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If you're an enrolled University of South Carolina student in good standing who is paying fees, you can use your CarolinaCard to access the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Paid memberships are also available for current and retired faculty/staff and spouses. Get details about membership options, guest passes, other fees and more.

Student Membership 

If you're taking a class without paying university fees you are not qualified to use the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. To use the center you must be:

  • Enrolled in good standing 
  • Paying fees to the University of South Carolina Columbia campus

Faculty, Staff, Retiree, Spouse Membership

Memberships are available to be purchased by full-time faculty and staff, retirees and their spouses.  Spouse who wish to become members must be sponsored by the faculty or staff person who must also be a member of the facility.

  1. A 30 day free trial membership (if you have not been a member before).  If interested, email Shannon Gilbert,
  2. A  regular membership which entitles members to utilize the facility during normal operating hours.  Cost: $360 per year. 
  3. An earlybird membership which entitles members to utilize the facility during the following hours:  Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. and all day on weekends and holidays that the facility is open. Cost: $240 per year. 

Memberships may be purchased online.

For more information about memberships, email Shannon Gilbert, or call 803-576-9375.

The Strom is the best fitness facility I have ever used by far. The equipment is high quality, the facility itself is spacious and versatile, and there is good camaraderie among the early bird regulars, all of which help to create an excellent environment for fitness activities.

George Lampl, Associate General Counsel

Student Spouse Membership

Membership is available for spouses of current students. Enrollment status will be verified during the application process. Your membership will be cancelled if your spouse's university and/or membership status changes.

Memberships may be purchased online.

For more information about memberships, email Shannon Gilbert, or call 803-576-9375.

What You'll Need to Apply

  • Your University of South Carolina Spouse ID card.
  • Your fee payment.
  • Your spouse to verify sponsorship of your membership.

Membership Policies and Conditions

Memberships to the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center are non-transferable, non-refundable and membership fees are subject to change.

Facilities and services will be available on a regular basis; however, they may be discontinued for a given period because of directives from the university, major maintenance projects, or unforeseen circumstances. Memberships are not prorated because of these events.


Guest Policy and Passes

Guests must be sponsored by a valid University of South Carolina-Columbia student, or a faculty/staff member of the Strom Thurmond Center. You can present your CarolinaCard and pay the $10 guest fee to receive a one-day pass. Any guest you bring must also pay a separate guest fee.

Guest Policy »

Non-Member One-Day Passes

Non-member faculty and staff may present a CarolinaCard and pay the $10.00 guest fee for one-day use of the facility but cannot sponsor a guest.


Additional Fees

These programs and services are available to Strom Thurmond Center members at an extra cost.

  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Intramural Sports
  • Sports Clubs
  • Outdoor Adventure Trips
  • Locker Rental
  • Towel Service
  • Equipment Rental

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