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Off Campus Organizations

There are a variety of levels from which you can choose to get your message to our campus population. Please take some time to review and determine which partnership level best suits the needs of your corporate business.

Partner requests are open!

The deadline for partner requests is April 1, 2019. After this date, we cannot guarantee you will be featured in the Garnet Guide. Please fill out the Off Campus Organization Partner Request Form to become a partner.


Partnership Levels

Spur Level ($2,000)

  • Half (1/2) page, full-color ad (provided by the partner) in Garnet Guide distributed to all new students and parents
  • Personalized PowerPoint slide shown prior to opening session during all orientation programs 
  • Partner name displayed on the Campus Partner Map with a one sentence description

Cocky Level ($4,500)
All the benefits of the Spur Level, plus:

  • Opportunity to table at the Resource Fair during each Summer Orientation session: May 10 – August 1
  • Have your Partner name featured on our website

Gamecock Level ($7,500)
All the benefits of the Cocky Level, plus:

  • Increase to one (1) page, full-color ad (provided by the partner) in the Garnet Guide distributed to all new students and parents
  • Opportunity to table at the Resource Fair in both August and Spring Orientation sessions
  • Partner logo on all Orientation program schedules for students and guests
  • Logo featured on New Student Orientation website
  • Feature an introduction on either student or parent emails (select one)

Carolina Level ($10,000)
All the benefits of the Gamecock Level, plus:

  • Increase to two-page, full-color ad in the Garnet Guide, distributed to all new students and parents
  • Promotional opportunity for bags, pens, freshman or transfer T-shirts, your own item, sponsorship of the freshman evening social, or sponsorship of a family lounge
  • Opportunity to speak with our Orientation Leader staff (60 students) during training
  • Your logo on the back cover of the Garnet Guide to recognize partnership

Package Add-Ons

After selecting a partner level, partners have the option of choosing any of the following add-on options. While these are not required, we have found many partners enjoy these additional marketing opportunities:

  • Additional Garnet Guide Pages
    • Half Page: $800
    • Full Page: $1800
    • Two Page: $3000
  • Additional PowerPoint Slides: 
    • One Slide: $400
    • Two Slides: $700
    • Three Slides: $900

Additionally, if you would like to have your PowerPoint slides or Garnet Guide spreads designed by our office, we are now offering this service for a “Design Fee”. This fee will be incurred upon request and may increase depending on the intricacy or demands of the design. Please note that requesting any changes or edits from previous Garnet Guide spreads and slides will result in a fee. Unless otherwise requested, all partners are responsible for producing their own spreads and PowerPoint slides according to our guidelines.

  • Garnet Guide Design Fee
    • Half Page: $100
    • Full Page: $150
    • Two Page: $300
  • PowerPoint Slide Design Fee
    • $50 fee per slide

Advertising Options

Various advertising options are available, depending on your partnership type and budget. The Orientation Resource Fair and the Garnet Guide are two of the best opportunities to get your message to our students and their families.

Garnet Guide

The Garnet Guide serves as the newcomer’s roadmap for their first year of college. Students and families alike utilize the Garnet Guide throughout Orientation and their college career to navigate campus and connect with the Columbia community.  This guide is distributed to every new student and family member that attends Orientation as well as several campus partners.

Impact Opportunity:

  • Print Copy

  • Given to 8500+ students, 6000+ family members, 80+ campus members, 50+ student leaders

Campus Partner Map

The Campus Partner Map is a quick and efficient way to showcase your business. Found inside the Columbia section of the Garnet Guide, it offers new students and families a glimpse into businesses that are close to campus.

Impact Opportunity:

  • Print Copy

  • Given to 8500+ students, 6000+ family members, 80+ campus members, 50+ student leaders via the Garnet Guide

Targeted Emails

Targeted Emails are sent to every new student and family member that registers and/or attends orientation. Pre-Orientation Communication includes important steps and expectations for New Student Orientation. Post- Communication includes a summary with links to resources from campus and the Columbia community. As a partner, you have the opportunity to create your own messaging that we will distribute via e-mail. Depending on your needs, you may choose to target family members before Orientation or after Orientation.

Impact Opportunity:

  • Direct Messaging

  • Sent to 8500+ students, 6000+ family members, 80+ campus members, 50+ student leaders

  • 90%-95% open rate

Orientation Resource Fair

The Resource Fair occurs during every Orientation session. This is a great way to interact directly with new students and families. Through one-on-one interactions, conversations, and a casual atmosphere, the Resource Fair provides you with opportunities to share your business directly with our guests.

Impact Opportunity:

  • Direct Contact

  • Potential of 450+students and 400+ family members per day (during freshman sessions)

Welcome Slides

Welcome Slides are shown prior to every Orientation day. This means that out of a total of 13 two-day sessions, your slides are seen a minimum of 26 times in addition to our transfer sessions. There is no other formal programming occurring during this time.

Impact Opportunity:

  • Visual Opportunity

  • Seen by all orientation attendees (8500+ students, 6000+ family members, 50+ student leaders)

  • 31 opportunities to be seen throughout Summer Orientation Sessions alone (includes freshman and transfer)

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders serve as representatives for the University of South Carolina. They assist new students and families by providing advice and insight into the city of Columbia. They often share favorite restaurants, businesses, and things to do in Columbia with our guests. By interacting with our Orientation Leaders, you have the opportunity to highlight your business and share specific talking points which you would like them to share with our new students and families.

Orientation advertisements will be for students admitted Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019. Please consider this when designing an advertisement for your business or organization.

Make your ad answer these three primary questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What can you do to support a new student and their family in the first year?
  3. How can they connect with you?

Best Practices

  • Use website addresses for in-depth information.
  • Use real photos and avoid clip art or irrelevant animations.
  • Avoid text-heavy ads. Try to think about the things new students will care about most.
  • Don’t provide specific dates. These guides will be distributed to students who are admitted for the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 academic terms.

File Format and Printing

  • Submissions must be print-ready and will only be accepted electronically in PDF format with a minimum 300dpi resolution.
  • We will not insert loose-leaf papers inside the Garnet Guide.
  • All information is printed in color on white paper.

Half-page ad: 7.5" x 5"
Full-page ad: 7.5" x 10"

All submissions must be received by April 2 and are subject to review and the discretion of the Office of New Student Orientation staff.

If files are not in the proper format, we cannot guarantee clarity and resolution. No other formats will be accepted.

In order to reduce errors and increase consistency from page to page, we ask that you submit your advertisement via email attachment to

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