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Instagrammable Campus Tour Spots

Heading to the University of South Carolina for a tour? Get your camera ready! One perk of having such a beautiful campus is that there are plenty of spots to get that perfect shot for your social feed. Check out these six “Instagrammable” photo ops to look out for on your campus tour.

Steps of McKissick Museum

The McKissick Museum, home to the Visitor Center, is where you’ll start and end your tour. Right outside this building are steps and beautiful columns that add depth to any photo. And since it’s right on the Horseshoe, you’ll surely find a Gamecock to take the picture and answer any questions you may have.

McKissick steps with gamecock flags hanging form them

Greene Street Gates

A fun part about USC is Greene Street, the road that runs right through the heart of campus. It used to serve as a functioning road, but now gates block traffic to make it walkable for students and visitors! This street also hosts countless events, such as Hip Hop Wednesday, and is a part of every Gamecock’s daily commute.
the gates on Greene Street

Russell House Courtyard

Russell House, our student union, is home to multiple restaurants, mail services and an underground hangout space. Outside of Russell there is a courtyard with colorful seating where students meet up to eat, study and participate in social events. There are also plenty of friendly squirrels who might want to take a selfie (or you know, steal a Chick-fil-a fry or two)!
colorful table and chairs in the Russell House courtyard

Thomas Cooper Fountain

One of the most iconic sights on campus is the fountain outside of Thomas Cooper Library. The fountain is flanked by benches and flowering trees and is a go-to photo-op for incoming students and graduates. Plus, if you get the lighting just right, you can catch a rainbow in the mist from the spraying water!
The Thomas Cooper fountain in front of the library on a sunny day

Longstreet Theatre

The historic Longstreet Theatre is another great spot for the perfect Instagram post. Whether you’re by the entrance or the palm trees and flowerbeds that adorn its sides, your photos will not disappoint. Longstreet Theatre is also a popular spot for group photos, so grab your friends and family for a picture-perfect group shot!
Steps at the Longstreet Theatre

Cocky Statue

The Cocky statue is by far the best Instagram photo spot on your tour. This statue of everyone’s favorite mascot was unveiled in 2017 and stands at 6’5” and weighs 773 pounds. Students and visitors alike flock around for this iconic Gamecock shot. Just make sure you add a “Spurs Up!” 🤙

The cocky statue

P.S. – Make sure to tag us in your posts (@uofscadmissions). There is nothing we love more than seeing future Gamecocks on our campus!


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