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South Carolina State University Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into South Carolina State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

83.9%
Admission Difficulty for South Carolina State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at South Carolina State University is 83.9%.  Its admission rate is the 29th lowest in South Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into South Carolina State University and can you get accepted?

South Carolina State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,733 out of the 6,833 who applied were admitted.

South Carolina State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.17. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into South Carolina State University?

84% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to South Carolina State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.17 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 930 on the SAT
  • Score 17 on the ACT

South Carolina State University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.17

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into South Carolina State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into South Carolina State University are to have around a 3.17 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.17 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as South Carolina State University accepts 84% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at South Carolina State University is 3.17 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #30 in South Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since South Carolina State University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted South Carolina State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 13.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 8.0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 9.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 13.0% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 15.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 27.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 15.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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South Carolina State University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required by South Carolina State University. The school has a test blind policy.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

800-1050

Applicants Submitting SAT 

6%
SAT Scores for South Carolina State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 400
Math 25th Percentile 400
Composite 25th Percentile 800
SAT Scores for South Carolina State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 530
Math 75th Percentile 520
Composite 75th Percentile 1050
Average SAT Score 930

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to South Carolina State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at South Carolina State University is 930 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 800-1050. Students who get into South Carolina State University score in the top 91 percent of all SAT test takers..  South Carolina State University ranks #29 in the state of South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 930 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. South Carolina State University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 800 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 800, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 670, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

South Carolina State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not considered for admission, even if submitted (test blind)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 930 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 925, you have around a 84% chance of being admitted. A 1050 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 91% chance of getting in.

South Carolina State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1050 and Above Good >91%
925 to 1050 Avg + 84%-91%
800 to 925 Avg - 73%-84%
675 to 800 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 675 Low <59%
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South Carolina State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

15-19 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

9%
ACT Scores for South Carolina State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 15
ACT Scores for South Carolina State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 19
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into South Carolina State University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to South Carolina State University is 17, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 15 and 19.  The school ranks #27 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 17. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 15 and score in the score in the top 81 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 13.

9 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to South Carolina State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as South Carolina State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not considered for admission, even if submitted (test blind)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into South Carolina State University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 17 score has around 84% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 91% with a 19 ACT score.

South Carolina State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
19 and Above Good >91%
17 to 19 Avg + 84%-91%
15 to 17 Avg - 73%-84%
13 to 15 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 13 Low <59%
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High School Class Rank

57% of South Carolina State University freshman are in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted South Carolina State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 5%
Top 25% of class 32%
Top 50% of class 43%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

South Carolina State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,471 2,362 6,833
Accepted 3,732 2,001 5,733
Acceptance Rate 83% 85% 84%
Enrolled 469 433 902
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 22% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jul 31, 2024

Days left to Apply

100

Applicants have 100 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jul 31, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to South Carolina State University is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to South Carolina State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

South Carolina State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not considered for admission, even if submitted (Test Blind)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at South Carolina State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because South Carolina State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.17 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 930 and ACT of 17 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218733 IPEDS survey data for South Carolina State University.

FAQs

Does South Carolina State University prefer SAT or ACT?

6% of students submit their SAT scores to South Carolina State University. 9% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into South Carolina State University?

84% of those who apply are granted admission to South Carolina State University. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for South Carolina State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 800 and 1050. The average SAT score is 925. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for South Carolina State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 15 and 19. The average ACT score is 17. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.