History

Ambassador assisting a visitor in 2001.
Group of Ambassadors in 1998.
Ambassador giving a tour in 1998.
Ambassadors standing in front of the original Visitor Center, which was opened in 1994.

In 1991, a group of students sold the idea of a Visitor Center to the University of South Carolina administration. Their vision was to develop a place that would showcase the university to current and prospective students.

 

The Visitor Center opened in 1994 where 12 students worked as Information Specialists. The first year, the Information Specialists anticipated serving 5,000 visitors; instead, over 15,000 people visited the new center in its inaugural year. The following year, group tours of the university were offered through the Visitor Center. Students who served as tour guides became known as University Ambassadors. In 1998, these tours moved focus from general visitors to prospective students, offering a glimpse into the lives of Carolina students.

Finally in 1999, University Ambassadors was recognized as an official campus organization, and the Ambassador cohort grew to include 35 students. During the early 2000s, the organization refined its recruitment and training process and began to become more involved on campus, receiving a service award from the Bicentennial Committee in 2001 and winning homecoming spirit competitions in 2008.

What We Do

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Today, University Ambassadors work a minimum of 3  hours per week in the Visitor Center. During this shift, ambassadors are connecting with prospective students and families virtually and in-person. In addition, there is a one-hour weekly meeting held every week. Additional hours can count as volunteer or paid for certain leadership positions.

There are endless benefits of being a University Ambassador, but here are just a few: 

  • Learn more about the University of South Carolina 

  • Network with other student leaders

  • Enhance written and verbal communication

  • Attend weekly meetings that focus on professional development 

  • Work in a diverse team environment 

  • Gain valuable presentation and critical thinking skills 

  • Improve your sense of professionalism in the workplace 

  • Develop long-lasting relationships within the organization

  • Opportunities to work for pay or to volunteer