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USC Aiken Admission Requirements

Aiken, South Carolina

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Chances of getting into University of South Carolina Aiken

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
55.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Carolina Aiken
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into USC Aiken and can I get accepted? The school has a 56% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,547 out of 2,775 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 68 percent. University of South Carolina Aiken typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

USC Aiken SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 550
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1050

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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 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 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 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. The school ranks #16 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of South Carolina Aiken admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1140 and Above Good >68%
1050 to 1140 Avg + 56%-68%
960 to 1050 Avg - 43%-56%
870 to 960 Reach 31%-43%
Less than 870 Low <31%
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USC Aiken ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
17-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 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 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 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. The school ranks #18 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of South Carolina Aiken.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 + 56%-68%
17 to 20 Avg - 43%-56%
14 to 17 Reach 31%-43%
Less than 14 Low <31%
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USC Aiken GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into USC 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. The school ranks #12 in South Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as USC Aiken accepts 56% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of South Carolina Aiken admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,831 944 2,775
Accepted 1,025 522 1,547
Acceptance Rate 56% 55% 56%
Enrolled 355 203 558
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 39% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
131

Applicants have 131 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of South Carolina Aiken and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does University of South Carolina Aiken prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to USC Aiken. 58% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

56% of those who apply are granted admission to USC Aiken. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of South Carolina Aiken?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1140. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of South Carolina Aiken?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 23. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.