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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • Exterior of the Close-Hipp towers from the southwest side of the buildings.

On the move

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management has moved to our new home at 1705 College Street.

 Updated January 10, 2020
Page Created January 14, 2019

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) has sustained powerful growth in student enrollment, program reputation, and industry partnerships over the years. To support its continued success and growth, HRSM has recently moved to 1705 College Street and is the primary academic unit to occupy one of the University of South Carolina’s flagship structures, the Close-Hipp building

1705 College Street

The College’s home is located northeast of UofSC’s historic Horseshoe and in close proximity to Downtown Columbia’s vibrant business and tourism district.

Highlights of HRSM’s new home include:
  • Largest classroom building on campus
  • Estimated traffic of 4,000 visitors daily
  • New J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Laboratory
  • Cafe in the lobby
  • 400-seat Belk Auditorium
  • Outdoor social and event space
  • Ample natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows around every floor

Close-Hipp is a dual-towered building comprised of the H. William Close Tower which was completed in 1973 and the Francis M. Hipp Tower which was completed in 1983.

The University has conducted a renovation project for the eight-story, 408,000-square-foot building to provide the growing campus community with ample access to education and research facilities.

In addition to HRSM, the building is a hub for important university offices including Conference and Continuing Education Services, Global Carolina, Study Abroad, University Advising and more. HRSM will be the primary academic unit to occupy the building.

General Move Information

  • The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management moved to its new location the week of Dec. 16, 2019. (updated 1/10/20). This included all faculty and staff offices. 
  • HRSM occupies the following spaces in the Close-Hipp Building:

1. 1st floor — Hipp (north tower): HRSM has a prominent presence on the ground floor with cross-disciplinary services and spaces for students and visitors, including student recruitment, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Laboratory and more

2. 6th floor — Hipp (north tower): HRSM student services and advising, marketing and communications, alumni relations, corporate  engagement, international programs, meeting and classroom spaces

3. 6th floor — Close (south tower): School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management offices, meeting and classroom spaces

4.  7th floor — Close (south tower) : Department of Retailing offices, meeting and classroom spaces

5. 7th floor — Hipp (north tower): Department of Sport and Entertainment Management offices, meeting and classroom spaces

6.  8th floor — Close (south tower): College administration offices, deans offices, meeting and classroom spaces

  • New HRSM office locations have been posted on our online directory.
  • Most HRSM classes will be taught in or near Close-Hipp for spring 2020.  Students should refer to their class schedule for all class locations and updates.
  • The move provides more space and an enhanced learning environment for our growing student body. As with any move, it requires a bit of time to get everything settled and for everyone to become familiar with the new building, so please take time to become oriented with the new office locations at the start of the spring 2020 semester.  

Timing Updates

Update January 10, 2020

The College of HRSM is prepared to serve students, facutly and staff for the start of the spring 2020 semester!

Update November 12, 2019

The College of HRSM is preparing to move from the Carolina Coliseum to the Close-Hipp Building (1705 College Street) at the end of this semester, December 2019. The college will be fully moved in at the new location for the start of the spring 2020 semester.

Update April 29, 2019:

The move was originally scheduled to take place during the summer of 2019, but has been rescheduled  to December 2019. The new move-in date is the result of several factors. The renovation, which is being led by University Facilities, has proved to be the most complex renovation on campus. Part of this is due to the age of the building, and the fact that it has been an active classroom building during construction has caused unique delays. These factors have been compounded by unforeseen schedule challenges with contractors, and the addition of a significant project add on — the installation of sprinklers on two additional floors. This adjusted timing will allow for a smoother transition into a better equiped learning environment

This page is intended to provide high-level information for the general public. Faculty, staff and students are receiving additional detailed information about the move via email. If you have a question or suggestion, please use the form on this page and we will be happy to assist you.  

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