The University of South Carolina welcomed the incoming class of 2016 on Sunday (Aug. 19) in a convocation ceremony, encouraging the new students to take advantage of all the university’s academic resources.

Lugging pillows and televisions, stuffed animals and printers, more than 6,800 students – including about 4,600 freshmen – made their way into on-campus residence halls over the weekend. Carolina Welcome activities are in full swing, with classes set to start Thursday.

08/08/12 – Imagine what would happen if all the residents of the city of Camden, S.C., moved into downtown Columbia – all on the same day.

That’s about what happens every August as more than 7,000 students return to the residence halls on the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus.