student unpacking in their residence hall loading books onto a bookshelf


Each year, we roll out the garnet carpet for our new and returning University of South Carolina students. For the fall of 2020, UofSC Welcome included three weeks of virtual, hybrid or safety-minded in-person activities to celebrate their arrival back on campus.

During UofSC Welcome 2020, almost 7,800 new students rejoined our campus community over a three-day period. Once the unpacking stopped and families headed home, students had time to explore campus, see the changes we've made to protect campus health, and safely meet fellow classmates before and after classes began on Thurs., Aug. 20.

Beginning with Move-In Days Aug. 16-18 and continuing into September, students enjoyed a range of nearly 50 different campus events such as Carolina Kickoff, New Student Convocation, a cross-campus student organization tour, the start of classes and more. All 2020 events were adapted or modified to allow for safer in-person attendance or virtual to make popular events accessible for more students.

Welcome (or Welcome Back) to All

 The days before and after classes begin are a busy but fun time for both new and returning students. Learn how to make your move to campus as stress-free as possible.

Student moving in belongings

Move-In Day

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 plenty of refreshing water to help you beat the S.C. heat.

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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.