USC Grads Flock to Statehouse to Protest Proposed School Admissions Law
State Representative Chip Limehouse Feels USC is Too Picky
By Chris Peterson
Around 200 USC graduates gathered at South Carolina's Statehouse Thursday to protest a bill that would limit the number of out of in-state students admitted to USC, order lower academic entrance requirements, and put a cap on tuition.
The university says the school accepts all academically eligible in-state residents who apply now.
State Representative Chip Limehouse says the university has set its admission standards too high.
"By their standards yeah, I would say they are accepting every academically eligible student by their standards. But, we keep raising the bar and that leaves some folks behind who aren't the best testers, but if they got into the university they would excel," said Limehouse.
USC's Vice President of Communications Luanne Lawrence, says lowering academic standards is not an option.
"The University of South Carolina-Columbia, our admission standards are the 1,000 SAT and the 3.0 GPA standards. That should not change. Columbia needs to be the number one research university in the state," said Lawrence.