A freshman applicant is a person who has never attended a regionally accredited college or university after high-school graduation.
Freshman applicants must have either a high-school diploma or its equivalent (GED) prior to enrolling. Accepted applicants must have senior grades and a verification of graduation sent as soon as they are available. Applicants who did not graduate from high school must send transcripts of all available work and a copy of a GED certificate or satisfactory GED test scores.
Freshman applicants must submit:
- completed application
- specified nonrefundable application fee
- official high-school record complete up to the time of application
- entrance examination scores (either SAT or ACT).
Prospective students must have adequate preparation for the curriculum in which they plan to enroll. At a minimum, applicants for admission are required to complete a college preparatory program with units distributed among the following academic subjects:
- 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 (4 units). These include Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry. (Applied Mathematics I and II may count together as a substitute for Algebra I if a student successfully completes Algebra II.) The fourth course should be selected from among Algebra III/trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, or a capstone mathematics course and should be taken during the senior year.
- Laboratory Science (3 units). Two units must be taken in two different fields and selected from among 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 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). Three units of social studies. One unit of U.S. history is required; a half unit of economics and a half unit of government are strongly recommended.
- Foreign Language (2 units). The two units of foreign language must be in the same language.
- Academic Elective (1 unit). One college preparatory unit must be taken selected from 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.
- Physical Education (1 unit). One unit of physical education or ROTC is required.
- Fine Art (1 unit). One unit in Appreciation of, History of, or Performance in one of the fine arts.
Units Required: 19
In addition to completion of the above units, students must meet requirements based on entrance examination scores and weighted core GPA.
Applicants must complete additional units to meet or exceed state and local high-school graduation requirements. In choosing these electives, students should consider the recommendations given in the preceding listing for specific prospective majors.
Applicants must apply for and take the required entrance examinations well in advance of the term for which they seek admission, and they are responsible for having the results of these examinations sent to the University. Applicants over the age of 25 may not be required to submit entrance examination results; however, they must submit other credentials which give evidence of reasonable academic potential. Entrance examination scores may be required in the absence of satisfactory credentials or evidence of potential. Some programs require entrance test scores for all students, regardless of age.
Associate’s Degree Candidates
Students seeking an associate’s degree may be admitted in this category.
This is a special admissions program open to students at the regional campuses of the University of South Carolina. Students who do not meet the regular admission requirements may still be eligible for admission in the Branch Program. For complete details about eligibility and requirements, students should contact the Admissions Office. Students in this program must complete 30 semester hours at the Sumter campus with a 2.00 GPA in order to move to the Columbia campus. Further, they must meet the progression requirements of the college on the Columbia campus that awards the desired degree.