South Carolina State University (SC State)

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South Carolina State University is a historically black college found in Orangeburg, SC. There are around 4,800 students enrolled per year at SC State.

Many of the students getting into SC State had an SAT score within the range of 825 to 852, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 17 to 19. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the SC State average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.80 - 2.90. An estimated 50 percent of all applicant were admitted at South Carolina State University, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 25 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SC State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for South Carolina State University was reported as 50.8% in Fall 2013 with over 4,500 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SC State ACT Scores: 17 - 19
  • SC State Average GPA: 2.80 - 2.90

How Hard Is It to Get into South Carolina State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

When considering the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to SC State and comparing to other schools nationwide, applicant selectivity is lower than most other schools.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for South Carolina State University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 75.4%
  • 2010-2011: 78.2%
  • 2011-2012: 95.8%
  • 2012-2013: 97.1%
  • 2013-2014: 50.8%
  • Projected SC State Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 76.0%

How Does SC State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for South Carolina State University is nine percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Claflin University52.6%
Voorhees College50.5%
Columbia College65.0%
Columbia International University62.6%
University of South Carolina-Aiken51.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SC State (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score17 - 19
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