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If you are looking for a bachelor's degree, whether you are a current high school student or want to transfer from another college, we can walk you through the application process online.

But being a Gamecock is more than just enrolling in classes at our university, and we can't wait to tell you about all we have to offer. South Carolina's campus, location, programs, services, options and people allow you to get what you want out of your college experience, and then some. It's why we're just a little bit "Cocky." And it's why we know you'll love it here.


Become a Gamecock

Applying to South Carolina varies according to your status as a student. But whether you're a high school student, a transfer applicant from another campus or a different school altogether, an international student or applying for readmission, we've got you covered.

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Getting to the University of South Carolina should be exciting and confusion-free, and that's where the Office of Undergraduate Admissions comes in. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is full of experts ready to help you through the process.

Please note: South Carolina will be test-optional for fall, spring and summer 2020-21. Freshman admission will be based primarily on high school courses, grades and supplemental materials submitted with the application. While students are encouraged to self-report standardized test scores, they are not required in the admission or scholarship awarding process.


Here you can review the requirements for admission and find out all the information you will need before you start your online application. There are slightly different nonfreshman international student, transfer student and readmit application requirements, so check those out if you fit one of those categories.

Freshman Requirements
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Invest in Your Future

Your college experience will challenge you in many ways, but paying for it shouldn't. We can help you navigate the financial side of college to make a Gamecock education affordable. And while posted tuition and fees costs are vital information, it's helpful to know that, last year, 96 percent of freshmen received some form of financial aid. Check out our tuition, cost and financial aid information to get started, and then contact us to learn more.

At South Carolina, we've got you covered from day one. We've been a national leader in the first-year experience for generations. Our groundbreaking University 101 course, a national model, was first offered in 1972. Since then, our curriculum has continued to evolve to meet the needs of each class and our changing campus community. Our goals are to foster student success, development and transitions into, throughout and beyond the University of South Carolina.

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Take a Closer Look

Majors. Housing. Scholarships. Campus life. Applications. Regardless of what you want to know or where you are, we’ve got answers. You can continue on your own, or get in touch and we’ll help you every step of the way.

Virtual and Scheduled Visits

Check out what makes South Carolina so great, and learn more about topics like enrollment, academics and student services from the comfort of your home or on campus, as scheduling allows.

Dates and Deadlines

You have options regarding how and when you apply as a freshman, but you do need to be mindful of some dates. Check out all of our deadlines to make sure you apply on time.

Majors and Degrees

You might have already chosen your major. Or maybe you're still searching. Either way, more than 300 degree options give you the opportunity to discover your passion, create your path and own your future.

Residence Halls

From meeting friends who will last a lifetime to vibrant living and learning communities that enhance your academics, on-campus housing gives you opportunities you don't want to miss.


Last year, South Carolina awarded $150 million in federal, state and institutional scholarships and grants.

Undergraduate Admissions

Our admissions staff is dedicated to making your college search and application experience as smooth and seamless as possible.

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If you will be a freshman or freshman international student, there are three ways you can apply for admission to the University of South Carolina. Choose the application you are most comfortable using; we do not prefer one over another.

The atmosphere at South Carolina is unmatched. The campus is beautiful, the school spirit tremendous and the weather excellent. I like to describe it as a fantastic social environment meets top-notch academics.

Miranda Butler
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