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What's Hot This March
Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Come out and enjoy the lovely spring weather this month! Read on for a roundup of things to do below and check out our calendar of events for everything else going on all month ...
Your Guide to All Things Green: St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:25PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Blarney! On March 18th, Columbia, SC will become a sea of green for the 35th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points celebration. And you're in luck, because we have everything you need to know ...
Top 10 Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Weekend in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be in the know and travel on the path to totality in the "Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast," Columbia, SC. The entire region is hosting eclipse-related events throughout the long weekend ...
What's Hot This February
Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Short on days, but long on fun, February is jam-packed. Keep reading for our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
Smell the Roses in Columbia, SC This Valentine's Day
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:27PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia has been struck with Cupid's arrow and we have everything you need to know to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.   Posted by Conquest Brewing Co., Inc. on Friday, ...
What's Hot This January
Posted on December 30, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Happy New Year! Hit the ground running in 2017 with concerts, exhibits, events and more happening all over town this month. Read on for our roundup of things to do below, then check out ...

University of South Carolina

  • 911 Sumter Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-777-7251
  • Fax: 803-777-0687
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Chartered in 1801 as South Carolina College, the University has grown from one building on the historic Horseshoe to over 155 facilities on more than 358 acres. USC Columbia offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Programs range from liberal arts and sciences to business, law, medicine and other professional studies.

USC is a member of the Southeastern Conference and the home of the Fighting Gamecocks.

Performing Arts:
College of Arts & Sciences: Theatre & Dance
School of Music


The McKissick Museum offers adult and children education programs, scheduled tours, and public exhibits. The McKissick Museum is a general University museum with galleries exhibiting displays in the natural sciences, arts, material culture, history, and permanent galleries on the gem and mineral collections.

Open M - F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Melton Memorial Observatory
With an on-campus location, Melton Memorial Observatory offers views of many of the night sky's wonders that are accessible both to the local residents and to students.

Open every clear Monday night to the public. From May to September: 9:30 - 11:30 pm. From October to April: 8:30 - 10:30 pm.


The USC Visitor Center is a great place to learn about University events, programs, and services. Friendly, knowledgeable staff is always on hand to assist you. When you arrive on campus, make the Visitor Center, the official “front door” of the University, your first stop on the campus. The Visitor Center provides tours, exhibits, and displays to showcase the University (located inside McKissick Museum) Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 3 pm.

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