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, unveiling a new logo as well. 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.

There are currently 100+ University Ambassadors, and the training process is ever evolving to cater to new developments on campus. As an organization, Ambassadors participate in intramural sports, various clubs and organizations, Dance Marathon, Relay for Life and cultural events held by the university and in the greater Columbia area.


Learn more about the University of South Carolina

Network with other student leaders

Enhance your written and verbal communication skills

Attend weekly meetings that focus on professional development

Work in a team environment with a diverse group of individuals

Gain valuable presentation and critical thinking skills

Improve your sense of professionalism in the workplace

Develop long-lasting relationships within the organization


All Ambassadors work a minimum of 3 volunteer hours per week in the Visitor Center. In addition, there is a one-hour weekly meeting held every week. Additional hours can count as volunteer or paid for certain leadership positions.

Are you interested in applying to be a University Ambassador?

Visit the application page for more information!

UofSC Visitor Center & McKissick Museum

945 Bull St. Columbia, SC 29208
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