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Group Visits

The University of South Carolina offers a unique tour experience geared for larger groups like those from schools or community organizations. If you have a group of 10-45 prospective students, learn more about group tour requirements and scheduling.

While group visits aren't scheduled during peak seasons or when campus is closed, the university reserves dates for large groups of 10-45 prospective students to tour together. If you'd like to schedule a group visit, you'll need to complete an online request, which will be reviewed for availability and to ensure your group meets the group tour requirements. If your preferred date is available and the scheduling requirements have been met, the Visitor Center will contact you to confirm your visit. 


Chaperone Requirements

An adult chaperone from the organization must accompany the group at all times. Each group should have a minimum of two adult chaperones. We recommend at least one chaperone for every 15 students.

Group visit requests must be made by the adult lead chaperone who will represent the organization and accompany the group on the visit. A third-party, such as a grant sponsor, travel agency or tour planning organization, cannot request the tour. Coordinating directly with someone from your school or organization is critical for the safety of both your students and our students at USC.



For additional questions about group visits or scheduling, please email

Schedule Your Visit

Group tours take about two hours and are led by university ambassadors. Gain insight on the South Carolina student experience as you explore our historic Columbia campus. There’s plenty of time to see the sights, ask questions and learn why our university could be a great fit for you!
Group Visit Requests

The historic horseshoe is beautiful green space full of live oak trees and the Maxcy Monument and people walking down the brick pathways.

Prepare for your visit.

Get answers to common questions related to visiting campus including what to wear, where to park, what to do if you're late to your tour, things to do while you're in town and more. 

Tour Tips
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Visitor Center

Phone: 1-800-922-9755

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Select Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Visitor Center is located in McKissick Museum on the historic Horseshoe. After registering for your visit, you will receive detailed instructions for our complimentary Visitor Center parking. All other visitors are welcome to park in the numerous metered visitor parking spaces across campus and on many of the streets that surround campus. Please note that metered parking is not complimentary.

McKissick Museum sits at the top of the historic Horseshoe with large garnet banners featuring tailfeathers.