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Some South Carolina Applicants Rejected ... and Accepted, Too

Magazine article University Business

Some South Carolina Applicants Rejected ... and Accepted, Too

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Students who aren't accepted to the University of South Carolina main campus this spring may still receive some good news with their rejection letters.

In a new admissions initiative, students the university cannot accommodate due to space or who aren't quite meeting academic qualifications may receive automatic acceptance letters to one of the four two-year campuses in the system. South Carolina plans to expand the program to include acceptance to the system's four-year campuses in 2015, says university spokesperson Wes Hickman.

Students will be accepted based on each branch campus' criteria. Where students live and which branch campus has an academic program suited to them also will be factors in the decisions. Accepted students will also be encouraged to transfer to four-year campuses later on.

"The purpose of this program is to benefit the students of South Carolina by giving them increased access to baccalaureate degrees," Hickman says. "It's our way of saying that it doesn't matter where you come into our system. …

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