Volunteers needed for move-in 2024

 It’s never too early to start thinking about the newest wave of Gamecocks who will be here in August, and the university needs help from faculty and staff to welcome the Class of 2028. Move-in volunteers will receive a T-shirt and meal card as an incentive for participating.

This year, early move-in students will begin arriving Aug. 12 and will have access to on-campus services, including meal plans. Be aware that pedestrian and vehicle traffic will begin to pick up on Aug. 12 and continue through move-in weekend Aug. 17-18.

There will be some adjustments to the traffic pattern around the Horseshoe, on Sumter Street and other hard-to-reach areas. More information on traffic patterns will be announced closer to move-in.

This year, First Night Carolina will include an academic welcome from USC administration before the spirit and tradition portion of the event. Faculty and staff are invited to join the celebration on the Horseshoe the night before classes begin. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m.

USC wants to create a culture of welcoming where the Gamecock community comes together to welcome new and returning students and their families to campus. 

How to volunteer

Move-in weekend

Greeter: Greeters will welcome families as they arrive to residence halls. They will give families instruction on where to park, how to unload and the next steps in getting their student moved into their room. The three-hour shifts are available on Aug. 12, 17 and 18. 

Zone leader: Zone leaders will manage volunteers and operations of move-in areas. These shifts are longer (5.5 hours) and zone leaders will serve as a decision-maker at their location, which will be assigned as the move-in date approaches. Shifts are available Aug. 12, 17 and 18. 

First Night Carolina (Aug. 19)

First Night Carolina needs volunteers to help set up, direct students along a route through campus to the Horseshoe and assist with activities and cleanup on the Horseshoe. The shifts vary by start time and longevity. Visit the volunteer sign-up page for details.

Other volunteer opportunities

Faculty and staff can also volunteer during the first two days of class on Aug. 20 and 21 as part of the Gamecock Greeting Crew. These volunteers will work in shifts of just over two hours providing directions across campus to students, hand out planners and cheer students on as the semester starts. 

If faculty and staff don't have an opportunity to volunteer for move-in, USC Family Weekend also is accepting volunteer signups. Visit the Family Weekend website for details.