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International Undergraduate Application

Undergraduate Requirements

Here’s what you need to know before applying to Charleston Southern University.

CSU has a Test Flexible admissions policy for students applying for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021. Students with at least a 3.0 GPA (on an unweighted 4.0 scale) do not need to submit standardized test scores to complete the undergraduate application!

All first-time freshman applicants should provide a high school transcript, listing an unweighted GPA, to be considered for admission. An unofficial copy can be emailed directly to! Additional documentation, such as an essay, resume and/or letter(s) of recommendation may be requested based on the student’s specific GPA.

Requirements for high school transcripts:

  • Four full credits of English, with a grade of C or better
  • Three full credits of Math (including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or higher), with a grade of C or better
  • Three full credits of Science courses (including two lab sciences), with a grade of C or better
  • Three full credits of Social Science/History courses, with a grade of C or better
  • Students who successfully completed and passed their AP, IB, and/or dual-enrolled coursework will have a higher likelihood of being admitted to the university.

Additional documents that may be requested based on unweighted high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale):

Personal essay: 

  • Topic of the student’s choice
  • Word count between 500 and 1,000 words

Suggested topics to include:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership activities
  • Church/missions activities
  • Awards/recognition
  • Work experience

Test scores are not required if the unweighted high school GPA is above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students are welcome to submit test scores! Submitting test scores could help the student qualify for a higher academic scholarship.

Requirements for SAT / ACT / CLT exam scores:

  • Regular admission: 530 EBRW / 490 Math on the SAT, 19 E / 19 M on the ACT, or 64 on the CLT

Dual Enrollment/CLEP/AP/IB (if applicable)

Official transcripts/scores must be sent from the institution/organization at which the credits/scores were achieved.

If you’re homeschooled, looking to transfer or an international student, we can help you through your application process with some useful recommendations too.

Procedure for Freshman Applicants

  • Complete the Online Application form
  • Submit official high school transcripts which may be obtained from high school counselors or principals.
  • OPTIONAL: Submit official SAT or ACT scores. Information as to dates and locations of SAT or ACT tests may be obtained from high school counselors.