University Of South Carolina Essay Prompt 2013

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Freshman admission is determined by a combination of high school record and SAT I or ACT scores. The following college-preparatory high school courses are required for admission to the University for the 2001 2002 academic year: English: 4 units At least two units must have strong grammar and composition components, at least one must be in English literature, and at least one must be in American literature. Completion of college preparatory English I, II, III, and IV will meet this criterion. Mathematics: 3 units Algebra I and II and geometry (applied mathematics I and II may count together as a substitute for Algebra I if a student successfully completes Algebra II). A fourth, higher-level mathematics course is strongly recommended (i.e., algebra III/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus). Laboratory Science: 3 units Two units must be taken in two different fields selected from biology, chemistry, or physics. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, or physics) or from any laboratory science for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or introductory or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. Social Studies: 3 units Units must include one of United States history. One-half unit of economics and one-half unit of government are strongly recommended. Foreign Language: 2 units Both units must be in the same language. Academic Elective: 4 units Four college-preparatory units must be taken from at least three different fields selected from the following: computer science, English, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, laboratory science (excluding earth science, general physical science, general environmental science, or other introductory science courses for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite), mathematics above the level of algebra II, or social sciences. It is suggested that one unit be in computer science which includes programming (i.e., not just keyboarding) and one unit in fine arts (appreciation of, history of, or performance). Physical Education: 1 unit or ROTC High school seniors applying for admission should do so during the fall of their senior year. Transferring students are advised to apply at least three months prior to the semester in which they plan to enter. The application fee beginning fall 2001 is $40. (High school seniors presenting a total SAT score of 1300 or above or an ACT composite score of 29 or above at the time of application are not required to submit an application fee.)

General Freshman Requirements

Freshman admission to the University of South Carolina is primarily based on high school courses and grades, along with SAT or ACT scores.

Admitted 2016 freshmen presented a 25-30 midrange composite score on the ACT and a 1200-1340 midrange of total scores on the SAT. The midrange weighted core GPA was 3.61-4.39. Additional factors may be taken into consideration, such as extraordinary personal circumstances, special talents, outstanding extracurricular activities, and evidence of leadership.

*Note: High-school graduates who take summer school courses in between graduation and the fall semester that immediately follows are not considered transfer students.

Required credentials

All freshman applicants must submit the following items:

  • Freshman application with $65 application fee ($100 application fee for non-US citizens)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores

*Note: If you are applying as a freshman for Fall 2017, we no longer require the writing portion of the SAT and ACT.

Please do not send an official high school transcript to the admissions office. 

On the freshman application, you are required to upload a clear, legible, unofficial copy of your high school transcript in a JPG or PDF format. The unofficial transcript must list grades through the conclusion of your junior year, and it must also show your full name and the name of your high school. A web-based copy of your transcript will meet this requirement. Please be sure to self-report your senior year schedule and credits on the admissions application. 

If you have already graduated from high school,  you must request to have your official final high school transcript with your graduation date sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the stated deadlines. You do not need to complete the Senior Year Schedule section of the application.

Recommended, not required: Guidance counselor evaluation form. This form is automatically emailed to your counselor when you enter his or her contact information on your application. Secondary school report forms or counselor evaluation letters sent via Parchment/Naviance or US Mail are acceptable alternatives. US mail is least preferred since it slows processing time. This is a recommended but not required component of your application.

Please note: Letters of recommendation ARE NOT REQUIRED for general university admissions consideration. Please do not send letters of recommendation unless you are applying to South Carolina Honors College.


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Credentials are any documents (in addition to the application) that must be sent to the admissions office for consideration. This includes items such as high school transcripts (if requested), college transcripts, and SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores.

All freshman applicants must submit the following items:

  • Freshman application with $65 application fee
  • Official SAT or ACT scores

Quick Fact

5,106Students in the 2016 Freshman Class


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