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 2,700 students enrolled per year at SC State.

Many of the students getting into SC State had an SAT score within the range of 840 to 990, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 15 to 17. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the SC State average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.64 - 2.72. An estimated 70 percent of all applicant were admitted at South Carolina State University, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 21 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SC State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for South Carolina State University was reported as 66.4% in Fall 2020 with over 2,630 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: 15 - 17
  • SC State Average GPA: 2.64 - 2.72

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 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for South Carolina State University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 86.2%
  • 2017-2018: 78.5%
  • 2018-2019: 53.2%
  • 2019-2020: 66.4%
  • Projected SC State Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 62.6%

How Does SC State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for South Carolina State University is seventeen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Claflin University55.2%
Columbia College96.6%
Columbia International University47.9%

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
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SC State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading420 - 500
Math420 - 490
Total Score840 - 990
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score15 - 17
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