Parents and Families Gateway

Office of Parent & Family Programs

Let our team partner with you to support your student's growth and success at the university. Review our 2018-19 parents calendar and handbook [pdf], or contact us directly with questions or concerns at 800-868-6752 or


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Family Weekend

Experience everything that our historic campus and welcoming community have to offer at Family Weekend, Oct. 5-7. Enjoy family-friendly tailgating, an all-SEC football matchup, a 5K and much more!


Registration is now open!

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Parents Association

Sign up for the dues-free Parents Association to receive monthly e-newsletters and other important email communication from the University of South Carolina!


August E-Newsletter

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Inside Carolina

Subscribe to USC's Inside Carolina monthly e-newsletter, and read a variety of cool stories about our alumni, students and professors.


Parking and transportation guide for 2018

One of the keys to success is learning to navigate campus. We have a few pro tips for those of you who are new to the University of South Carolina Columbia campus.

Patience requested during Carolina Welcome events

A story on the parking and pedestrian congestion that will be present for the first week of class.

August monthly tips

Review tips, frequently asked questions and talking points to help your student be successful this month.

University Housing offers MicroFridges for rent

Students interested in using a MicroFridge in their on-campus room should rent or purchase one before Aug. 8 to guarantee delivery by Aug. 14.

Gamecock Football Introduces Season Ticket for Parents

Due to increased demand, the University of South Carolina athletics department has created a new way for parents of full time university students to acquire seats to every home football game.

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Stories for Parents

Marisa Green

Getting at the core of the issue

To increase diversity among South Carolina’s teachers while also tackling the growing teacher shortage, the College of Education is launching the Apple Core Initiative. Ten students, including Marisa Green, will take part in the pilot program which provides scholarships and support for underrepresented populations in South Carolina.

Alan Decho

Microbial mashup

Alan Decho’s research sometimes takes him to the tropics to study thick, slimy mats of bacteria that survive in extreme heat and drought. Turns out, the conditions those hardy bacterial colonies call home might provide clues in the search for life on other planets.

Maymester in Germany

Sustainability and understanding

Professor Lara Ducate and a group of students traveled to Germany in May to learn about sustainability practices in Saxony-Anhalt.

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