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Columbia, South Carolina

University of South Carolina-Columbia Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of South Carolina Columbia

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
72.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Carolina Columbia
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1240-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
47%
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1240
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Columbia
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of South Carolina Columbia admission chances by SAT score
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%
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University of South Carolina-Columbia ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Columbia
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for University of South Carolina Columbia
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of South Carolina Columbia admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.15
Typical High School Grades
A

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of South Carolina Columbia students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 79% Good
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

High School Class Rank

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 for admitted University of South Carolina Columbia students
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%

Admission Statistics

University of South Carolina Columbia admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,318 10,697 26,015
Accepted 11,049 7,762 18,811
Acceptance Rate 72% 73% 72%
Enrolled 3,264 2,615 5,879
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 34% 31%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
41

Applicants have 41 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Dec 1, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to University of South Carolina-Columbia before the Dec 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14

Admission Requirements

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

University of South Carolina Columbia Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of South Carolina Columbia
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=218663 IPEDS survey data for University of South Carolina Columbia.