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.

During UofSC Welcome 2018 more than 8,600 students moved into on-campus residences beginning on Monday, Aug. 20. Once the unpacking stopped and families headed home, students explored campus and met classmates during the days before and after classes began on Thurs., Aug. 23.

In 2018, Carolina Welcome included 28 unique events such as the new tradition Cocky's Call on the Horseshoe, First Night Carolina and Convocation. The fun continued for nearly two weeks as students settled in with outdoor movies, an illusionist performance, a concert, Bustle at the Russell, the Opportunity Knocks Job Fair, Service Saturday, a comedy show, the two-day Student Organization Fair, a Night at the Fireflies and so much more. 

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.

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.

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.