University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC)

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University of South Carolina-Columbia can be found in Columbia, SC, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. SC has around thirty six thousand students enrolled per year.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 1180 (25th percentile) - 1370 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 25 (25th percentile) - 31 (75th percentile) on the ACT is typical among applicants that get into this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.42 - 3.71. University of South Carolina-Columbia admits roughly 70 percent of those that apply per year. Of those that are accepted, around 29 percent of students registered for enrollment. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 63%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of South Carolina-Columbia was reported as 68.6% in Fall 2020 with over 31,300 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 ACT Scores: 25 - 31
  • SC Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into University of South Carolina-Columbia?

Applicant Selectivity: High

University of South Carolina-Columbia has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of South Carolina-Columbia has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 68.1%
  • 2017-2018: 72.3%
  • 2018-2019: 63.1%
  • 2019-2020: 68.6%
  • Projected SC Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 62.9%

How Does University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of South Carolina-Columbia is twenty-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of North Carolina at Charlotte65.1%
College of Charleston78.3%
Clemson University51.3%
Coastal Carolina University68.9%
Georgia Southern University54.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes 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 University of South Carolina-Columbia (SC) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading600 - 680
Math580 - 690
Total Score1180 - 1370
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 33
Math24 - 29
Composite Score25 - 31
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