McKissick Museum, home of the Visitor Center

Tour Tips

As you plan for your upcoming visit, keep these tips in mind to help make your time on campus enjoyable and worry free.

Tour Requests and Confirmations

As soon as we have processed your tour request, you will receive a confirmation email with important details about your visit. Please notify the Visitor Center as early as possible at 800-922-9755 if you will need special assistance while you are on campus.


Please notify the Visitor Center as early as possible at 800-922-9755 if you cannot make any of your activities or if your plans change.


Late Arrivals

Please be advised that we reserve the right to forfeit your seat if you arrive more than 15 minutes after the admissions information session begins. We encourage all visitors to check-in 30 minutes before their first scheduled activity.


Visitor Parking

The Visitor Center is located in McKissick Museum on the Historic Horseshoe. Although there are many metered parking spaces on many of the streets that surround campus, we may be able to provide you with complimentary parking. Please check in with our parking attendant for more information.

Directions: At the intersection of Pendleton and Bull, enter the small driveway and stop to speak with the parking attendant.



What to Wear

Check the weather and dress appropriately. Your campus tour will include a presentation by one of our admissions counselors followed by a student-led walking tour. The walking portion can last up to two hours, so please wear comfortable shoes and pack an umbrella in case of rain.

While You're in Town

If you're planning to stay in town for a while, consult our calendar for events and check out Explore Columbia for attractions and accommodations. Remember to ask about special rates for UofSC visitors when making your hotel reservations.

Further Questions or Assistance

Just contact the Visitor Center by email ( or call 800-922-9755 and we'll be happy to help.