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  • Lumpkin Auditorium
  • Lumpkin Auditorium
  • Lumpkin Auditorium
  • Dining Area Behind Lumpkin Auditorium
  • Dining Area Behind Lumpkin Auditorium

Lumpkin Auditorium

Located on the eighth floor of the Close-Hipp building, the Lumpkin Auditorium is a perfect venue for lectures and large meetings for up to 150.  The pre-function lobby and dining area overlooking the campus behind the auditorium is ideal for poster sessions, breaks and receptions.

The Lumpkin Auditorium features:

  • seating for 150 guests at classroom tables
  • a smart lectern with built in touch screen technology
  • a full arrangement of wireless microphones
  • a white board
  • a front stage area perfect for panels or demonstrations
  • audio-visual specialists available upon request


Pre-function and Dining Room Areas

Surrounding Lumpkin Auditorium is pre-function space and a dining area that looks over north campus which can be used for registration, poster sessions, information tables, and dining for your guests.


The rental fee includes the cleaning/setup of the room, smart lecturn and one wireless microphone. Additional rental items are available upon request at an additional fee.

These room rental rates are based on rental during the hours of Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.  Rooms can be scheduled outside of these hours, however, additional fees of $50.00 per hour will apply. 

 Meeting Room Capacity  USC  External
Lumpkin Auditorium (Half Day - up to 6 hours)  150 $250  $400
Lumpkin Auditorium (Full Day - over 6 hours)  150 $500 $800
Pre-function - Dining Area  N/A $150 $300



Parking is available in the surface lot adjacent to the Close-Hipp building at a rate of $25 per event plus $10 per meter per day.  If you choose to reserve more than 20 spaces, we recommend hiring a guard to guarantee the spaces.  There is a minimum of four hours required to hire a guard at a rate of $20 per hour.  Our office will work with you to make these arrangements.



USC's full-service caterer, Horseshoe Catering can be reached by calling 803-777-7919 or email at  Choose from a variety of menus or customize something special for your program.  Horseshoe Catering strives to provide you with the freshest selections of food items, beautifully displayed and served professionally.