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Chances of getting into University of South Carolina Columbia

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
68.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of South Carolina Columbia
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into UofSC and can I get accepted? The school has a 69% acceptance rate ranking it #21 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 21,464 out of 31,268 applicants were admitted making UofSC 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 24 percent. University of South Carolina Columbia typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

UofSC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1180-1370
Applicants Submitting SAT
50%
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for University of South Carolina Columbia
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1370
Average SAT Score 1280

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 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 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 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 50 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 Columbia admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >79%
1275 to 1370 Avg + 69%-79%
1180 to 1275 Avg - 57%-69%
1085 to 1180 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 1085 Low <44%
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UofSC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
49%
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 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UofSC 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 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of South Carolina Columbia.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of South Carolina Columbia admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >79%
28 to 31 Avg + 69%-79%
25 to 28 Avg - 57%-69%
22 to 25 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 22 Low <44%
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UofSC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.15
Typical High School Grades
A

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UofSC. 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 UofSC accepts 69% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of South Carolina Columbia admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,330 12,938 31,268
Accepted 12,449 9,015 21,464
Acceptance Rate 68% 70% 69%
Enrolled 3,473 2,813 6,286
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 31% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Dec 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

FAQs

Does University of South Carolina Columbia prefer SAT or ACT?

50% of students submit their SAT scores to UofSC. 49% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

69% of those who apply are granted admission to UofSC. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1370. 50% 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 Columbia?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. 49% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.