Sand Shark Scholars is an invitation only program for students who were originally denied access to USC Beaufort but were close to meeting university admission requirements.  Any student who applies to USC Beaufort who qualifies for the program will be sent an invitation to join and the next steps required to enroll.

Students eligible for this residential program must have a minimum of 2.0 cumulative high school core GPA to qualify for the program. Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative high school core GPA will be considered on a space available basis.

As the Scholars program is a collaborative partnership between both institutions, students applying to USC Salkehatchie will not be extended admissions to this program. Applicants that are a resident of Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Colleton and Hampton, S.C. will not be eligible for the Scholars program and will be encouraged to apply to USC Salkehatchie for regular admission.

The Sand Shark Scholars Program extends for one year, from the fall through spring semester.  Each semester program students will be enrolled in five program specific courses. To successfully complete the program, students must earn 30 transferrable credit hours and earn at least a 2.0 GPA within the designated time frame.