Parents outside residence hall with new University of SC student

UofSC Welcome

Each fall, we roll out the garnet carpet for our new and returning students and their families. The bustling week of activities, which begins on Move-in Day, includes a number of fun, on-campus events such as First Night Carolina, Convocation, the start of classes and more.

UofSC Welcome 2017 was one for the record books. A total of 8,675 students moved into their on-campus residences beginning on Aug. 22 and enjoyed several, action-packed days before classes began on Aug. 24.

Welcome (or Welcome Back) to All

It's just a few days, but it's a busy time for new and returning students. Take a glance at top events and tips. 

male student moving in with lots of boxes

Move-In Day

Move-in is a busy blur of packing, loading, unloading and unpacking. We work hard to make your move as stress-free as possible with plenty of helping hands, careful orchestration and plenty of refreshing water to help you beat the S.C. heat.

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Carolina Welcome

Take a few days to get to know the campus and meet your fellow students. Plan to attend First Night Carolina and Convocation — two important moments you'll never forget.

rocking chairs on the porch watching the sunset

Where to Stay

Many local hotels offer special rates for visitors to campus so mention us when you make your hotel reservations. If you're planning to stay in town a few days, see our calendar for events and Explore Columbia for can't-miss local experiences.