Freshman Admission Requirements

Admissions decisions are based on high school course selection, grades and SAT or ACT scores. The successful freshman applicant will demonstrate his or her potential for success by completing a College Preparatory Curriculum with an earned cumulative average of a 2.0 (4.0 scale) on the defined preparatory courses and who have a total score of 800 on the SAT (critical reading + math) or 17 composite score on the ACT. Exception to admission requirements will be considered for applicants who present extenuating circumstances.

Freshman applicants must submit:

Mail all admissions documents to the address listed below:

University of South Carolina Beaufort
Office of Admissions
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909

Applicants must apply for and take the required entrance examinations (SAT or ACT) well in advance of the term for which they seek admission, and they are responsible for having the results of these examinations sent to the University.

Application Status Check

If you applied for Fall 2013, you can check your status online at https://ssb.onecarolina.sc.edu/BANP/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon using the login ID and password you created when you applied to USCB. Please be aware that during peak processing periods, it may take two to three weeks for a document to be marked as received. If you have any questions after checking your status, use admissions@uscb.edu to contact the Office of Admissions.

College Preparatory Curriculum

College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) diploma is mandatory for admission to USCB.   Prospective students must have adequate preparation for the curriculum in which they plan to enroll. Applicants for admission are required to complete a college preparatory program with units distributed among the following academic subjects:

  1. English (4 units). At least two units must have strong grammar and composition components, at least one must be in English literature, and at least one must be in American literature. Completion of college preparatory English I, II, III, and IV will meet this criterion.
  2. Mathematics (4 units). Effective for the academic year 2011-2012, entering freshman are required to complete four units of mathematics. These include Algebra I (for which Applied Mathematics I and II may count together as a substitute, if a student successfully completes Algebra II), Algebra II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics course should be selected from among Algebra III/trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, or a capstone mathematics course and should be taken during the senior year.
  3. Laboratory Science (3 units). Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical or life sciences and selected from among biology, chemistry, or physics. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, or physics) or from any laboratory science for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or introductory or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It is strongly recommended that students take physical science (taught as a laboratory science) as aprerequisite to the three required units of laboratory science outlined in this section.
  4. Social Studies (3 units). Three units of social studies. One unit of U.S. history is required; a half unit of economics and a half unit of government are strongly recommended.
  5. Foreign Language (2 units). Two units of foreign language must be in the same language.
  6. Fine Arts (1 unit). One unit in Appreciation of, History of, or Performance in one of the fine arts.
  7. Elective (1 unit). One unit must be taken as an elective. A college preparatory course in Computer Science (i.e., one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college preparatory courses in English; fine arts; foreign languages; social science; 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); or mathematics above the level of Algebra II.
  8. Physical Education (1 unit). One unit of physical education or ROTC is required.

Units Required:19

In addition to completion of the above units, students must meet requirements based on entrance examination scores and weighted core GPA. Applicants submitting an official General Educational Development (GED) score report should have an average total score of at least 450.

Applicants must complete additional units to meet or exceed state and local high-school graduation requirements. In choosing these electives, students should consider the recommendations given in the preceding listing for specific prospective majors.


AP/IB Credit

Traditionally, students who successfully complete the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) and higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in their high schools go on to achieve academic success at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Standard Level IB Courses will not receive credit for exams.

High scores on these tests may result in college credit at USCB. Students taking AP exams must earn a score of "3" or above in order to receive credit, while students enrolled in higher-level IB courses must score a minimum of "4" on IB examinations. In many cases, AP test scores higher than "3" and IB test scores higher than "4" result in additional college credit awards.

Students planning to attend USCB should have their AP scores sent to the University (school code5845) at the time of their testing.

To receive credit for higher-level IB examination scores, students must ask that official IB examination results be sent to the following address:

University of South Carolina Beaufort 
Office of Admissions 
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909

This information is subject to change. It is intended as a guide only. Credit awarded may change without notice.


AP Exam Area

AP Score

Credit Earned

AP Score

Credit Earned

AP Score

Credit Earned

American Government and Politics

3

BPOL 201

 

 

 

 

American History

3

BHIS 111

4,5

BHIS 111 and 112

 

 

Art History

3

BARE 101

4

BARH 105

5

BARH 105 and 106

Art Studio, 2-D

3

BATS 103

 

 

 

 

Art Studio, 3-D

3

BATS 104

 

 

 

 

Art Studio, Drawing

3

BATS 111

 

 

 

 

Biology

3

BBIO 101 and 101L

4,5

BBIO 101, 101L, 102, and 102L

 

 

Chemistry

3

BCHM 111 and 111L

4,5

BCHM 111, 111L, 112, and 112L

 

 

Chinese

3

CHIN 121

4,5

CHIN 121 and 122

 

 

Comparative Government and Politics

3

BPOL 103C

 

 

 

 

Computer Science-A

3

BCSE 145

 

 

 

 

Economics-Macro

3

BECO 222

 

 

 

 

Economics-Micro

3

BECO 221

 

 

 

 

English Language and Composition OR
English Composition and Literature

3 (on either)
3 (on both)

BENG 101

BENG 101 and 102

5 (on either or both)

BENG 101 and 102

 

 

Environmental Science

3

BBIO 270 and 270L

 

 

 

 

European History

3

BHIS 101

4,5

BHIS 101 and 102

 

 

French Language ORFrench Literature*

3 (on either)
3 (on both)

FREN 109

FREN 109 and 110

4,5 (on either or both)

FREN 109 and 110

 

 

German*

3

BGER 109

4,5

BGER 109 and 110

 

 

Human Geography

3

BGEO 121

 

 

 

 

Japanese

3

JAPA 121

4,5

JAPA 121 and 122

 

 

Latin Virgil

3

LATN 121

4,5

LATN 121 and 122

 

 

Mathematics-Calculus AB

3,4,5

BMTH 141

 

 

 

 

Mathematics-Calculus BC**

3,4,5

BMTH 141 and BMTH 142

 

 

 

 

Music Theory

3

MUSC 115

4

MUSC 115 and117

5

MUSC 115,116,117 and 118

Physics B

3

BPHY 201 and 201L

4,5

BPHY 201, 201L, 202 and 202L

 

 

Physics C, Part I, Mechanics
(with exemption from MATH 141)

3

BPHY 201 and 201L

4,5

BPHY 211 and 211L

 

 

Physics C, Part II, Electricity and Magnetism (with exemption from MATH 141)

3

BPHY 202 and 202L

4,5

BPHY 212 and 212L

 

 

Psychology

3

BPSY 101

 

 

 

 

Spanish Language OR 
Spanish Literature

3
3 (on both)

BSPA 109
BSPA 109 and 110

4,5 (on either or both)

BSPA 109 and 110

 

 

Statistics

3, 4

BSTA 110

5

BSTA 110 and 201

 

 

World History

3

BHIS 115
(Topics in the Liberal Arts)

 

 

 

 

 

IB Exam Area

IB Score

Credit Earned

IB Score

Credit Earned

Biology

4

BBIO 101 and 101L

5,6,7

BBIO 101, 101L, 102 and 102L

Business and Management

4

BMGT 371

5,6,7

BMGT 371 and 376

Chemistry

4

BCHM 111 and 111L

5,6,7

BCHM 111, 111L, 112 and 112L

Computing Studies

4

BCSE 145 and 210

5,6,7

BCSE 145,146, and 212

Economics

4

BECO 221

5,6,7

BECO 222

English A1

4

BENG 101

5,6,7

BENG 101 and 102

French B*

4,5

BFRE 122 and 209

6,7

BFRE 209 and 210

Latin B*

4

LATN 121 and 122

5,6,

7

LATN 122 and 301
LATN 301 and 312

Mandarin B**

 

 

 

 

Spanish B*

4,5

BSPA 122 and 209

6,7

BSPA 209 and 210

Geography

4

BGEO 103

 

 

German B*

4,5

BGER 122 and 210

6,7

BGER 210 and 211

History

4

BIS 102 and 112

 

 

Italian B*

4,5

ITAL 122 and 221

6,7

ITAL 221 and 222

Mathematics

4

BMTH 141

5,6,7

BMTH 141 and 142

Music

4

MUSC 115

5,6,7

MUSC 115 and 116

Physics

4

BPHY 201 and 201L

5,6,7

BPHY 201, 201L, 202, and 202L

Psychology

4

BPSY 101

 

 

Social Anthropology

4

BANT 102

 

 

Theatre Arts

4

THEA 200

 

 

Visual Arts

4

BATS 103

5 or higher

BATS 103 and 104

 

 

 

 

 


* Students scoring 4 or higher on any higher level IB foreign-language examination are not required to take the University's placement; lower scores, however will require the placement test. Students receiving credit through IB foreign-language examinations may not receive additional advanced-standing credit for 100-level courses.
** Scores of 4 or above are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and include an oral interview.

Non-Traditional Freshmen

Non-traditional students at USCB are students who are 25 years of age or older. Non-traditional students may also be students who did not attend college the semester after they graduated from high school. Applicants submitting an official General Educational Development (GED) score report should have an average total score of at least 450.

Admissions Requirements for Non-Traditional Students 
Non-traditional students must submit the same credentials as other applicants.

Applicants must submit:

  • Official high school transcript or official General Educational Development (GED) score report or college transcripts.
  • Students who are 25 years of age or older are not required to submit SAT or ACT results.

Timeline

USCB has Rolling Admissions. Apply early and USCB will send you an admission decision in two to four weeks.

Fall Semester Application Deadline– August 1

  • All application materials must be received by the close of business on the posted deadline date - not the postmark date.
  • Fall applicants should respond by May 1 to guarantee a place in the entering class.

Spring Semester- Late November  

Summer Semester- Late April- May