Students applying for freshman admission to the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus will not be required to submit standardized test scores.
The university said the move is being made because of testing interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students applying for the spring, summer or fall 2021 terms may instead provide supplemental materials for consideration in the university’s review process.
“We realize that this is an unusual time for students and that access to testing is not the same as before the pandemic,” Mary Wagner, executive director of undergraduate admissions, said in a news release. “We want to assure students they will be considered for admission to UofSC even if they cannot sit for a test.”
The test-optional policy applies to students applying for general university and South Carolina Honors College admission, as well as merit scholarships. The one-year pilot was approved by the Faculty Senate Committee on Admissions, and additional details for applicants will be posted on Aug. 1 on USC’s admissions website, according to a news release.
“I want to thank the Faculty Senate for this pilot to help students who, through no fault of their own, have had their planned academic trajectory interrupted by COVID-19,” Bob Caslen, university president, said.” We hope it will ultimately expand access to our institution, which is here to serve the students of South Carolina and beyond, even during uncertain times.”