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University of South Carolina, Columbia

Overview
Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1801
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 18,648
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $300,939,613
Admissions Address


Columbia, SC 29208

Website

http://www.sc.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions-ugrad@sc.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.9
Send application by: December 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: R. Scott Verzyl
Admissions office telephone: (803) 777-7700
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: December 1
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
https://www.applyweb.com/apply/uscf/ Tuition deposit: $200 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: $145 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 3 N/A
Lab 3 N/A
Foreign language 2 N/A
Social studies 2 N/A
History 1 N/A
Academic electives 4 N/A
Total academic units 20 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 63%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 63%
Total applicants: 13,946
Total acceptances: 8,782
Total freshman enrollment: 3,697
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 5,891
Male acceptances: 3,624
Male freshman enrollment: 1,593
 
Female applicants: 8,055
Female acceptances: 5,158
Female freshman enrollment: 2,104
 
Out-of-state freshmen: 17%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,344
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 511
Students enrolled from waiting list: 40

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 29%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 63%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 93%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 81%
Average high school GPA: 3.9
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 97%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 82%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 520 – 620
Math: 540 – 640
Combined: 1060 – 1260

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 6.5% 8.2%
600-699 32.4% 41.7%
500-599 48.0% 42.7%
400-499 12.6% 7.4%
300-399 0.5% 0.1%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 18%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 23 – 28

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 13.9% N/A N/A
24-29 53.3% N/A N/A
18-23 32.3% N/A N/A
12-17 0.5% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A

 



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