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USC Aiken Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

52.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Carolina Aiken
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into USC Aiken? The school has a 53% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,628 out of 3,075 applicants were admitted making USC Aiken a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 61 percent. University of South Carolina Aiken typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1000-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
65%
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Estimated Average SAT 1100
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of South Carolina Aiken?

University of South Carolina Aiken typically requires applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of South Carolina Aiken admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >66%
1095 to 1190 Avg + 53%-66%
1000 to 1095 Avg - 40%-53%
905 to 1000 Reach 28%-40%
Less than 905 Low <28%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
18-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
64%
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Estimated Average ACT 20
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into USC Aiken?

Admission data indicates that USC Aiken regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 64 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of South Carolina Aiken.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of South Carolina Aiken admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >68%
20 to 23 Avg + 53%-68%
18 to 20 Avg - 42%-53%
16 to 18 Reach 33%-42%
Less than 16 Low <33%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.58
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of South Carolina Aiken. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of South Carolina Aiken was 3.58 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as USC Aiken accepts 53% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of South Carolina Aiken students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 14% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 13% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 15% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

74% of University of South Carolina Aiken freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of South Carolina Aiken students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 36%
Top 50% of class 74%
Bottom 50% of class 26%
Bottom 25% of class 4%

Admission Statistics

University of South Carolina Aiken admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,026 1,049 3,075
Accepted 1,059 569 1,628
Acceptance Rate 52% 54% 53%
Enrolled 367 206 573
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 36% 35%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
42

Applicants have 42 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to USC Aiken before the Aug 1 application deadline.

ACT Test Date Scores Available
Jul 13 Jul 23

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of South Carolina Aiken and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of South Carolina Aiken Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of South Carolina Aiken
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218645 IPEDS survey data for University of South Carolina Aiken.