Freshman Admission Requirements
All incoming freshmen must obtain a high school diploma with a satisfactory academic record, and successfully complete all required college preparatory courses. In evaluating your application, the university will consider your high school record, SAT or ACT scores, recommendations and extracurricular activities. GED recipients will also be considered for admission but will need to include a letter of intent.
The following must be submitted in order to complete the application process:
1. Proper completion of all application materials, and a $32 non-refundable application fee or signed fee waiver.
2. Acceptable scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) – please have your official test scores sent to the Admissions Office either through the test sending system or through your high school guidance office.
SAT Code: 5442 ACT Code: 3856
3. Successful completion of the following core courses:
English - 4 units
At least two having strong grammar and composition components, at least one in English literature, and at least one in American literature (completion of college preparatory English I, II, III, and IV will meet these requirements).
Math - 4 units
Including College Prep Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics course should be selected from among Algebra III/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, or a capstone mathematics course and should be taken during the senior year.
Laboratory Science - 3 units
Two units must be taken in two different fields and selected from biology, chemistry, or physics; the third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, or physics) but must have biology, chemistry or physics as a prerequisite. NOTE- Physical Science is not considered as a laboratory science for admission purposes.
Foreign Language - 2 units
Two units of the same foreign language.
Social Science - 3 units
One unit of U.S. history is required; a half unit of economics and a half unit in government is strongly recommended.
Fine Arts - 1 unit
One unit in Appreciation of, History of, or Performance in one of the fine arts.
Electives - 1 unit
One college preparatory unit must be taken from the following fields select from among computer science (strongly recommended), English, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, laboratory science (excluding earth science, general physical science, general environmental science or other introductory science courses for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite), mathematics above the level of Algebra II, and social sciences.
Physical Education or ROTC - 1 unit
NOTE: Due to financial exigencies in some school districts in South Carolina the fine art credit might be difficult to obtain. Please make every effort to utilize the S.C. Virtual High School which includes a new set of online courses in music and art history. Students who do not meet the above criteria may apply and will be considered on a case by case basis. Once you have submitted all of this information, the Office of Admissions will send you a notification of your admissions status within about a week of receiving all the materials.
Once you have submitted all of this material, the Office of Admissions will send a decision letter to you within about a week of receiving all of your materials. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please call the Office of Admissions (843)661-1231.