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Admission requirements

All University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) undergraduate degree programmes are two-year and four-year post-secondary programmes, with some exceptions which may entail an additional semester to complete.  The following admission policies shall govern these degree programmes.

Applications for admission to the USC programmes must be processed via the USC Admissions Office. 

Regular Admission

NOTE:  Before 1998, a Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) pass at the general level was indicated by grades 1 or 2.  Beginning June 1998, a CXC/CSEC pass at general level is shown as 1, 2, or 3.

Regular admission to baccalaureate and associate degree programmes (minors not included) shall be on the basis of any certificate giving regular university entrance status, for the country of origin of the student making the application.  This may include one of the following:

  • Five O-level GCE/CSEC passes, including English Language.
  • Any combination of A-level GCE/CAPE and O-level GCE/CSEC passes equivalent to five subject areas, including English Language.
  • High School diploma and transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.00, from an accredited high school.
  • Three O-level GCE/CSEC passes, including English Language and the successful completion of the USC Pre-University Certificate.
  • Any combination of O-level GCE/CSEC passes, a transcript and diploma from an approved accredited tertiary institution. Six credits will be used from the transcript for each missing O-level, including English Language.
  • A transcript and diploma from an approved accredited tertiary institution. Six credits will be used from the transcript for each missing O-level, including English Language.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission to baccalaureate and associate degree programmes may be given if a student has one of the following:

  • Three O-Level GCE or CSEC passes including English Language, and recognized mature age in his/her country of origin.

    For a Trinidad and Tobago applicant, the mature age is 30 years.  For an applicant from a Caribbean country other than Trinidad and Tobago the mature age recognized for University entrance in the country of origin will apply.

    To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C and complete six (6) non-degree credits (not counted towards your degree) for each missing O-level GCE/CSEC pass, within the first two semesters with a concession of a third semester.

  • Three O-level GCE or CSEC passes including English Language and a GED certificate with an average composite score of 580, with no single score below 145 on the GED examination (as of 2013).

    To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters, with a concession of a third semester.

  • A GED certificate with an average composite score of 660, with no single score below 165 on the GED examination (as of 2013).

    To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters, with a concession of a third semester.

  • Mature age and GED certificate with an average composite score of 580, with no single score below 145 on the GED examination (as of 2013).

    To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters with a concession of a third semester.

  • Five O-level GCE or CSEC passes including English Language but lacks a required O-level GCE or CSEC pass.

    To achieve regular status, the student must earn the required O-level GCE or CSEC pass or complete the preliminary courses in the lacking area within the first year.

A student who lacks the required number of O-level GCE or CSEC passes for regular admission into a programme of choice, can register with the Student Advisement Center (SAC) for instructional support to write the CSEC examination.    

Note: All Provisional Students must follow the procedures outlined below:
Read and SIGN the USC Provisional Contract at the Admissions Office before collecting the  Acceptance Letter.  Upon fulfillment of provisional requirements, visit the Provisional Officer in the Records Office for documentation of your regularization.