Welcome home Gamecocks

Summer’s over. The Class of 2020 has arrived.

Coming from 45 states and 35 countries, freshmen will move into their new homes on the University of South Carolina campus Sunday and Monday. 

With the help of the Move-In Crew of students, faculty and staff, the newest Gamecocks and their families will lug refrigerators and futons, pillows and rugs, basketballs and tennis rackets into their new on-campus homes. Approximately 7,556 students will live in University Housing and the Greek Village this fall, with another 900 setting up apartments in the 650 Lincoln complex. That includes 97 percent of the freshman class who will live in residence halls on campus.

It’s a class that includes an estimated 500 new members of the South Carolina Honors College and 970 new Capstone Scholars. There are 60 high school valedictorians expected among them, and 17 sets of twins. More interesting “by-the-numbers” details about the incoming class and about life on campus is available on our website. It includes everything from the number of bagels served on campus last school year (293,889) to the number of languages spoken by the staff at the Global Café in the Darla Moore School of Businesses (20).

With the move-in dates altered this year, convocation moves to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Colonial Life Arena. Students, parents, faculty and staff will mark a new beginning and learn about the Carolinian Creed and the expectations for the coming year. The arena doors open at 9 a.m. For more details, visit the convocation website.

Carolina Welcome events — from cookouts to part-time job fairs to Service Saturday — run through Aug. 28. For more events, check out our full schedule

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