Do you require the writing portion of the SAT?

Applicants may submit the writing section of the SAT as part of their application file; however, at this time, we do not consider the writing score when reviewing for admission.

What if my grades and test scores are below SCAD's preference?

All applicants may submit supplementary materials to enhance their admission files. Applicants whose high school or secondary school grade-point average is below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or who did not score at least 1000 on the SAT (math and reading only) or at least 21 on the ACT are strongly encouraged to submit supplementary materials, such as a portfolio, audition or writing submission, recommendations, statement of purpose, résumé/list of achievements and awards, and personal or telephone interview. These items will enhance your application and give the committee a better understanding of what type of student you will be if accepted to SCAD.

What should I do to prepare to apply to SCAD?

We give admission preference to students with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above and scores at the national average or above, which is 1000 for the SAT (combined math and critical reading) or a composite score of 21 for the ACT. We encourage all students to apply, however. If your scores are below the recommended SCAD average, there are several supplemental items you can submit to help strengthen your overall file, such as a résumé, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Review the undergraduate admission requirements at

I have dual citizenship. Should I apply as a domestic or international student?

Students who have dual citizenship are considered U.S. citizens regardless of where they live or what their other legal citizenship is. They should apply as domestic students.

Do you accept home-schooled applicants?

Yes, SCAD welcomes home-schooled students. Review our freshman admission information for more details about this admission option and to apply as an incoming freshman.

I have a GED. Can I apply to SCAD?

Yes. A certificate of General Educational Development from the American Council of Education is considered equivalent to a diploma from a U.S. high school.

What are the language/math course requirements for acceptance?

We do not have a language/math course requirement. Whatever the student's high school requires of them to graduate, we will accept.

Does SCAD accept the Common Application (Common App)?

Yes. You can find the Common App at Students submitting the Common App will still have to pay the $40 application fee. Additionally, the Common App is also integrated with SlideRoom. If students choose to submit a portfolio, they are redirected to SlideRoom, where they can submit the portfolio through the Common App Undergraduate Portfolio category. The SlideRoom fee (whether they go through the Common App or the SCAD website) is $10.

Can I save my application and come back to it later?

If you start the application but do not complete it, it will not be saved and you will have to start over from the beginning. If you complete the application and submit without paying the $40 application fee, you will receive an email with portal instructions, but you will not be assigned to an admission adviser. The only way to get an admission adviser is to complete the application in its entirety and pay the $40 fee.

What are the SAT/ACT/AP codes for SCAD?

To have an official report of SAT or ACT scores sent directly to SCAD, applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents should use SAT code 5631 or ACT code 0855 on the test forms. The code to have AP scores sent to SCAD is 5631.