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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • The Close-Hipp building on a sunny day. Close-Hipp is located beside the pedestrian-friendly, historic center of UofSC. The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management occupies most college offices and classrooms in the Close-Hipp building.


The College of HRSM is located at 1705 College Street in the University of South Carolina's Close-Hipp Building. The eight-story building supports the college’s continued growth and success, and features ample natural light, a state-of-the-art culinary lab, student collaboration spaces, a café and more. 

The College of HRSM occupies the following spaces in the Close-Hipp Building:

1st floor — Hipp (north tower):

HRSM has a prominent presence on the ground floor of the building including the college’s Welcome Center, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Laboratory and meeting spaces. These facilities are located just past the elevators on the first floor. 

6th floor

HRSM occupies all of the 6th floor. Half of the floor is dedicated to HRSM student services and advising, marketing and communications, international programs, meeting and classroom spaces. The other half of the floor houses our School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management offices, as well as additional meeting and classroom spaces. There are several common areas on this floor that are great for studying, meeting up with classmates or relaxing between classes. 

7th floor

HRSM occupies all of the 7th floor. Half of the floor is dedicated to the Department of Retailing offices and the other half is home to the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management offices. This floor also features a variety of classroom and meeting spaces, including two dedicated student lounge areas that include group project meeting spaces that can be reserved by students. 

8th floor — Close (south tower)

The 8th floor is home to the college’s administrative offices, including the office of the dean, development, alumni relations, corporate engagement, IT and operations etc. The facility also includes meeting and classroom spaces including 801A and 828.

In addition to the Close-Hipp building, the College of HRSM operates the following facilities:

McCutchen House

McCutchen House is a student-operated learning laboratory overseen by School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management faculty and chef instructors. McCutchen House serves lunch Tuesday to Friday during the fall and spring semesters with the exception of university holidays. In addition, McCutchen House hosts dinners, culinary and wine and beverage classes for the community.

Gamecock iHub Apple Authorized Campus Store

Gamecock iHub is operated by University of South Carolina students, under the leadership of faculty and staff members from the Department of Retailing. USC students can gain hands-on experience with the world’s largest and most valuable consumer brand through part-time job opportunities and structured, semester-long internships.

Visit Us

College of HRSM Welcome Center
Close-Hipp Building
1st Floor, Hipp Tower
1705 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-4776


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