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Each year, we roll out the garnet carpet for our new and returning University of South Carolina students. For the fall of 2021, students will be treated to two weeks of fun and free activities to celebrate their arrival back on campus.

During UofSC Welcome 2021, students will rejoin our campus community over a three-day period. Once the unpacking stops and families head home, students have time to explore campus and meet their fellow classmates before and after classes begin on Thurs., Aug. 19.

Beginning with Move-In Days Aug. 11-16 , students can join in on a range of campus events such as First Night Carolina, New Student Convocation, Bustle at the Russell, GlowFest, student organization and part-time job fairs, Service Saturday and more. Check back for event details on the student calendar.

Welcome (or Welcome Back) to All

 The days before and after classes begin are a busy but fun time for both new and returning students. Learn how to make your move to campus as stress-free as possible.

Student moving in belongings

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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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.


Welcome Events

Gamecock Picture Show: Uncharted Movie Night

Thursday, Jun. 16, 2022

Location: Davis Field II

Gamecock Picture Show: Pirates of the Caribbean

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

Location: Davis Field II

IFC on Greene

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Location: RHUU Greene Street

MAPP Kickoff!

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Location: Russell House Ballroom

Gamecock Greeting Crew

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

Location: RHUU Pickens Street Bridge Space 01

Gamecock Greeting Crew

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

Location: RHUU Davis Circle Space 01, Davis Field II

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