a minimum, applicants for admission are required to complete a college preparatory program with units distributed among the following academic subjects:

  • English (4 units)All four units must have strong reading (including works of fiction and non-fiction), writing, communicating, and researching components. It is strongly recommended that students take two units that are literature based, including American, British, and World Literature.
  • Mathematics (4 units)These units must include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics unit should be taken before or during the senior year.
  • Laboratory Science (3 units)Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical, earth, or life sciences and selected from among biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science) or from any laboratory science for which biology, chemistry, physics and/or earth science is a prerequisite. Courses in general or introductory science for which one of these four units is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It’s strongly recommended that students desiring to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering or technology take one course in all four fields: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
  • Social Science (3 units). One unit of U.S. History, a half unit of Economics, and a half unit of Government are required. World History or Geography is strongly recommended.
  • Same World Language (2 units)Two units with a heavy emphasis on language acquisition.
  • Academic Elective (2 units)Two units must be taken as electives. A college preparatory course in Computer Science (i.e., one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding or using applications) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college preparatory courses in English; fine arts; foreign languages; social science; humanities; mathematics; physical education; and laboratory science (courses for which biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science is  a prerequisite).
  • Physical Education (1 unit). One unit of physical education to include one semester of personal fitness and another semester in lifetime fitness. Exemption applies to students enrolled in Junior ROTC and for students exempted because of physical disability or for religious reasons.
  • Fine Art (1 unit). One unit in appreciation of, history of, or performance in one of the fine arts. This unit should be selected from among media/digital arts, dance, music, theater, or visual and spatial arts.

Units Required: 20

In addition to completion of the above units, students must meet requirements based on entrance examination scores and weighted core GPA.

Applicants must complete additional units to meet or exceed state and local high-school graduation requirements. In choosing these electives, students should consider the recommendations given in the preceding listing for specific prospective majors.

Applicants must apply for and take the required entrance examinations well in advance of the term for which they seek admission, and they are responsible for having the results of these examinations sent to the University. Applicants over the age of 25 may not be required to submit entrance examination results; however, they must submit other credentials which give evidence of reasonable academic potential. Entrance examination scores may be required in the absence of satisfactory credentials or evidence of potential. Some programs require entrance test scores for all students, regardless of age.

Associate's Degree Candidates

Students seeking an associate’s degree may be admitted in this category.

Branch Students

This is a special admissions program open to students at the regional campuses of the University of South Carolina. Students who do not meet the regular admission requirements may still be eligible for admission in the Branch Program. For complete details about eligibility and requirements, students should contact the Admissions Office. Students in this program must complete 30 semester hours at the Sumter campus with a 2.00 GPA in order to move to the Columbia campus. Further, they must meet the progression requirements of the college on the Columbia campus that awards the desired degree.