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Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2022 online registration will open 10 a.m. (EDT) on July 12 and close 4 p.m. (EDT) on September 2. Set a reminder to register and purchase your wristbands for an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family, Sept. 23-24!

Family Weekend is open to all families as it is the perfect way to get to know the Carolina community better. While you're in town, spend time learning all our thriving hometown — Columbia, South Carolina — has to offer, visit our historic UofSC campus and meet fellow family members and students. 

Traditionally, this event includes educational sessions, receptions, and a spectacular football tailgate prior to watching the Gamecocks play! 

ATTENTION: To attend our signature events, families must purchase a Family Member Wristband for each person planning to attend Family Weekend AND a UofSC Student Wristband for their South Carolina student.

All packages must be purchased prior to registration closing on September 2.


2022 Family Weekend Packages

Please note: no refunds will be issued after registration closes Sept. 2. Individual event tickets are not available.

Option Includes Cost
Family Member Wristband 1 Family member access to Family Weekend events only. This does not include a football ticket. $80
Family Member Wristband 2 Family member access to Family Weekend events + a football ticket. $130
UofSC Student Wristband 1 UofSC student access to Family Weekend events only. This does not include a football ticket. $20
UofSC Student Wristband 2 UofSC student access to Family Weekend events + a football ticket to sit with family during the game. $70


What's Included

The Family Weekend wristband includes admittance to Signature Family Weekend events where entertainment, food, and beverages are available:

  • President Meet and Greet – Friday afternoon
  • Rock the Roost – Friday evening
  • Family Tailgate Party – Saturday (2.5 hours prior to kick-off)

Family members over the age of 21 will also receive drink tickets to enjoy responsibly at Rock the Roost and the Family Weekend Tailgate Party. UofSC students, regardless of age, and family members under the age of 21 will not be served alcohol at Family Weekend events but will be able to enjoy the same food and fun!


What to do now before registration opens?

  • We strongly encourage you to book your accommodations now, with a home Carolina football game, hotels and rentals can fill up! Many sessions and events occur during the day on Friday. Please keep that in mind when planning for your trip. 
  • Get excited for an unforgettable weekend that your family will look back on for years to come! Check out our Parent and Family Facebook page to see the photos from Family Weekend 2021.


2022 Family Weekend Schedule

Events are rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.

2-6 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family Weekend Resource Fair
Russell House Ballroom

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Education Sessions
Russell House
**Stay tuned for more details, but for now here are some of the topics to expect.

  • Education Abroad
  • USCPD – Safety
  • Career Center – Preparing for Internships
  • Career Center – Graduate School Preparation
  • Sophomore Year Experience
  • On-Campus and Off-Campus Living
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Undergraduate Ombudsman

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Off-Campus Housing Expo
Greene Street

President Meet & Greet (Signature Event)

7-10 p.m.

Rock the Roost (Signature Event)
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center

Begins 2.5 hours before kickoff
Family Weekend Tailgate Party (Signature Event)
Old football practice field
(corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads)

South Carolina vs. UNC-Charlotte Football Game
Williams-Brice Stadium

Colleges/schools may host events independently. Please check the Family Weekend 2022 calendar (available late summer) for details.