Admissions Requirements

  • Legal resident of the state of South Carolina
  • Complete at least 10.5 credits prior to the end of the school year of which you apply, including:
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Geometry
    • English I
    • English II
    • A social studies course
    • A lab science course
  • Demonstrate emotional and mental maturity

Not required, but encouraged, are:

  • US government
  • Economics
  • US history
  • Physical education
  • Health
  • A second lab science
  • A computer science course
  • A fine arts course
  • One or two years of a foreign language 

We do not accept applications for the senior year only.

Application Checklist

Click here for an application overview and instructions.

  1. Online application due February 1, 2016
  2. Signature sheet
  3. Optional parent statement 
  4. English, science and math teacher evaluations
  5. School counselor evaluation
  6. Official high school transcript including first semester grades, list of second semester courses and class rank
  7. Most recent ACT, PSAT and/or SAT scores taken since January 1, 2015

Teachers and school counselors will be contacted for evaluations on your behalf starting on December 1, after you have submitted their contact information within the online application.

Standardized Tests

  • Last SAT test date to apply for GSSM C/O 2018:  Jan 23 (deadline is Dec 28)
  • Last ACT test date to apply for GSSM C/O 2018:  Dec 12 (deadline is Nov 6)

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Nondiscrimination Statement

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability in admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to Mr. Ernie Boyd, Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550, 843-383-3906.  For further information on federal non-discrimination regulations, including Title IX, contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at or call (800) 421-3481.