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!


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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.


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.

Family Weekend registration now open

Parent & Family Programs invites Gamecock families to join the university for an exciting visit during Family Weekend 2018, Oct. 5-7.

July Monthly Tips

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

June Monthly Tips

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

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Stories for Parents

FoodShare South Carolina

Food is medicine

FoodShare South Carolina, a University of South Carolina program that works to expand access to fresh produce and nutrition education for low-income families in the Columbia area.

James Anderson

Gamecock emissary

Political science alumnus James Anderson credits Gamecock connections for his success as he embarks upon the next phase of his career in foreign policy work. The Air Force officer, who helped found My Carolina’s Veterans Alumni Council, will study U.S. and Canada relations as part of a Fulbright Scholarship in September.

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UofSC approves 2018-19 budget

The University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees on July 11 approved a system-wide budget for 2018-19 that will slow tuition growth to 2.9 percent or less on most campuses—the lowest increase since 1998.

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