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Student Affairs and Academic Support

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Student Life

The Department of Student Life serves as the catalyst for student involvement through programs and services that enhance leadership development, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, and personal wellness. We seek to provide opportunities for every student to define a unique involvement story, cultivating a strong connection to the University of South Carolina.

Our Offices

Getting involved at Carolina is essential for success. Research suggests that students who are involved in student organizations and campus activities make higher grades and have a better college experience. Through Student Life programming, students will discover their passion and strengths, feel more connected to campus and gain important leadership experience to help them find internships and jobs. Most importantly, they will make friends and have fun!

Campus Recreation

Offers aquatics, club sports, group exercise, intramurals, outdoor recreation and strength and conditioning in world-class facilities and beautiful spaces.
Phone: 803-576-9375

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Provides support, guidance and mentorship for the 41 Greek organizations and their 5,000 members.
Phone: 803-777-3506

Leadership and Service Center

Offers coaching, workshops, programs and other opportunities to help student develop their leadership skills and create positive change in their communities.
Phone: 803-777-7130

Multicultural Student Affairs

Supports an inclusive campus environment by providing educational and social programs and supporting and advocating for historically underrepresented student populations.
Phone: 803-777-7716

Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations

Helps students transition to and thrive in off-campus residences and understand the rights and responsibilities of residing in Columbia.
: 803-777-3366

Parent and Family Programs

Serves as the central resource for parents and families of Carolina students, Parent and Family Programs offers informative communications, including a monthly newsletter, and coordinates the annual Family Weekend.
Phone: 800-868-6752 toll free

Russell House University Union

Serves as the center of student activity at UofSC and houses Carolina Productions, Carolina After Dark and the Leadership and Service Center, as well as classroom, meeting, dining and retail space.
Phone: 803-777-3196

Student Athletic Tickets

Manages student ticket distribution for Gamecock football, basketball and baseball.
Phone: 803-777-6102

Student Government

Works closely with university administration, faculty and staff to represent the interests of students, preserve and protect traditions, and support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.
Phone: 803-777-2654

Graduate Student Association

Student Media

Provides opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in print, broadcast and online media; advertising sales; and graphic design through The Daily Gamecock newspaper, Garnet & Black magazine, SGTV and WUSC-FM.
: 803-777-3888


Taylor Wright

Taylor Wright finds his home at UofSC

“No matter your background or where you come from, you can realize your dream at @UofSC.” Read about Taylor's journey at Carolina.

Hilary Dyer Brannon

Columbia Chamber Announces 2018-2019 Board of Directors

The Columbia Chamber recently announced the 2018-2019 Board of Directors with the addition of nine new members, including Student Life’s Hilary Dyer Brannon, who serves as the chair of the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board.

Skylar Pritchard

Parent & Family Programs staff member wins national award

Skylar Pritchard, coordinator for communication & engagement in the Office of Parent & Family Programs, was named the 2018 Outstanding New Professional by the Association of Higher Education Parent / Family Program Professionals. Skylar was honored at the association’s annual conference in Louisville, KY, where she also presented a session titled “Keeping up with the Joneses: how peer assessment drives change,” alongside SEC colleagues from Auburn University and University of Kentucky.

Homecoming 2019 commission

Three students tapped for Homecoming Commission executive leadership

Three junior students were selected to lead the university’s annual celebration: Anna Book, President; Carolina Fruehauf, Vice President of Events; Austin Smith, Vice President of Communications & Marketing. Homecoming Week 2019 will be Oct. 28 through Nov. 2. Applications remain open for the 2019 Homecoming Leadership Team. Interested students should apply via Garnet Gate page by Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Carolina Cares

Carolina Cares celebrates 50 years of serving others

Carolina Cares, started in 1969 by Steve Cannon and others, is a campus-wide service initiative that's still going strong.

USCDM award for outstanding group fundraiser

Dance Marathon wins award

USC Dance Marathon has received the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer or Group Fundraiser award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals SC, Central Carolina Chapter. The award is for outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions.

Anna Edwards and Mrs. Pastides with Cocky during the award celebration.

Student Life receives Certified Healthy Workplace designation 

Gamecocks LiveWell has named Student Life a Healthy Workplace for supporting a positive wellness culture throughout the department.

Staff selected for leadership program

Ambra Hiott, Leadership and Service Center Director, and Sarah Scarborough, Director of Student Media, were selected for the 2020 class of the University of South Carolina Emerging Leaders Program.

Russell House with fireworks for First Night Carolina

Freshmen enjoy redesigned First Night Carolina

Following Cocky's Call on the Horseshoe, students spent the evening on Greene Street in front of Russell House for enjoying food trucks, an arcade-style video game truck, fireworks and other activities.  

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UofSC Today: Dancing to the top

Congratulations to UofSC Dance Marathon members on joining the Extra Comma Club after raising more than one million dollars in a year. Additional honors received at this year's leadership conference include Best Morale Dance(after defeating Clemson in a dance off) and the 15+ Year Miracle Maker Award.

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Campus Recreation recognized in rankings

College Consensus ranked student rec facilities and programs that have generated the most positive response from media and students.  



Our Central Staff

Staff in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Life oversee and support the department's assessment, communications, finance, human resources and other central functions.

Student Life Central Staff

Anna Edwards

Title: Associate Vice President for Student Life
Phone: 803-777-5782

Janie Kerzan

Title: Director of Student Life 
Phone: 803-777-9886 

Hilary Dyer Brannon

Title: Communication and Events Director
Phone: 803-777-5937

Megan Colascione

Title: Assessment Director
Phone: 803-777-6688

Nancy Derrick

Title: Director of Finance and Personnel
Phone: 803-777-3015

Aubrey K. Jenkins

Title: Web Developer
Phone: 803-777-3710

Sammie Johnston

Title: Talent Manager
Phone: 803-777-9073

Tecola Jones

Title: Billing Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-3506

Skylar Pritchard

Title: Coordinator of Communication and Engagement
Phone: 803-777-5780

Mohamed Soluiman

Title: Assistant Director of Finance
Phone: 803-777-5932

Kathryn Taylor

Title: Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-5782