University of South Carolina Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Residence Hall at the University of South Carolina
Residence Hall at the University of South Carolina. Florencebballer / Wikimedia Commons

With an acceptance rate of 68 percent, the University of South Carolina is not a highly selective university. Still, the majority of admitted students have a grade point average of a 3.0 (a "B") and standardized test scores that are above average. Grades and test scores play the largest role in the admissions process. Applicants to the university's Honors Program will need to submit letters of recommendation in addition to the standard application.​

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • USC - Columbia Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for USC
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 560 / 650
    • SAT Math: 560 / 650
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 25 / 30
    • ACT English: 23 / 30
    • ACT Math: 23 / 28

University of South Carolina Description:

The University of South Carolina, located in the state capital of Columbia, is the flagship campus of the South Carolina university system. With 350 bachelor, master's and doctoral programs, the University of South Carolina offers wide-ranging academic opportunities to students. The university has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa, and it is also home to one of the country's top honors colleges for high-achieving undergraduates. USC is also nationally known for its pioneering work with first-year college students. In athletics, the USC Gamecocks compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 34,099 (25,556 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,454 (in-state); $30,882 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,023 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,700
  • Other Expenses: $4,111
  • Total Cost: $26,288 (in-state); $45,716 (out-of-state)

    University of South Carolina Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 91%
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 86%
      • Loans: 45%
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $6,127
      • Loans: $8,048

    Academic Programs

    • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Experimental Psychology, Finance, History, Hospitality Administration, Kinesiology, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Retailing, Sport, and Fitness Administration

    Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
    • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 54%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

    • Men's Sports: Football, Track, and Field, Baseball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Basketball 
    • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Swimming, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball

    Data Source

    National Center for Educational Statistics

    University of South Carolina Mission Statement

    the complete mission statement can be found on the official University of South Carolina website

    "The primary mission of the University of South Carolina Columbia is the education of the state’s citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement."

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