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University requirements place considerably more demands on the intellectual abilities and interest of the student than does high school, but high achievement in high school is an indication of the ability to do well in college. Admission is granted to applicants giving evidence of adequate preparation and ability to pursue successfully tertiary education at South Carolina State University. For the Admission of first-time entering freshmen, major emphasis is place on the successful completion of all required college preparatory courses (as determined by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education), grade point average (GPA), and rank-in-class. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or American College Test (ACT) score is evaluated in conjunction with the high school scholastic achievement.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who, in the judgment of the Admissions Committee or the Director of Admissions, may not benefit from South Carolina State University’s educational program or whose presence or conduct may impact negatively on its program.

The University also reserves the right to look beyond the basic academic credentials to grant admission to applicants, when an applicant possesses special talents and accomplishments that will contribute to the institutional program.

Distance education courses offered by South Carolina State University may require students to complete an examination in a proctored environment to confirm the students' identity. There is no charge for exams proctored in the Assessment Center on campus.; however, a fee will be charged for remote test proctoring services provided by a commercial company.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information including statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. As a current or prospective SC State University employee, you have the right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. For more information regarding Campus Safety and our Annual Security and Fire Safety Report please visit the web page below: http://police.scsu.edu/annual-security-reports/.