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University of South Carolina--Columbia

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Freshman admission is determined by a combination of high school record and SAT I or ACT scores. The following college-preparatory high school courses are required for admission to the University for the 2001 2002 academic year: English: 4 units At least two units must have strong grammar and composition components, at least one must be in Engl... More More

Visiting And Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208

United States

Phone: 803-777-7700

Fax: 803-777-0101


Freshman Academic Profile
Admissions Selectivity Rating: 88
% Submitting Score:63%
     Critical Reading Middle 50%:540 - 640
     Math Middle 50%:560 - 650
% Submitting Score:37%
     ACT Middle 50%:24 - 29
Average High School GPA:4
     % with GPA 3.75 of higher:71%
     % with GPA 3.50 - 3.74:13%
     % with GPA 3.25 - 3.49:9%
     % with GPA 3.0 - 3.24:5%
     % with GPA 2.5 - 2.99:2%
Students in Top Tenth of HS Class:30%
Students in Top Quarter of HS Class:67%
Students in Top Half of HS Class:94%
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Freshman Acceptance & Retention
Total applicants: 23,429
Total applicants who are accepted: 14,199
Total of accepted students who enroll: 4,580
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Application Process
Application Fee: $50.00
Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes
Online Application Fee Policy:Reduced
Early Action Application Deadline: 10/15
Early Action Notification Date: 12/20
Early Action Plan Restrictive: No
Regular Application Deadline: 12/01
Priority Application Date: 12/01
Regular Notification Date: 03/15
Transfer Students Accepted: Yes
TOEFL required for non-native English speakers: Yes
Admissons Deposit Deadline: 05/01
Housing Deposit Deadline: 6/1
Housing Deposit Amount: $150.00
Housing Deposit Refundable: Yes, in part
Admission for Non-Fall Terms: Yes
Deferred Admission: No
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Freshman Admissions Factors
Academic CriteriaImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record:Important
Class Rank:Important
Academic GPA:Very important
Standardized Test Scores:Considered
Application Essay:Very important
Non-Academic CriteriaImportance
Interview:Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities:Considered
Talent / Ability:Considered
Character / Personal Qualities:Considered
First Generation:Considered
Alumni/ AE Relation:Considered
Geographical Residence:Not Considered
State Residency:Considered
Religious Affiliation / Commitment:Not Considered
Racial / Ethnic Status:Considered
Volunteer Work:Considered
Work Experience:Considered
Level of applicant's interest:Not Considered
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Freshman Academic Requirements
High School Completion:High school diploma required GED is accepted
Academic Units Required:
     Total Academic Units:18
     Lab Science:3
     Foreign Language:2
     Social Studies:2
     Academic Electives:1
     Visual / Performing Arts:1
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Key Statistics


  • Admissions Selectivity Rating:
  • SAT:
  •      Reading Middle 50%:
    540 - 640
  •      Math Middle 50%:
    560 - 650
  • ACT:
  •      ACT Middle 50%:
    24 - 29
  • Average HS GPA:
  • Early Action Application Deadline:
  • Regular Application Deadline:
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