Incoming Freshman
Your Path to USCB

Provost at Table with StudentsFollow these steps to become a USCB Sand Shark:

  • Schedule a campus visit.
  • Submit a Freshman application.
  • Pay the $40 non-refundable application fee (or enter waiver code).
  • Submit high school transcript or upload an unofficial copy in your application portal. Must include a minimum college preparatory curriculum (core) GPA of a 2.0.
  • SAT/ACT test scores (not required for an admission decision, but required for South Carolina state scholarships):

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  • Application deadline:
    • Fall: July 1
    • Spring: December 1
    • Summer: May 1
  • Financial Aid priority deadline is March 1.   
  • Enrollment Deposit is due by May 1 or, if accepted after May 1, within 2 weeks of receiving your acceptance letter. 
  • Housing priority deadline is April 15.

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Application Status

The Admissions Office communicates decisions within two weeks from the date that all required transcripts are received.  Reminder: Reporting SAT/ACT scores to USCB is optional in 2023-2024.
Check your application status online using the login ID and password you created when applying to USCB.


USCB Mascot and UofSC Mascot Posing TogetherWhat is the College Preparatory Curriculum?

Prospective students are required to complete a College Preparatory Curriculum with a minimum 2.0 core grade point average, which includes 20 units of the following academic subjects (detailed information can be found below):

FOUR UNITS OF ENGLISH: All four units must have strong reading (including works of fiction and non-fiction), writing, communicating, and researching components. It is strongly recommended that students take two units that are literature based, including American, British, and World Literature.

FOUR UNITS OF MATHEMATICS: These units must include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics unit should be taken before or during the senior year.

THREE UNITS OF LABORATORY SCIENCE: Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical, earth, or life sciences and selected from among biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science) or from any laboratory science for which biology, chemistry, physics and/or earth science is a prerequisite. Courses in general or introductory science for which one of these four units is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It’s strongly recommended that students desiring to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering or technology take one course in all four fields: biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.

TWO UNITS OF THE SAME WORLD LANGUAGE: Two units with a heavy emphasis on language acquisition.

THREE UNITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE: One unit of U.S. History, a half unit of Economics, and a half unit of Government are required. World History or Geography is strongly recommended.

ONE UNIT OF FINE ARTS: One unit in appreciation of, history of, or performance in one of the fine arts. This unit should be selected from among media/digital arts, dance, music, theater, or visual and spatial arts.

ONE UNIT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION OR ROTC: One unit of physical education to include one semester of personal fitness and another semester in lifetime fitness. Exemption applies to students enrolled in Junior ROTC and for students exempted because of physical disability or for religious reasons.

TWO UNITS OF ELECTIVES: Two units must be taken as electives. A college preparatory course in Computer Science (i.e., one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding or using applications) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college preparatory courses in English; fine arts; foreign languages; social science; humanities; mathematics; physical education; and laboratory science (courses for which biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science is a prerequisite).

Total: 20

Contact the Office of Admissions

Mailing Address:

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

Phone (843) 208-8055
Fax (843) 208-8290

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