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Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts university that offers 79 major...

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public, comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, S.C., near the resort area of Myrtle Beach. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. They are honored for their baccalaureate degree and master’s degree programs, offering 67 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, nine for master’s degrees, and two educational specialist degrees in educational leadership and instructional technology. The University established its first doctoral program – the Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science – in Fall 2014.


More than 10,000 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 200 student clubs and organizations.


The University comprises 102 main buildings on 633 acres at its Conway campus, including the Coastal Science Center, the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, and the General James Hackler Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University. CCU also offers courses in Myrtle Beach and Litchfield. One of the University’s most outstanding assets is Waties Island, a 1,105-acre tract including part of a pristine barrier island, which provides a superb natural laboratory for marine science research.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
9,364 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
58% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
415 full-time faculty
218 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

All first and second-year students are required to live in campus housing. CCU’s 11 residential communities can house approximately 4,900 students.

School Location

Conway, SC

Retention Fall 2014

67% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

45% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 20%
White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division I / Big South Conference (moving to Sun Belt Conference July 2016)

Men’s intercollegiate teams (8): baseball; basketball; cross country; football; golf; soccer; tennis; outdoor track and field
Women’s intercollegiate teams (10): basketball; cross country; golf; indoor track and field; outdoor track and field; soccer; softball; tennis; volleyball; lacrosse

Mascot: The mascot is Chauncey the Chanticleer, the crafty, quick-thinking rooster from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Colors: Teal and Bronze

Other Information

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts university that offers 79 major fields of study, including degrees and specialized degree concentrations, as well as nine master’s degrees, two education specialist degrees, one doctoral degree, and five graduate certificate programs.

Academic Programs

Marine Science, Professional Golf Management, Intelligence and National Security Studies, Musical Theatre B.F.A., Theatre B.F.A., Exercise and Sport Science. 

More Distinctions

  • G.I. Jobs Magazine named CCU a “Military-Friendly School.”

Integrated Student Engagement

A central focus of the mission of Coastal Carolina University is to prepare students to both excel in the classroom and to succeed in life. An essential part of the educational mission is to engage students in hands-on learning that bridges the gap between theory and practice. Such a foundation provides them with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for fruitful and fulfilling lives. In order to achieve this goal more effectively, the University has created Experienced@Coastal, an integrated approach to student engagement. This initiative brings experiential learning to the center of the educational culture by building on a strong tradition of active learning through undergraduate research, internships, international experiences, and community engagement.

Undergraduate Research

CCU students can expect to engage in collaborative research with faculty and peers in a number of venues. During the 2013-14 school year, nearly 600 undergraduate students enrolled in undergraduate research/senior thesis courses, yielding nearly 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, on-campus research, fine arts journals. Over 200 presentations have been proudly displayed both on campus and at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition, over 200 students participated in public musical and theatrical performances, and many dozens more were recognized as award winners in regional and national academic competitions in visual arts, literature and poetry, Model United Nations, and Student Legislature. Coastal Carolina’s own annual Undergraduate Research Competition and Celebration of Inquiry conference are but two of the many opportunities available to students to perform and present their research, scholarship and creative activities. Students regularly present at both the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium and at the National Council for Undergraduate Research Conference, in addition to the national and international discipline specific conferences.

Global Studies

To ensure that students develop a global perspective and are prepared for life in the 21st century, CCU offers a variety of opportunities for international studies and experiences abroad and on-campus. The school offers a variety of majors and minors dedicated to global studies. Additionally, students have access to work with international businesses, semester-long study abroad programs in 8 countries, and active on-campus cooperative programs such as the Intercultural Experience Community, International Club, and Global Ambassadors. In 2014-2015, more than 170 students participated in study abroad programs. The Wall College of Business is the only U.S. Business College to be admitted to the Consortium of Double Degree Programs, headquartered in France.

Where Education Thrives

Coastal Carolina University is a place where integrity and excellence are central to the student experience. As part of that experience, students find a thoughtful and welcoming community in which student ideas and aspirations are nurtured. With a world-class faculty and dedicated staff, CCU offers a premier student experience to encourage success in the classroom and in the world. Approximately 79 percent of CCU faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their field. The low faculty to student ratio of 17 to 1 ensures close interaction between faculty and students.

Involved Research

Coastal Carolina University nurtures a richly textured environment of creativity and discovery for its faculty and students. University research, an activity that supports university teaching, opens new pathways to interpret and understand our world. Whether in the classroom, the laboratory, on stage or in the field, undergraduate and graduate students work side by side with scientists, scholars, educators, visual and performing artists, and others engaged in research, innovation, and performance.

Marine Science Degree

Marine science has been one of the most popular majors for the past decade; its distinguished faculty provides students undergraduates with remarkable research opportunities. Studies conducted by the University’s Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies play a vital role in shaping public policy related to coastal resource management issues. The Center is a currently a major participant in a statewide study exploring the viability of offshore wind energy production.

Student Activities

Coastal Carolina University nurtures a richly textured environment of creativity and discovery for its faculty and students. CCU believes the student experience is enhanced by activities and programs outside of the classroom. More than 200 clubs and organizations offer opportunity for participation in student government, academic and professional organizations, sports, honor societies, Greek life, and a variety of special interest groups. Clubs and organizations on campus have more than doubled during the past five years.

Celebration of Inquiry

2014 marked the 12th Celebration of Inquiry (COI) Conference for CCU. This campus-wide event, which is open to the public, showcases a variety of student, faculty, staff, and community presentations. COI is a collaborative platform for exhibits, performances, roundtable discussions, poster sessions, and media projects that are all related to a common theme.

Competitive Research

Spring of 2015 marked the 7th annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competition, enabling undergraduate students from all disciplines and majors the opportunity to present their University research at a venue outside their regular classroom. Presentations are judged by CCU faculty on such factors as significance, methodology, evidence of research, clarity, and organization.

Cultural Arts

The cultural arts program at CCU complements the academic experience for students and enriches the quality of life in the community and region by offering a dynamic and diverse calendar of cultural events. The Fall 2015 cultural calendar included over 60 events such as public performances, exhibits, theatrical productions, and musical entertainment.


Students of almost every major are encouraged to participate in at least one internship during their enrollment at Coastal Carolina University. The academic and experiential benefits of internship engagement are well-known. Employers are looking to hire graduates with demonstrated work experience in a student’s field of study and career interest. Since the university adopted “Experiential Learning” as its theme for the Quality Enhancement Plan in 2012, there has been an increase from 1,200 students to over 1,700 student interns in the 2014-2015 academic year. There are currently 116 internship courses being offered to students that provide academic credit and faculty supervision. In addition to the hundreds of local opportunities available, many students are taking advantage of national and international placement locations that provide them with an even more comprehensive resume and skills necessary to compete for high level positions in this competitive job market.

Prepared for the World

Coastal Carolina University’s mission is to develop students who are not only knowledgeable in their chosen field, but who are also prepared to become productive, responsible citizens. The active learning community prepares students for professional careers and graduate programs.

The University’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business’ reputation for high achievement is exemplified by its Wall Fellows program, an elite leadership program that cultivates top students for high-level careers. In recent years, Wall Fellow graduates have been accepted for positions at such prestigious international firms as Rolls-Royce, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup.

More than 292 students are enrolled in the University’s PGA Golf Management Program, created in response to the needs of the thriving golfing industry in the Myrtle Beach area. Coastal Carolina University’s program is one of only 18 in the nation that is accredited by the PGA of America.

A majority of teachers who work for the Horry County School District have received degrees or pursued college coursework at Coastal Carolina University. Horry County School District is the third largest in the state and serves more than 42,000 students.


Admissions Fall 2014

14,799 Total Applicants
9,412 Total Admissions
2,375 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.60% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 540
SAT Math 460 550
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 19 23
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Coastal Carolina University considers applications for admission based on overall performance in high school courses, grades in the 19 core courses that are required for admission, and SAT and/or ACT scores. If you take a test more than once, your best score will be considered. The following high school courses are required for admission:

• 4 units of English
• 4 units of math (includes Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and a higher level math course)
• 3 units of laboratory science (for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite)
• 2 units of the same foreign language
• 3 units of social science (U.S. history is required; 1/2 unit of economics and 1/2 unit of government is required of all South Carolina high school graduates)
• 1 unit of fine arts
• 1 elective (must be a college preparatory class)
• 1 unit of PE or ROTC

The deadlines for applications are:
• Priority deadline for applications: December 1
• After December 1, applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis
• The priority date for admission and merit award consideration is December 1

An overview of the freshman class profile for fall 2014:
• More than 16,000 applications for 2,400 spots
• 64% of applicants were offered admission
• Middle 50% GPA range: 3.0 – 3.7
• Middle 50% SAT range (critical reading and math only): 930 – 1070
• Middle 50% ACT range: 20 – 23


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,140 $23,480
Fees $180 $180
Total $10,320 $23,660
Room and Board (on campus) $8,194 $8,194
Room Only $5,394 $5,394
Board Only $2,800 $2,800
Estimated Total On Campus $18,514 $31,854


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
73% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$7,937 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,769 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Scholarships and Awards

Approximately 84% of full-time undergraduates received financial aid, merit awards and scholarships totaling more than $140 million. Merit awards include:

• Presidential Scholarship
• Provost’s Scholar Award
• Coastal Scholar Award
• South Carolina Scholar Award
• Coastal Transfer Scholar Award
• Visual and Performing Arts Award
• Professional Golf Management Program Scholar Award

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