The University of South Carolina announced on Tuesday that a store selling Apple products is coming to its campus in Columbia in early 2021 — and will be managed largely by students as part of their curriculum.
It will be the second store of its kind in the U.S. that is managed and operated by students, according to a news release.
The store, which will be located in the Byrnes Building at the intersection of Sumter and College streets, will sell a range of Apple products including laptop computers, tablets and accessories.
Faculty from the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management are leading the project and will help with store management, while students will manage daily operations.
“UofSC’s partnership with Apple is a continuation of our commitment to offering our students the very best experiential learning opportunities,” said Bill Kirkland, executive director of the university’s Office of Innovation, Partnerships, and Economic Engagement.
“The future of higher education is moving in the direction of closer collaboration between industry and academia, and there is no better example for our students to follow than one set by one of the world’s most innovative companies, Apple,” Kirkland said.