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University of South Carolina
514 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-6994

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Deja Vu? Back to School?

With thriving academic and research excellence and a lively, welcoming student experience, the University of South Carolina brings the opportunities of higher education to new generations.

South Carolina's unrivaled college experience has been sought by students, faculty and academic researchers for more than 200 years. Founded in 1801, the university is located in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina.

The University of South Carolina System, led by President Michael Amiridis who is serving as the university's 30th president, and has eight campuses in 20 locations that together serve more than 52,000 students.

All conference sessions and meals will take place at the University of South Carolina in the Swearingen Engineering Center.


JRC Hotel Info

The Hilton Columbia Center

924 Senate Street
Columbia, South Carolina, 29201, USA
+1 803-744-7800

Hotel Website

Among Congaree Vista's Historic Sights
Find the hotel in Congaree Vista, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Within meters of restaurants, the Metropolitan Convention Center, and Colonial Life Arena. SC State House is a half-mile away and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is three miles from their door. They offer an outdoor pool, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and a 24-hour snack shop, to name a few.

We have secured a small block of rooms at the Hilton Columbia Center. It is located a short distance (.3 miles) from the University of South Carolina.

Reservation Cut-Off Date: Friday, April 26, 2024. After this date, the room rate or availability cannot be guaranteed.

To make your reservations, follow this link and use the group code 943.

Rate: $174 single or double, plus 12% Sales tax and a destination marketing rate of 2% (may be subject to change without notice).

Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM

You can also call in your reservation by calling 1800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)

Cancellation Policy: A credit card will be needed to confirm your reservation. The individual reservation lodging deposit is fully refundable up to Two (2) days (48 hours) prior to the arrival date. Reservations cancelled after 48 hours prior to the arrival date will be charged one (1) night’s lodging, tax, and fees. After check-in, reservations are fully non-refundable. No-shows, delayed arrivals, and early departures are considered cancellations.

Parking: Self-Parking is available for $18.00 per day with in and out privileges in the connected city owned parking garage. There are 2 entrances to the parking garage, one on Pendleton Street and one on Park Street. Valet parking is available for $26 per day.





Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) Appx. 7 miles from the university
3250 Airport Boulevard West, Columbia, SC 29170
(803) 828-0098

Farther Airports:
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)




Ground Transportation

Taxi pick-up is on the lower level of the terminal in the baggage claim area outside the doors to the left of the rental car counters.

The COMET, Central Midlands Transit, operates Monday through Saturday.

The COMET is a service of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and provides countywide public transit services on 34 fixed routes, five ReFlex services, vanpool service for commuters, subsidy programs with Uber and Lyft and DART for transportation to grocery stores and at night, ADA complementary paratransit service throughout Richland and portions of Lexington Counties and eight Blue Bike bikeshare stations in Downtown Columbia. The COMET transports approximately 2.8 million passenger trips a year on a fleet of more than 80 buses, vans and trolleys. Transit services are provided under contract with RATP Dev USA, Inc., Enterprise Holdings, Lyft, Uber and Bewegen. For additional The COMET information, please call (803) 255-7100, TDD/TTY: 711 through the relay service, email:

Catch The COMET…We Will Take You There!


What To Do?

Looking for things to do while you're visiting Columbia, SC? Let the "biggest cheerleaders for the heart of South Carolina" tell you all the best things to see, do, eat and more. Meet: Experience Columbia – the city's CVB.

Whether you're just in need of a weekend escape, looking to have a full on adventure, or curious about kid-friendly activities, Experience Columbia has all the latest information on accommodations, restaurants, and attractions all around the city to make your visit as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

With so much to offer, like award-winning restaurants, accessible outdoor adventures, and an Insta-worthy art scene, it's so nice to have everything our vibrant Southern city has to offer in one, easy to locate space when you’re just starting to plan your visit… or even if you're a local wanting to get to know your hometown better!