The Honors College enrolls exceptional students. Admission requires excellent high-school grades, strong scores on the SAT or ACT, and completion of an application to the Honors College including an essay.
The mid-range of scores--between 25% and 75% of all scores--for the 2013 Freshman class was between 1390 and 1470 (SAT critical reading and math) . The average weighted GPA was 4.65.
Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to learn more about minimum course requirements for admission to the University.
In addition to the general application for undergraduate admission to the University of South Carolina, potential students must also complete a supplemental application to the South Carolina Honors College. The application to the Honors College also serves as the application for the Carolina/McNair Scholars awards and may be found online as part of the general application to USC.
Your freshman application to the University of South Carolina must be submitted by November 15. If you complete the admissions application online and your self-reported scores are high enough, you will be invited to apply for the Honors College and top scholarships at the point of application. The following materials are required for submission by November 15 and should be sent to the University of South Carolina Admissions Office:
- Honors Supplement. Honors College applicants should submit their general University application and the Honors College/Top Scholars supplemental application together as one complete document online. As you complete the admissions application online, if your self-reported scores are high enough, you will be invited to apply for the Honors College and top scholarships at the point of application. If you do not complete the Honors portion of the application at that time, or you weren’t given access to this portion of the application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-868-5872 to secure a paper copy of the most recent application.
- Official SAT or ACT test scores. Scores are required for all dates the test(s) were take and must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard or ACT, respectively. Unfortunately, the University cannot accept scores from official high-school transcripts. If you take the SAT, you must designate USC Columbia as a score recipient using the school code of 5818. If you take the ACT, you should use the USC Columbia school code of 3880.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation. Ask the individuals recommending you to cite your legal last name, given first name, and middle name/initial in the letter; to state how long they have known you and in what capacity; and to comment on your intellectual capacity, leadership potential, communication skills, integrity, and creativity.
- Application fee waiver (optional). Fee waivers are available for students currently enrolled in high school and receiving fee waivers for the SAT or ACT. A fee waiver form, obtainable from your high-school guidance counselor, must be submitted with the admission application. Fee waivers are also available for high school seniors who are dependents of a full-time USC Columbia faculty or staff members.
Please note that the above information is subject to change. Please visit Undergraduate Admissions for the most up-to-date admissions information.