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 2020-21 family calendar and handbook [pdf]. Contact us directly with questions or concerns at 800-868-6752 or

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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!


September E-Newsletter

Rock the Roost

Parents Annual Fund

Help strengthen your student's living and learning environment and show your support for their university home.

Parents and Family Programs app

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Download the award-winning UofSC Parent and Family Programs app by searching "University of South Carolina Parents" in the app store or text the link to your phone


Virtual commencement ceremony Aug. 8

Spring and summer 2020 graduates will be honored in a pre-recorded virtual ceremony beginning at noon on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Student face covering distribution

All students will receive one university reusable face covering this fall to add to their collection. There are a variety of ways students will receive a face covering.

Talking with college students about alcohol

The Office of Parent & Family Programs has partnered with South Carolina's Substance Abuse Prevention and Education team to provide an in-depth guide to talking with student about alcohol use during their time in college.

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Stories for Parents

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The Mighty Sound of the Southeast turns 100

The Mighty Sound of the Southeast — the University of South Carolina's Marching Band — marks its 100th anniversary this fall, and a special tribute is planned on Facebook Sept. 25.

Breakthrough Star: Anthony Plotner

Breakthrough Star: Anthony Plotner

Students with intellectual disabilities face an array of challenges as they navigate their way through high school and transition to adulthood. Anthony Plotner, an assistant professor of special education in the College of Education, is working to ease that transition in practice and research.

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UofSC enrollment increases

The University of South Carolina welcomed almost 7,800 new students to the Columbia campus this fall and the incoming freshman class is more diverse and has more in-state students than any previous class.

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