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If you're an enrolled University of South Carolina student in good standing who is paying fees, you can use your CarolinaCard to access the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Paid memberships are also available for current and retired faculty/staff and spouses. Get details about membership options, guest passes, other fees and more.

Student Membership 

If you're taking a class without paying university fees you are not qualified to use the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. To use the center you must be:

  • Enrolled in good standing or pre-enrolled by fall semester
  • Paying fees to the University of South Carolina Columbia campus


Faculty & Staff Membership

Several types of annual memberships can be purchased by permanent full-time faculty and staff, retirees and their spouses. For a 30-day free trial, email Kim Dozier at

Faculty/Staff Membership Form [pdf]
Faculty/Staff Spouse Membership Form [pdf]
Faculty/Staff Plus One Membership Form [pdf]

For more information about memberships call 803-576-9375.

The Strom is the best fitness facility I have ever used by far. The equipment is high quality, the facility itself is spacious and versatile, and there is good camaraderie among the early bird regulars, all of which help to create an excellent environment for fitness activities.

George Lampl, Associate General Counsel


Student Spouse Membership

Membership is available for spouses of current students. Enrollment status will be verified during the application process. Your membership will be cancelled if your spouse's university and/or membership status changes.

What You'll Need to Apply

  • Your University of South Carolina Spouse ID card.
  • Your fee payment.
  • Your spouse to verify sponsorship of your membership.

Spouse of Student Membership Form [pdf] 


Membership Policies and Conditions

Memberships to the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center are non-transferable, non-refundable and membership fees are subject to change.

Facilities and services will be available on a regular basis; however, they may be discontinued for a given period because of directives from the university, major maintenance projects, or unforeseen circumstances. Memberships are not prorated because of these events.


Guest Policy and Passes

Guests must be sponsored by a valid University of South Carolina-Columbia student, or a faculty/staff member of the Strom Thurmond Center. You can present your CarolinaCard and pay the $10 guest fee to receive a one-day pass. Any guest you bring must also pay a separate guest fee.

Guest Policy »

Non-Member One-Day Passes

Non-member faculty and staff may present a CarolinaCard and pay the $10.00 guest fee for one-day use of the facility but cannot sponsor a guest.


Additional Fees

These programs and services are available to Strom Thurmond Center members at an extra cost.

  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Intramural Sports
  • Sports Clubs
  • Outdoor Adventure Trips
  • Locker Rental
  • Towel Service
  • Equipment Rental

View fee schedule [pdf]