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On-Campus Help and Activities

Need help in a particular area of graduate life or want to get involved? Graduate students have resources available to them across campus. 

The University of South Carolina offers a variety of academic and personal resources and services to Carolina students.  Below is a list of invaluable resources available across the Columbia campus.

The Alumni Association connects students and alumni to advance their careers, their passions, and their University of South Carolina.

Alumni Association Website

Graduate students taking at least 1 credit hour are eligible to pay the Athletics Event Fee. While paying this fee does not guarantee tickets, it does make students eligible to participate in the student ticketing process. For information on student tickets, visit the Gamecocks Athletics website.

USC Athletics Tickets

Campus Recreation has two main facilities and offers a variety of programs and services such as a intramural sports, personal training, adventure trips, Group X classes,  and sport clubs. These opportunities are available to all currently enrolled USC students.

Campus Recreation Website

Explore career options, write your resume, connect with employers for internships and interviews, see a career coach or browse a premiere collection of online career tools. 

Career Center Website »

Your Carolina Card is your permanent USC ID card and will allow you access to buildings and parking on campus. Your card can also be used as a flexible-spending declining balance card to be used at merchants on and off campus.

Carolina Card Website

Carolina Food Co. offers several meal plans for convenience and flexibility.

Carolina Food Co. Website

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers programming, resources and opportunities that foster innovative and effective pedagogical practices among all who teach at USC.

Center for Teaching Excellence Website »

Student Health and Well-Being provides essential therapy and emotional wellness services for students at the University of South Carolina. Services include counseling, psychiatry, emotional and mental wellness, and online support. Consultations, walk-in sessions, and emergency & after-hours crisis services are available.

Learn more.

Student Health Services has expanded its available mental health resources through the introduction of Thrive@Carolina.  Thrive@Carolina will provide students with access to a variety of new mental health services.  Visit online to learn more.

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) provides strategic leadership for information technology, instructional services, e-learning, and research computing at the University of South Carolina. 

DoIT Website

In order to protect the rights of all persons who live and work at USC, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs ensures that the university is in compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination and harassment laws and regulations. 

Equal Opportunity Programs Website

Get help finding and applying for grants, scholarships, loans and federal financial aid through the FAFSA.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Gamecock CommUnity Shop's mission is to increase accessibility and provide holistic support to individuals experiencing basic needs insecurities.

Gamecock CommUnity Shop

Gamecock Entertainment is students’ main source for FREE and FUN stuff to do both on and off campus!

Visit Gamecock Entertainment on Garnet Gate

Gamecock Entertainment Calendar

Global Carolina develops initiatives with other institutions around the world, facilitates international collaboration and exchange agreements, and supports the international activities of colleges and departments across campus.

Global Carolina Website

The Grad Hub offers a variety of free professional development workshops and presentations for USC graduate students.  Visit the Grad Hub online to learn more about the services and resources  available to graduate students, including workshops and events.

Grad Fellowship Focus Newsletter
Subscribe to the Grad Fellowship Focus Newsletter for updates on upcoming fellowship and grant opportunities and Grad Hub events.

In partnership with the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, the Department of Student Life provides the University community a calendar of holidays, observances, and religious holy days. To learn about which days the University is formally closed or class is not in session, please visit the University's holiday schedule as well as the university academic calendar

International Student Services offers support, advising and programming for international students studying at USC.

International Student Services Website »

The Leadership and Service Center's mission is to equip students to positively impact their communities through involvement in student organizations, leadership development, service, and civic engagement.

Leadership and Service Center

Student Health and Well-Being offers mental and emotional health services and resources for students.

Learn more.

The office of multicultural student services seeks to support students of marginalized communities with advocacy services, awareness and comprehension of diversity issues through programs, events and trainings; and assist the campus community and student organizations to expand their efforts to cultivate an inclusive community at the university. 

Multicultural Student Affairs Website

Get advice about application and interview processes for national competitions, coordinate faculty nominations for awards, attend national fellowship workshops, see an advisor one-on-one and ask for feedback about your personal statement.

National Fellowships and Awards Database


Search the INFO database  (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) on the Competitions and Deadlines page to locate national fellowships based on your interests or academic and career goals. The INFO database features graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for study abroad and postdocs.

National Fellowships and Scholar Programs | Graduate Students

Visit this page to find out more about how the NFSP can help graduate students find external funding for graduate school, research and more.  Students can also make an appointment to receive personal advising and feedback on proposal drafts.

Grad Fellowship Focus Newsletter
Subscribe to the Grad Fellowship Focus Newsletter for updates on upcoming fellowship and grant opportunities and Grad Hub events.

Students looking for housing options in Columbia can take advantage of an up-to-date database of rental properties near the university. 

Off-Campus Student Services Contact
Russell House Suite 115
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-3366

Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations Website »

The Office of the Vice President for Research promotes a culture of excellence in research, education, scholarship and the arts. The office work with researchers to address local and global challenges by engaging collective knowledge, tools and creativity to build a better world. 

Office of the Vice President for Research

USC Research News | Weekly Newsletter
Subscribe to receive news and resources from the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The Graduate School Opportunities Board is the place for events, fellowships, job postings, announcement and learning opportunities for graduates students.  

Opportunities Board

Parking services handles registration for all vehicles parked on campus and manages the university's parking policies and regulations.

Parking Services website

University postal services are specialized to meet the postal needs of Carolina students, staff and the greater community.  Services offered include:

Postal Services Website

The Postdoctoral Association is a networking and professional group supporting and improving the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research, and teaching. Part of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Postdoctoral Association Page »

Students, faculty and staff can access professional design, printing and finishing without leaving campus. Trust your projects to either of two, fully equipped print shops or find easy-to-use, self-serve kiosks around campus.

Printing Services

The SHARPGrads free workshop series provides free training in digital scholarship, computing, and library research concepts for students enrolled in graduate-level courses at the Columbia campus. Students completing the program receive a certificate of completion and digital badge.

Visit the SHARPGrads web page for more information about the program including links to register.

A merit-based award of up to $5,000 designed to ignite research and creative excellence across all disciplines at USC. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

SPARC Graduate Research Grant Program »

Student Affairs and Academic Support works with university and higher education partners to create an optimal learning environment that supports students, faculty and staff. Professional development opportunities range from leadership and community service to multicultural programming.

Student Affairs and Academic Support Website »

The Student Disability Resource Center coordinates efforts to ensure that students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations, and serve as consultants to faculty, staff and campus partners.

Student Disability Resource Center Website »

Learn more about health services and wellness programs available to all students.

Student Health and Well-Being Website »


Learn more about student health insurance information and requirements at the Student Health and Well-Being website.

Student Health Insurance | Student Health and Well-Being

University of South Carolina students can request legal support and services in matters that relate to landlords, tenants, housing and domestic relations.

Student Legal Services Website

The Department of Student Life advances student success by serving as the catalyst for student involvement through experiences, services and facilities that enhance leadership development, diversity and inclusion, community engagement and personal wellness. 

Student Life Website

Log in to Garnet Gate to check out the complete student organization directory. The university has more than 570 organizations that focus on academics,  careers and more. All you need is your University of South Carolina username and password to log into Garnet Gate.

Student Organizations available include:

Art Therapy Club
Association of Transfer Students
Black Graduate Student Association
Graduate Student Association
Filipino American Student Association
Latin American Student Association
LGBTQ+ Graduate Student Association
Pan-African Student Association

any many more...Visit Garnet Gate to search the directory.

Students can also create a new student organization through the Leadership and Service Center.  Visit the website for information on how to start a new student organization.

Each year, up to twenty sustainability fellows are selected to participate in Sustainable Carolina's annual "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" workshop. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible to apply for the May workshop.

David Whiteman
Judit Trunkos

The Bookstore has everything you need to succeed at USC; spirit wear, gifts, snacks, Starbucks coffee and of course textbooks and other learning materials. After graduation, shop their assortment of Alumni apparel & gifts, including diploma frames.

USC Barnes & Noble Bookstore

University Libraries connects students, faculty, staff and community members from around the word with resources and expert staff.

University Libraries Website

Visit the Graduate Student Guide to USC Libraries

The University of South Carolina Police Department works diligently around the clock to provide a safe, secure campus environment.

USCPD website

The Veterans and Military Services team can help you navigate the unique experience of balancing student and service life. The office can help address questions, assist with benefit requirements and connect you to campus resources exclusively for veterans and military. 

Veterans and Military Services website.

Develop writing abilities, engage in collaborative learning, and get academic writing resources.

USC Writing Center »


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