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UofSC Welcome

Move-In Day may be the main event but you can have loads of fun before and after your big move, too. Check out local and on-campus events, and get details about move-in, Carolina Welcome and more!

When you arrive on campus to move-in on Monday, August 19 or Tuesday, August 20, 2019, you'll quickly see that moving into your residence hall is just one milestone in several, action-packed days before classes begin on Thursday, August 22. Before you can upload your first #UofSCWelcome Instagram, we think you'll already feel at home!

Welcome (or Welcome Back) to All

It's just a few days, but it's a busy time for new and returning students. Take a glance at top events and tips. 

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Move-in is a busy blur of packing, loading, unloading and unpacking. We work hard to make your move as stress-free as possible with plenty of helping hands, careful orchestration and lots of refreshing water to help you beat the S.C. heat. Be sure to check the move-in schedule to make sure you arrive on your assigned day.

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Where to Stay

Many local hotels offer special rates for visitors to campus so mention us when you make your hotel reservations. If you're planning to stay in town a few days, see our calendar for events and Explore Columbia for can't-miss local experiences.


Welcome Events

Take a few days to get to know campus and meet your fellow students. Plan to attend First Night Carolina and Convocation — two important moments you'll never forget. The fun continues for nearly two weeks as students get settled in with outdoor movies, an illusionist performance, a concert, Bustle at the Russell, the Opportunity Knocks Job Fair, Service Saturday, a comedy show, the two-day Student Organization Fair, a Night at the Fireflies and so much more. 

Can't Miss Events

Gamecock Family Roost - Information for New and Returning Gamecocks

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

Location: Russell House University Union 200 Lobby - Special Event

MAPP Kickoff

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Location: Russell House Ballroom AB

Discover Columbia

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

Location: RHUU Greene Street

Faith Fair

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Location: RHUU Greene Street, Greene Street Petigru Side

Opportunity Knocks Job Fair

Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Location: Russell House University Union 203, Russell House University Union 205, Russell House Ballroom, Russell House University Union 202 Lounge, Russell House University Union 204 Lounge

View the Calendar