Coastal Carolina University
"Incredible value, attractive location and strong relationships set Coastal Carolina University apart. A public...

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public 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 to award the baccalaureate degree and master’s degree. CCU currently offers 66 major areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master’s degree programs. Its first Ph.D. program, in marine science, will be offered in 2014.


More than 9,900 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA 1 athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 120 student clubs and organizations.


The University comprises 72 main buildings on 630 acres at its Conway campus, which includes the General James Hackler Golf Course, a public 18-hole facility that supports our PGA-certified professional golf program. 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

9,976 students from 45 states and 58 countries (9,364 undergraduates)
45% male 55% female

Faculty Profile

Full-time faculty members: 384
Part-time faculty members: 267
Student/Faculty ratio: 17:1

Residence Life

87% of first-time, first-year freshmen live in college-owned, -operated, or –affiliated housing
39% of undergraduate students live in college-owned, -operated, or –affiliated housing

School Location

Conway, SC


NCAA Division I / Big South 

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
  • women’s lacrosse


Our mascot is the Chanticleer, the crafty, quick-thinking rooster from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Teal and Bronze

Other Information

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts university that offers 67 major fields of study, including degrees and specialized degree concentrations, as well as 8 master’s degrees, one doctoral, and 3 graduate certificate programs. 

Academic Programs

Marine Science, Professional Golf Management

More Distinctions

  • For the past two years, Coastal Carolina University has been named one of "America's Best Colleges” by Forbes Magazine.

  • U.S. News and World Report recognized CCU as one of the top regional universities in the South

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


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 which provides them with the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for a fruitful and fulfilling life both personally and professionally. In order to achieve this goal more effectively, the university has created Experienced@Coastal which is 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. 

CCU students can expect to engage in collaborative research with faculty and peers in a number of venues. This past year, students have performed over 1,500 undergraduate research projects and have made well over 200 conference presentations both on campus and at regional, national and international conferences. The annual undergraduate research competition and biennial 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.

Internships provide an excellent opportunity to develop both personal and job-related skills. During the 2011-2012 academic years, CCU students were offered over 1,200 internship opportunities related to their major and career interest with over 500 employers. CCU’s approach to internships spans the globe ranging from students participating with local employers, high profile national employers such as the U.S. Marshal Service, and international employers such as Citi Group. Coastal Carolina University has witnessed a steady growth of internship opportunities in all academic disciplines campus-wide. Through the efforts of the Career Services Internship Coordinator, a new CCU Internship Program was developed and a Director of Internships and Service Learning was hired in recent years to continue to foster that growth. 

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 ranging from semester-long study abroad, to individual courses with an international travel component. CCU has entered into bilateral agreements with universities and colleges in 9 countries and 20+ short and long term exchange sites including England, France, Australia, Austria, Germany, Ecuador, Spain, and Japan. The Office of International Programs and Services actively promotes study, work, and travel programs for students wishing to visit other countries. In 2011-2012 more than 150 students and 25 faculty 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.


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 where 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% 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. 

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.

The Coastal Carolina University campus is technology-rich and continuously growing.  Several new buildings are currently under construction. 


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. There are 153 clubs and organizations offering 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.

2012 marked the 10th Celebration of Inquiry (COI) for CCU. The celebration is a campus-wide event open to the public that showcases a variety of student, faculty, staff and community presentations, exhibits, performances, roundtable discussions, poster sessions and media related to a common theme, which is created anew each year. The theme for COI 2012 was From Curiosity to Exploration – Linking, Knowing & Doing.

Last year more than 1,000 participants and nearly 70 teams surpassed the American Cancer Society’s fundraising goal of $80,000 and CCU’s goal of $90,000, with a total $111,000 raised as of April 13. CCU was the first Relay for Life in the state to reach the goal set by the American Cancer Society.

This year marked the 4th 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 originality, methodology, evidence of research, clarity and organization.

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 2011-2012 cultural calendar was stronger than ever with 87 events including public performances, exhibits, theatrical productions and musical entertainment.


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, and encourages a continued connection to CCU.  

Marine science has been one of the most popular majors for the past decade; its distinguished faculty provides students, largely 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 relating to coastal resource management issues not only along the South Carolina coast but other U.S. shorelines as well. The Center is a currently a major participant in a statewide study exploring the viability of offshore wind energy production. 

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 & Touche, 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 20 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 39,000 students.


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
  • Priority deadline for scholarships: acceptance by January 1


An overview of the freshman class profile for fall 2014:

  • More than 14,000 applications for 2,100 spots
  • 64% of applicants were offered admission
  • Middle 50% GPA range: 2.9 – 3.7
  • Middle 50% SAT range (critical reading and math only): 910 – 1070
  • Middle 50% ACT range: 19 – 23

Financial Aid

Tuition and fees at Coastal Carolina University for the 2014-2015 academic year were $10,140 for in-state students and $23,480 for out-of-state students, while room and board was $8,440.  Types of financial assistance available include grants, scholarships, loans, student employment, and a tuition payment plan.

Approximately 71.4% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.  The average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,798. Merit-based scholarships are also available and include:

  • President’s Scholarship
  • Provost’s Scholarship
  • Coastal Scholar Award
  • Honors Program Award
  • Coastal Transfer Award
  • Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Professional Golf Management Program Scholars Award