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Admission to the University of South Carolina

Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series Program

A. Eligibility
   To be eligible for admission to the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series, a student must:
Be a rising 6th through 12th grader;
Be academically talented and gifted as established by objective means;
Attend an institution or home school accredited by an approved state or national accreditation organization, or provide objective evidence of academic success as specified in subparagraph 4 below;
Submit a completed application to the CE&C Office and an report card / official transcript from an accredited institution subject to the following:
Applicants attending unaccredited institutions or institutions that do not award
traditional numeric grades may submit, in lieu of an official transcript, approved
standardized test scores (i.e., ACT, MAP, PACT, PSAT, PLAN, SAT, STAR, or ITBS
scores), or the results of a standard intelligence test administered by a licensed
psychologist (at the applicant’s expense).
Applicants who have previously attended Adventure Series programs will need to submit an updated report card / official transcript and be in good standing (i.e., no disciplinary issues) at both their institution and the Adventure Series.
Students who participated in Duke TIP Talent Search at 4/5 or 7/8 Grades are automatically accepted into the program upon submission of an application and proof of Duke TIP Identification Number or SC Junior Scholar status and recent report card/ official transcript..
All applicants must be covered by a valid health insurance policy during their enrollment in a Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series course, proof of which must be provided on the standard Consent and Waiver.
B. Acceptance
The University of South Carolina Carolina Master Scholars Program does not discriminate in
educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
Completed applications, report card / transcripts or test scores are reviewed and evaluated holistically by the CE&C Office to determine if an applicant should be admitted to the Adventure Series.
Because admission to the Adventure Series is highly competitive and limited to academically
talented students, an applicant generally must meet one of the following criteria in order to be
selected for admission:
Maintain a grade point average equivalent to a 3.0 GPA.
Score at or above the 93rd percentile nationally in reasoning ability on a standardized
aptitude test; or
Score at or above the 94th percentile nationally on a standardized achievement test; or
Be classified as gifted and talented based on the results of a standard intelligence test.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Enrollments in Adventure Series classes are
limited, and applicants found to meet eligibility requirements will be offered admission on a
first come, first served basis.



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