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Graduate School

After You Apply

You've submitted your application to grad school. Fantastic! Now what happens? 

A Two-Step Decision Process

Graduate students are admitted through a cooperative effort between the Graduate School and the college or department they applied to. 

1. Your college or department reviews your application.

The college or department you're applying to makes an admission recommendation to the Graduate School.

2. The Graduate School makes the official decision.

The Graduate School reviews your credentials and makes a formal decision regarding your admission. You are not an admitted student until the Graduate School has officially confirmed your admission. 


Common Questions

If you applied using the general graduate school application, check your  Manage My Account  portal for updates about where your application or document is in the process.  If your application was through a different vendor, return to your application portal to verify your submission.  Otherwise, please check with your program office for more information.

Application review schedules are at the discretion of the department. Contact your department or program director with questions about the schedule.

The Graduate School will email you notifying you of your official decision. 

Congratulations! Check out our New Students page for everything you need to get started with grad school at the University of South Carolina.

You will not be able to register for classes or apply for aid until the Graduate School has officially confirmed your admission. This may take a few weeks after your graduate program notifies you of your recommended acceptance. 

There may be other reasons for your registration hold. Follow up with your graduate program for more information. 

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