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USC Aiken Admission Requirements

Aiken, South Carolina

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Your chances of getting into University of South Carolina Aiken

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

75.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Carolina Aiken
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at USC Aiken is 75.6%.  Its admission rate is the 20th lowest in South Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into USC Aiken and can you get accepted?

University of South Carolina Aiken is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,855 out of the 2,453 who applied were admitted.

University of South Carolina Aiken typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.19. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into USC Aiken?

76% 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 University of South Carolina Aiken you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.19 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1070 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

USC Aiken GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.19*

Typical High School Grades 

B

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into USC Aiken are to have around a 3.19 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.19 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as USC Aiken accepts 76% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at USC Aiken is 3.19 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 #28 in South Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since USC Aiken 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.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.19 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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USC Aiken SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of South Carolina Aiken. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 36% of students submitted SAT scores and 18% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

950-1180

Applicants Submitting SAT 

36%
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 460
Composite 25th Percentile 950
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 600
Math 75th Percentile 580
Composite 75th Percentile 1180
Average SAT Score 1070

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at USC Aiken is 1070 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 950-1180. Students who get into University of South Carolina Aiken score in the top 69 percent of all SAT test takers..  USC Aiken ranks #16 in the state of South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1070 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. USC Aiken regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 950 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 950, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 830, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of South Carolina Aiken 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 required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

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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 1065, you have around a 76% chance of being admitted. A 1180 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 86% chance of getting in.

University of South Carolina Aiken admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1180 and Above Good >86%
1065 to 1180 Avg + 76%-86%
950 to 1065 Avg - 62%-76%
835 to 950 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 835 Low <47%
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USC Aiken ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-24 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

18%
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Aiken
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to USC Aiken is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 24.  The school ranks #15 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 15.

18 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of South Carolina Aiken.

Score Submission Requirements

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

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into USC Aiken for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 76% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 86% with a 24 ACT score.

University of South Carolina Aiken admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >86%
21 to 24 Avg + 76%-86%
18 to 21 Avg - 62%-76%
15 to 18 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 15 Low <47%
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High School Class Rank

77% of University of South Carolina Aiken freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 41% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of South Carolina Aiken students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

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

University of South Carolina Aiken admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,614 839 2,453
Accepted 1,237 618 1,855
Acceptance Rate 77% 74% 76%
Enrolled 332 220 552
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 36% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

10

Applicants have 10 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of South Carolina Aiken is $45.

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

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of South Carolina Aiken 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 3.19 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1070 and ACT of 21 will almost guarantee your admission.

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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?

36% of students submit their SAT scores to USC Aiken. 18% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

76% of those who apply are granted admission to USC Aiken. Admission competition is and the college has 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 950 and 1180. The average SAT score is 1065. 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 18 and 24. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.