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University of South Carolina, Conference and Event Services

Continuing Education and Conferences
1705 College Street

Columbia, South Carolina 29208

6000Largest Group
200+Meeting Rooms
3000Overnight Guests
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  • University of South Carolina, Conference & Event ServicesUniversity of South Carolina, Conference & Event Services

  • University of South Carolina, Conference & Event ServicesUniversity of South Carolina, Conference & Event Services

  • University of South Carolina, Conference & Event ServicesUniversity of South Carolina, Conference & Event Services

  • University of South Carolina, Conference & Event ServicesUniversity of South Carolina, Conference & Event Services

  • University of South Carolina, Conference & Event ServicesUniversity of South Carolina, Conference & Event Services

  • University of South Carolina, Conference & Event ServicesUniversity of South Carolina, Conference & Event Services

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Located in South Carolina's capital with Colonial, Antebellum, and contemporary settings. University of South Carolina event services are located in the center of SC, along 3 major interstates - I-26, I-20 and I-77. Easy access to sports and leisure facilities, historic sites, and mild winters assure year-round enjoyment. As part of the University’s mission of outreach, Continuing Education and Conferences offers a variety of professional event services for University colleges and departments, state agencies, associations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Whether you’re planning to meet at USC, in Columbia, or beyond, Continuing Education and Conferences is your one-stop shop. We provide a complete package of comprehensive event services: from budget management to table arrangements, we do it all with just one contract, one contact, one bill.


Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Charlotte, NC - 90
Atlanta, GA - 200
Greenville, SC - 100
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Columbia (CAE) / 15
Public Transportation Options:
Meeting space available year-round. Housing available June and July.
Room Type(s):
Residence Halls
Suite/Apt Style
Nearby Hotel(s)
Bath Type(s):
Communal Private Semi-Private
ADA Accessible:
Largest Group:
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
Largest Classroom Style:
Largest Theatre Style:
Number of Overnight Guests:
All sleeping rooms data/cable/voice accessible. Smart classrooms. Two business centers. Four computer labs. Telecommunication center.
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Onsite A/V Staff:
Food & Beverage:
23 specialty restaurants, a variety of dining locations, and full service catering. Menus emphasize nutritionally balanced diets and specialty items.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Cultural Catering Available:
Alcohol Permitted:
Complete Meeting Package:
Ropes Course / Team Building:
Special Rates and Packages:
Will customize package services, facilities and rates to suit client needs.
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Outdoor Event Space
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Youth Event/Meetings/Camps

ACCED-I 1 Stop Certified

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Various Classrooms and Lecture Halls Classrooms and auditoriums include smart rooms complete with state-of-the-art multimedia systems. All classrooms are wired for network access and wireless access is available on the university grounds and in many buildings.

The Russell House University Union The Russell House University Union is located in the heart of campus and can accommodate groups up to 600 with its ballroom, theatre and meeting rooms

The Campus Room Located in Capstone House, this multi-purpose meeting room can accommodate up to 400 and can be divided into two salons.

The Daniel Mickel Center This center features the Lumpkin Auditorium and ten additional meeting rooms of varying sizes including classrooms, a board room and the Faculty/Staff lounge, ideal for receptions.

The Koger Center for the Arts The Koger Center for the Arts is an ultramodern concert hall with a stage, theatrical lighting, and an expansive lobby for displays and exhibits.

The Carolina Coliseum The Carolina Coliseum boasts stadium-style seating in it's arena and offers many meeting and classrooms options of various sizes.

The Colonial Center The Colonial Center has been a leading entertainment and sports venue since opening in 2002. It is the largest arena in South Carolina seating up to 18,000.

329,000 sq. ft.
Drayton Hall Located on College Street between Sumter and Greene Streets, this 400 seat proscenium theatre was renovated in 1989. The theatre has a 60' grid, 25 line counterweight system, ETC Computer Lighting System, and a Yamaha and JBL Sound System.



Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
The Inn at USC 117 Nearby Hotels Private yes
On Campus Housing - Apartment Style Suite/Apartment Style Shared no
On Campus Housing - Suite Style Suite/Apartment Style Shared no
On Campus Housing - Traditional Style Residence Halls Communal no


  • Academic Enrichment and Conferences
    Look to Academic Enrichment and Conferences (803) 777-9444 to help you arrange all of your dining needs. We'll work with you to determine the best location to meet your needs.


  • Top of Carolina
    Top of Carolina
    Seating Capacity: 180
    Located on the 18th floor of Capstone House, the Top of Carolina is the only revolving restaurant of its kind on a university campus. Enjoy a beautiful view of Columbia while dining with collegues.
  • Grand Market Place
    Grand Market Place
    Located in the Russell House Student Union, the newly renovated Grand Market Place features an open air bakery, large rotisserie, sushi bar, the pop and sizzle of our exhibition station along with the classic choices from the hot line including entrees and vegetables. Salad tossed your way with your favorite toppings, deli, International station, vegetarian/vegan station and grill. That's why we call it Grand!
  • Gamecock Park
    Located in the Russell House Student Union are a variety of restaurants including Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Eistein Bros. Bagels, Horseshoe Deli, Marble Slab Creamery, Pandini's Italian, Pizza Hut, Santorini's, Taco Bell and Zia smoothies.
  • The Bates Carolina Diner
    Located at Bates residence Hall, this all you care to eat dining hall features your favorite grilled items, an ice cream bar and unlimited seconds including hot entrees, veggies, salad, pizza, exhibition station and desserts.
  • Gibbes Court
    Located in Capstone House residence hall, this dining hall features a deli, pizza station, hot line featuring down home favorites, a fresh from the garden salad station and grill.
  • The Patio Cafe
    Seating Capacity: 125
    Located in Patterson Hall, this is a health-conscience option featuring a deli, stir-fry and pasta stations, hot entrees and vegetables and desserts. All menu items are either baked, grilled, sauteed, stir-fried or broiled.


One Stop Shop The office of Academic Enrichment and Conferences at the University of South Carolina can handle all of your meeting needs. One call is all it takes to coordinate the venue, dining, accommodations, and audio visual for your next program. (803)777-9444

Logistical Support Whether you decide to hold your meeting at the University of South Carolina, Columbia or any where in the world, we can coordinate if for you. Customized packages include complete conference management. Ensure a successful program by letting us assist with everything from tableware to transportation!

Registration Services We'll keep track of who's attending your program and collect payment on your behalf. We'll customize your registration web site and database, collect on-line payments, staff your registration desk and even print the nametags for you!

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) We can help you evaluate your program, and if applicable, establish, arrange and award CEUs for your participants. Accepted nationally, CEU credits bolster your credentials and provide far-reaching benefits for your organization.

Development of Conference Materials We can work with you to provide camera-ready artwork for your brochure, invitation, handouts, flyers or any collateral materials you need.

Evaluation Services We can compile, summarize and report you participant's evaluations following your program.

Campus Services Meeting at the University of South Carolina offers the added benefits of recreational and entertainment options, computer labs, fax and copier services, ATM, printing and post office facilities and library.


State of the Art Facilities Meeting at the University of South Carolina offers the added benefits of state-of-the-art auditoriums and studios. "Smart" classrooms and auditoriums along with computer labs may reserved.

Wireless Internet Services Many university buildings and most of the grounds of the University of South Carolina offer wireless connectivity to the internet.

Area Attractions

Columbia Museum of Art South Carolina's premier international art museum houses an extraordinary collection of European and American fine and decorative art that spans centuries.

EdVenture Children's Museum Experience the joy of learning and discovery at EdVenture Children's Museum! A hands-on experience, Edventure provides children, families, and teachers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in dynamic, diverse exhibits, programs, events and more.

McKissick Museum 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.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks.

South Carolina State Museum The South Carolina State Museum is a comprehensive museum, with extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. In one stop it encompasses all that South Carolina was, is and can be. It is South Carolina's largest museum and one of the largest in the Southeast

Finlay Park One of the best known parks in the state of South Carolina, Finlay has hosted just about everything from festivals and political rallies to road races and Easter Sunrise services. The park is situated between the streets of Assembly, Taylor, Gadsden and Laurel and remains one of the treasures of Columbia . It is across the street from the Governor's Mansion and has one of the most photographed views of downtown.

South Carolina State House

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum was organized in December of 1895 by the Wade Hampton Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, to memorialize the service of South Carolinians who fought in defense of South Carolina during the War Between the States. The museum exhibits military and cultural artifacts from South Carolina's historical eras, from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm, with an emphasis on South Carolina's Confederate Era. The Museum housed in the World War Memorial Building which was built in 1935 as a tribute to all South Carolinians who fought in World War One.

Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens The Hampton-Preston Mansion epitomizes the lives of the planter elite in antebellum South Carolina. Both the Hamptons and the Prestons moved in the highest social and political circles of Columbia society. Their wealth came from cotton plantations in Columbia and sugar cane plantations in Louisiana, on which hundreds of slaves labored. The mansion's collection represents fifty years of occupancy. The rooms reflect an evolving interpretation from the Federal period to the early postbellum years.

Richland County Public Library The Richland County Public Library is a perfect place to discover, observe and establish an appreciation of the arts and literature. Special programs, exhibits, theatrical performances and literary readings for all age groups - as well as RCPL's collection, resources and services - helped attract more than 1.8 million visitors annually.


  • Thank you again for being such gracious and effective hosts for our meetings last month at the University of South Carolina. The accommodations were outstanding, the food was delicious and the meeting space was perfectly suited to our needs. This was not only my perspective - the participants commented repeatedly about how impressed they were with the arrangements and the helpfulness of each of you. I especially appreciated your flexibility and willingness to adjust our original schedule to the ebb and flow of each meeting. It was a pleasure to work with you!
    Christine Keller, National Association of State Universities and

  • For the past six years, we have used the USC Office of Academic Enrichment and Conferences to serve critical roles at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism & Travel. The state's official tourism conference attracts over 500 attendees and is held at a different location around the state each year, but no matter the site, the team from USC has come through. They handle registration, both on paper and online, as well as produce and stuff the name tag badges and process registration finances flawlessly. On site, these true team players have been a key part to providing the excellent customer service people expect when they come to the state's annual convention on hospitality!
    Beth Fallaw, Manager, Event Management, SC Department of Parks,

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