Free Application & Free Tuition!

There is no tuition to attend GSSM's Residential Program. While there are fees associated with some January Interim course choices, and the meal plan, the State of South Carolina provides funding for housing and courses offered by GSSM.

During the changes required by the COVID-19 pandemic, the admissions team is available virtually to introduce you to GSSM and to answer your questions. Email us at

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PLEASE NOTE: All accepted, enrolled, and wait-listed applicants must send their final report cards to GSSM as soon as possible.

For questions, please contact Ashley Koontz, Enrollment Coordinator:

Applications for GSSM's 2-Year Residential Program are accepted for the student's Junior Year only.

Admissions Requirements

  • Current resident of the state of South Carolina
  • Complete a minimum of 10.5 credits prior to the end of the school year of which you apply, including:
  • 7-8 total hours of coursework in the following areas
    • 6 credit hours in the following core courses:
      • Algebra 1
      • Algebra 2
      • Geometry
      • English 1
      • English 2
      • One lab science course (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
    • 1-2 credit hours in one of the following areas:
      • One year of a foreign language 
      • One social studies course
    • 2.5-3.5 additional credit hours in the following areas:
      • US government
      • Economics
      • US history
      • Physical education/JROTC
      • Health
      • Second lab science
      • Social studies course
      • Computer science (including keyboarding)
      • Fine arts
      • One or two years of the same foreign language
      • Any elective course
  • Demonstrate emotional and mental maturity

Application Checklist

  1. Online application 
  2. Essay and short-answer responses
  3. Signature sheet
  4. Optional parent statement 
  5. English, Science, and Math teacher evaluations
  6. School counselor evaluation
  7. Official high school transcript including first semester grades, list of second semester courses and class rank. Transcripts must contain all hours/credits and grades to be considered for admissions.
  8. Standardized Test Optional: Due to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 official PSAT, Pre-ACT, SAT or ACT scores taken since January 2020 are optional. For more information on our test optional policy, please visit our test optional page.
  9. Math Admissions Test: After the application close date, Admissions will review applications and invite qualified residential applicants to take the Math Admissions Test as part of the application process during “Golden Opportunity Days." This is required for invited applicants only.

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

Standardized Tests

  • Last SAT test date to apply for GSSM Class of 2023: Dec. 5 (registration deadline is Nov. 5)
  • Last ACT test date to apply for GSSM Class of 2023: Dec. 12 (registration deadline is Nov. 6)

GSSM does not require students to take the essay portion for either test. Use GSSM Code 410997 to submit an official score for the SAT. Use GSSM Code 410997 to submit an official score for the ACT.

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 Mrs. Anne Brumley, Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, 401 Railroad Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550, 843-383-3906. For further information on federal nondiscrimination regulations, including Title IX, contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at or call (800) 421-3481.