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Wherever you are going in life, whatever you want to achieve, your journey starts at South Carolina State University. And that journey begins with applying for admission to SC State!

SC State has a tradition of empowering our students with the skills to succeed in any area. It began with our founding in 1896 and carried over to our proud history as a historically black college and university (HBCU). That tradition carries on today with our current status as a leading research institute and professional training ground for students in the Southeast (and beyond). Generations of scholars, leaders, generals, creators, and entrepreneurs have passed through our halls, and we boast more than 30,000 alumni with more than 18,500 working and improving their communities in South Carolina.

We can't wait for you to join us and be part of our legacy of excellence.

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Admissions Policies and Procedures


Begin your college admissions process by following the instructions below. You'll find key instructions, information on entrance requirements, and the deadlines for applications. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information on paying for school.

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Admission

Discover a one-of-a-kind college experience that will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed! Whether you're fresh out of high school, transferring from another college or university, or seeking readmittance, you'll feel right at home at SC State. We offer supportive faculty and staff who are truly invested in your success and over a dozen academic departments offering a wide variety of majors and areas of study. Learn more about our undergraduate entrance requirements, then begin preparing your application to SC State.

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Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission

Take your education to the next level and stand out from the crowd in your chosen field with a master's degree from SC State. Choose from over seven departments offering master's programs—including one of only three doctoral programs in Education Administration in South Carolina and one of two accredited master's degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology—and begin working toward your graduate degree. You'll emerge from SC State with a vast level of skill and knowledge, ready to excel.

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Online and Distance Education Admission

Online and Distance Education Admission

Learn on your own terms and on your own time with SC State's Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE). Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level programs and learn online at your convenience. CODE offers you flexible access to your courses so you can fit your education into your busy life while getting the same quality education you'd receive in person at SC State, taught by our highly qualified and passionate faculty.

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Open House

Each spring, the Division of Enrollment Management hosts an Open House for students, families and school groups to showcase what the university has to offer from academics to campus life. It's an opportunity to speak with meet student leaders, admissions counselors and financial aid counselors while celebrating our proud HBCU culture. The SC State cheerleaders and the Marching 101 Band's Drum Line are always hand to show off their skills.
Contact the Office of Admissions at 803-536-7186 or for more information.

Visit SC State

Still need convincing? We invite you to visit: once you see our beautiful campus and feel the energy here, you'll know for sure that SC State is right for now.

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Bulldog Ready

Once you've applied and been accepted to SC State, new freshmen and transfer students can get a head start on entering the university during Bulldog Ready. Bulldog Ready is a series of spring and summer registration workshops designed to smoothly assist you through the enrollment and registration process before you start classes. Counselors from Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing and the Student Success Center are on hand to answer questions and walk you through each step.

 Contact the First-Year Experience for more information.