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Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public institution accredited by the Southern Association of...

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public 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  and offers 71 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, 18 master’s degree programs, plus two specialist degrees and a Ph.D. in Coastal and Marine Systems Science.


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 180 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 2015 Enrollment
9,460 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
55% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
448 full-time faculty
219 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
89% of first year students live on campus
42% of all students live on campus

School Location

Coastal Carolina University is located in Conway, S.C., near the resort area of Myrtle Beach.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


69% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


42% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 20%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division I / Sun Belt Conference

Men’s intercollegiate teams (8): baseball; basketball; cross country; football (FBS in 2017); golf; soccer; tennis; outdoor track and field
Women’s intercollegiate teams (10): basketball; beach volleyball; cross country; golf; indoor track and field; soccer; softball; tennis; volleyball; lacrosse

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


Coastal Carolina University is a public institution that offers 71 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, 18 master’s degree programs, plus two specialist degrees and a Ph.D. in coastal and marine systems science.

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

  • Coastal Carolina University has been recognized as one of "America's Top 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.”

Integrated Student Engagement

A central focus of the mission of Coastal Carolina University is to prepare students both to 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, providing them with the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for fruitful and fulfilling personal and professional 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, and 200 presentations both on campus and at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition, more than 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.

Global Perspectives

To ensure that CCU 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 including both programs abroad and on-campus programming. Every CCU student completes as a part of the core curriculum a course embracing global awareness, and CCU offers a variety of minors dedicated to global studies, international business, French, German, and Spanish. CCU’s commitment to experiential learning supports international education and provides more than $5,000 in support annually that is supplemented by more than $35,000 in scholarships internally available to support study abroad by CCU students.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

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 77 percent of CCU faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their field. The low faculty to student ratio of 18 to 1 ensures close interaction between faculty and students.

University 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 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 major participant in a statewide study exploring the viability of offshore wind energy production.


Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 232 432 623 308 118 37 5 1755

Student Activities

CCU believes the student experience is enhanced by activities and programs outside of the classroom. More than 180 clubs and organizations offer opportunities to participate 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

The Celebration of Inquiry (COI) at CCU 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 projects related to a common theme.

Undergraduate Presentations

The CCU Undergraduate Research Competition provides 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. 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 2016 cultural calendar includes public performances, exhibits, theatrical productions and musical entertainment.

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.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Honors Housing

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

University College

The University College program offers students the opportunity to explore many areas of study so that they may discover the major that is the best fit for their interests. University College also offers learning assistance centers for all students and is home to the interdisciplinary studies major.


Students in every major are encouraged to participate in at least one internship during their enrollment at CCU. Employers are looking to hire graduates with demonstrated work experience in a student’s field of study and career interest. Since 2012, there has been an increase from 1,200 students to more than 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 the skills necessary to compete for high-level positions in a competitive job market.

Success in Every Field

The University’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration’s 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 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.

The Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers majors ranging from communication and politics to art studio and musical theatre. One of the most popular majors is intelligence and national security studies. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in musical theatre and theatre arts are working in productions nationwide, and alumni of the program include two Emmy winners. The Edwards College is also home to The Athenaeum Press, a student-centered laboratory for research, design, editing, publishing, new media development, and production. Students from multiple disciplines work together on projects from conception and design through production and promotion.


Admissions Fall 2015

17,768 Total Applicants
10,871 Total Admissions
2,249 Total Freshmen Enrollment

61.18% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Dec 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 540
SAT Math 470 550
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,696 $24,940
Fees $180 $180
Total $10,876 $25,120
Room and Board (on campus) $8,890 $8,890
Room Only $5,440 $5,440
Board Only $3,450 $3,450
Estimated Total On Campus $19,766 $34,010


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 FINAL

$9,857 First year students
$4,846 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 FINAL

47% on average, the percentage of need that was met
8% of financial need students that had need fully met

$4,846 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$9,136 Average need-based loan

Scholarships and Awards

Approximately 88% of full-time undergraduates received financial aid, merit awards, and scholarships—totaling more than $140 million. Merit awards include:

  • Presidential Scholarship Award
  • President’s Scholar Award
  • 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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