University of South Carolina-Columbia Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of South Carolina Columbia
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into University of South Carolina-Columbia and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #26 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 18,811 out of 26,015 applicants were admitted making University of South Carolina-Columbia a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. University of South Carolina Columbia typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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University of South Carolina-Columbia SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT47%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||640|
|SAT Math 25th||600|
|SAT Composite 25th||1240|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||700|
|SAT Composite 75th||1390|
|Average SAT Score||1320|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of South Carolina Columbia?
University of South Carolina Columbia typically requires applicants to be in the top 19 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1240 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 1160. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 47 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1390 and Above||Good||>81%|
|1315 to 1390||Avg +||72%-81%|
|1240 to 1315||Avg -||60%-72%|
|1165 to 1240||Reach||47%-60%|
|Less than 1165||Low||<47%|
University of South Carolina-Columbia ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT53%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||24|
|ACT Math 25th||24|
|ACT Composite 25th||25|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||31|
|ACT Math 75th||28|
|ACT Composite 75th||30|
|Average ACT Score||27|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into University of South Carolina-Columbia?
Admission data indicates that University of South Carolina-Columbia regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of South Carolina Columbia.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|30 and Above||Good||>83%|
|27 to 30||Avg +||72%-83%|
|25 to 27||Avg -||63%-72%|
|23 to 25||Reach||52%-63%|
|Less than 23||Low||<52%|
Avg. High School GPA4.15
Typical High School GradesA
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of South Carolina Columbia. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of South Carolina Columbia was 4.15 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 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 University of South Carolina-Columbia accepts 72% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||12%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.50||6%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||2%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||1%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
66% of University of South Carolina Columbia freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||30%|
|Top 25% of class||66%|
|Top 50% of class||94%|
|Bottom 50% of class||6%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||30%||34%||31%|
Applications were DueDec 1, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 1, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to University of South Carolina Columbia and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Recommendations||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218663 IPEDS survey data for University of South Carolina Columbia.
Frequently Asked Questions
47% of students submit their SAT scores to University of South Carolina-Columbia. 53% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
72% of those who apply are granted admission to University of South Carolina-Columbia. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1240 and 1390. 47% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.