Move UP - Opening Day at USC Upstate

Move UP - Opening Day

Move Up Day welcomes first year students into the Spartan Community and celebrates them as they begin their college career.

Move Up Day symbolizes moving up in the world through education and is also an experience of moving up into adulthood. Not sure what to expect from Move UP or what to bring? Do not worry. You will find great information here!

Whether you elect for "DROP & GO" or "MoveUP & STAY," students and the two people you have helping you must have appropriate face coverings on while in the open or in common spaces.  Think about how much you are packing at least for the fall semester; we are all managing our first pandemic together and no one knows for certain how the fall semester is going to unfold. 

At arrival, the student and your two helpers will be screened and have a temperature check.  If you have a fever, you will not be able to move in.  If you are cleared, you and your helpers will have a sticker placed on their upper left shirt pocket area identifying that you are allowed in the building.

Students received an email from the department/their Assistant Director of Housing following the release of assignments on July 22.  That email contained links to sign up for one of the options:


Dates: August 3 – 7

2-hour block of time to unload your belongings into your room; this is not necessarily time to unpack everything.

Check in at Housing Office, 013 Palmetto House

  • The best place to park will be in the lower section of the R1 residential lot across the street from Palmetto House and make your way to the Housing Office
  • We may have up to 10 people per shift so social distancing (6’ apart) will be required as will face coverings
  • Student will complete paperwork, exchange their driver’s license for keys and may check out a moving bin if needed
  • After moving into the room, student will return keys, bin and pick up their driver’s license

Return to campus Aug 18-19 – check in at Housing Office to check out keys; as we will still be doing MoveUP & STAY you will have to enter campus from East Campus Blvd, turn left onto University Way and then travel to Hodge Drive and the residential area traveling past the Villas and into the lower section of the R1 parking lot.  Once the academic year begins, this road way between the upper and lower Villas will remain closed and only accessible to Emergency Vehicles, University vehicles and University golf carts.

The link closes 48 business hours before each day at noon. 


Freshmen and New Transfer Dates: August 10-15

Returning student dates: August 16-19

Contactless Drive-Thru check-in; you will follow the route of all students beginning at the Magnolia/Rampey lot and then proceeding to your Villa.  Do not park at your Villa and expect to walk through the contactless check-in.

See the MoveUP Guide attached and on our website for more details

Please note Spartan collegiate athletes will not sign up for a time; you will move in based on dates set up between Athletics and Housing                                          

There will be two time blocks each day for 20 students each per building/community from 9:00-11:00 am or 1:00-3:00 pm

The ability to sign up for a day closes 48 business hours before each day at noon. 

Finally, see our social media post on the HRLUpstate FB page about having a “Go Bag” for COVID-19 Isolation if you have to depart campus quickly

Please continue to watch your Upstate email DAILY for updates especially surrounding announcements regarding the campus plan and COVID-19 should there be any changes.

Depending on the popularity of the DROP OFF & GO, we may be able to open additional times for returning students earlier than August 16.


Move UP Guide

Move Up Guide PDF Document Download

Helpful Links

Interactive Campus Map

Faculty/staff volunteer form

Organization volunteer form