University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia, SC, USA


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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
  • Coed

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This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
Acceptance Rate
Students Applied
Transfer Acceptance Rate
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT Subject Tests
AP Course Credit
Dual Enrollment

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. October 15, 2022 May 1, 2020
Fall Regular Decision December 1, 2021 May 1, 2020
Spring Regular Decision November 1, 2019
Test Optional
Application Fee
Fee waivers available
Rolling Admissions

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Countries Represented
Submitting ACT
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 29
Average SAT Composite: 1289
SAT Percentiles

Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
Top 25%
Top 50%
Students Enrolled By Household Income

< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 800-868-5872
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

3.92 Average Rating
Come ready to love the Fighting Gamecocks because there's a lot of school spirit.
Don't be afraid of bigger classes, the teachers are there for you.
Look up financial organizations because there are a lot that students don't know about.
Latifah from Columbia, SC
Don't be afraid to go talk to the professors. Most of them want you to come talk to them. USC is really a great place. Oh, and embrace your inner gamecock. Yeah, you will probably get made fun in high school for saying Go Cocks! but it's worth it.
Stefan from Kennett Square, PA
USC is a great school! But it has a reputation as a party school for a reason (especially on the weekends). However, there are people who don't party that hard and there are tons of things to do on campus that don't involve excessive partying. USC can offer a lot of academic rigor for those who feel like it might not. The South Carolina Honors College offers honors courses that take the course to the next level and offer that next step up that some students are looking for.
Amanda from Milton, GA
Schedule classes earlier during the day so you will be more than likely to go! I'm not saying to take all 8 o'clock classes, but the sooner in the day you go to class, the sooner you are done. Also, make sure to get a planner! There are so many assignments to keep up with. Labs for certain classes are also scheduled at a different time than lecture, so it can be easy to forget to go.
Alana from Greer, SC
There are a lot of fun things to do here in Columbia, but save it for the weekends! Focus on your studies during the week. Remember the real reason you came to college!
Amber from Ladson, SC
Fill out the Honors College Application, even if you know you do not want to be in the Honors College. There are a lot more scholarships that they will consider you for if you do this. Because USC is a big school, there is also a big party scene. Be wary of frat guys. I know that this is a stereotype, but sometimes stereotypes exist for a reason. This does not mean avoid them. It simply means use caution in the beginning.
Catherine from Summerville, SC
Once you're in college, first of all, take a deep breath! Yes, it is tremendously overwhelming, but after a week or so, you'll begin to grasp the idea of college and get to used to the system. Do not ever panic about any situations, professors are there to work with you, staff workers are there to help you, and other students are there to advise you. Be lucky, you're at a university like USC, most people here are very kind. Make sure to schedule everything in your calenders or day planners, turn everything in on time, and just ask for advice if you need help. Eventually you'll love it here in college too! The secret to success in college is followed by this formula: Sleep + Social life + School work = Ultimate Success! You must ultimately learn, above all else, to manage your time and balance all aspects of this formula! If you're a procrastinator, do not worry, because many of us are. The timings and the scheduling will help you tremendously down the stretch. Remember, whatever you do, school first! And do not forget to get your sleep!
Andy from Cayce, SC
Join an organization on campus. They're easy to find out about, and there's something for everyone. It's a great way to feel like a part of something and meet people.
If you have a problem or need help, never hesitate to ask your teacher- that's why they're there, and that's why they have office hours. It might be a little scary to you, but it's always worth.
Also, there is so many different places to get academic help- take advantage of them. If you can't Pass all of your classes, you're probably not putting enough time or effort into it.
Isabella from Longs, SC
Make friends with Thomas Cooper early on, it'll help you keep your grades up. Also take U101.
Chuck from Charleston, SC
This University is known to be a large party school, but my tip for you is to know what you want when you go into college. Do not fall for all of the drinking and the partying the college portrays. Rise above all of the stereotypes and excel! It is so easy to do at the University of South Carolina when you use all of its amazing resources offered. Work hard, make friends, get involved! You will never regret receiving an education from this University!
Emily from Ladson, SC

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