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Coastal Carolina University

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For students who want to get their feet wet in coastal and marine studies, Coastal Carolina University offers the right programs at the right location.

Founded in 1954 as the Coastal Carolina Junior College it changed to its current name in 1993 . Located in Conway, S.C., near the lovely vacation area of Myrtle Beach, the university has an acclaimed coastal and marine studies program and as a sea grant university owns a portion of Waties Island, a barrier island on the Carolina coast which provides students with many research and learning opportunities.

This comprehensive liberal arts university has 66 bachelor’s degree programs, including recent additions such as biochemistry, economics, information systems, theatre arts, criminology, social justice, musical theatre, graphic design and health and aging. The university also has seven master’s degree programs.



Incoming students will be required to complete the Core Curriculum, which is usually accomplished by the end of the sophomore year. These courses give students a firm liberal arts background, designed to enhance their critical thinking, communication, and inquiry skills. Before graduation, students must pass classes in the natural sciences, math, humanities, global studies, and the fine arts.

The university also developed an undergraduate research program, allowing students to take part in research with faculty to help prepare for graduate studies, if they are heading down that education path.

The university also has a golf course management program, one of just a handful accredited by the PGA of America. Students here have a pretty good opportunity for interaction with faculty. The university has an 18 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and about 36 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. The faculty is well-seasoned, about four-fifths have a doctorate in their field.

Graduate Studies

The school recently added a doctorate program consisting of a Ph.D in Marine Sciences: Coastal and Marine Systems Science. Also, there are seven masters programs: Business Administration, Accountancy, Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies, Arts in Education, Education in Educational Leadership, Education Learning and Teaching, and Arts in Writing.

Marine Studies

The university consists of 69 buildings on 631 acres, including the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland studies, which is located off the main campus at the university’s Atlantic Center. The Burroughs and Chapin Center has been around since 1988 and provides marine and wetland study opportunities. Research by the center has proved invaluable to many resource and coastal management programs in the Carolinas and elsewhere.

The university recently partnered with the North Carolina Land Trust to monitor water quality on Lake Waccamaw and the North Carolina segment of the Waccamaw River. The center has also been active since 2009 in studying the viability of wind energy.

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There is a selective admissions policy and potential students are screened on a variety of factors. Students applying to the college should submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. The university also takes recommendations and documentation of participation in civic and other organizations into consideration. Students applying to the college should have a full high school college preparatory curriculum as outlined by the state of South Carolina under their belts, or have completed remediation at a community college.

The majority of students admitted to Coastal Carolina University had a high school GPA of 2.9 or higher. The average SAT score was 920 or higher, the average ACT was 24 or higher.

For transfer students, programs in the college do have a selective admissions process that takes into account things such as college GPA, prerequisite courses, etc. It is advisable to check with an advisor prior to applying.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of South Carolina, the college, and other organizations that students may be eligible for.


For example, the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship provides up to $6,700 for freshmen and $7,500 for upperclassmen for South Carolina residents who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, score a 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT and rank in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class. The Palmetto LIFE Scholarship provides $5,000 per year to freshmen who score a 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT, have a 3.0 GPA and rank in the top 30 percent of their high school class.   The President’s scholarship provides $4,000 for in-state students and $7,500 for out-of-state students. To qualify, in-state students must have a high school GPA of 3.5, and have scored a 1250 or better on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT. Out-of-state students must have a 3.5 GPA and have scored a 1300 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

Other Financial Aid

In total, about 64 percent of students here receive some sort of financial aid. These are just some of the scholarships available at Coastal Carolina University. Academic performance is not the sole criteria for all scholarships, some take many other factors into consideration, including ethnicity, career path, etc.

The college’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website has a helpful list of scholarships that students can use to see which awards they may be eligible for.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1950th for the average student loan amount.
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On campus, there’s plenty for students to do. The university has more than 70 clubs and organizations students can participate in, including academic and career groups, as well as special interest groups. About 7 percent of students participate in Greek life—there are 10 fraternities and eight sororities on campus.  

The university recently began construction on a new student center. When complete, the $30 million, 128,000 sq. ft. facility will house a convocation center for basketball games and commencement and other activities and a student recreation center complete with swimming pool, indoor track and field, climbing wall and other fitness-related activities.  

The university’s newspaper is the Chanticleer, and the university also publishes literary reviews. Students can also participate in a university television and radio station.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Chanticleers, or Chants wear the team colors of teal, bronze and black and participate in the NCAA Division I school and are members of the Big South Conference. The school has had a track record of athletic success in a variety of sports over the years and regularly competes with other Big South colleges and universities for the Sasser Cup, an award given to the school with the best record of athletic success for the year, which they have won nine times.

The university offers men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, soccer and tennis; and women’s softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball, golf, track and field, soccer and tennis.


The university also runs a public 18-hole golf course, the Quail Creek Golf Club, which is on land adjacent to the university’s main campus.



The university hosts Family Weekend each November and is a big campus tradition. The event helps keep the connection between home and school strong and is filled with exciting events for students and their families.

Local Community

With its proximity to the resort city of Myrtle Beach, students will never lack for entertainment opportunities. Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination, with more than 14 million visitors annually. The city offers beaches, shopping destinations, tourist attractions, and entertainment venues. Home to the Carolina Opry, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the Hard Rock Café park, and other destinations, the area offers plenty of opportunities for students living in Conway to enjoy the beach and entertainment opportunities.


Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Information Summary

Ranks 19th in South Carolina and 1264th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in South Carolina and 566th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.07
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 87 0.96
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 96 1.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 111 0.64
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 11 0.06
Robbery 35 0.20
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 220 1.27
Larceny 636 3.68
Vehicle theft 31 0.18

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Conway, SC 29526
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population30,392 (16,260 urban / 14,132 rural)
Households11,401 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,136
Families8,266 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4507

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 893rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,680 $9,680 $22,630
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $80 $80 $140
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $942
FT Graduate Tuition $11,976 $11,976 $18,936
FT Graduate Required Fees $80 $80 $80
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $499 $499 $789
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,656 $22,656 $35,666
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,682 $23,682 $36,692
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,437 $15,437 $28,447

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,760(N/C) $9,760(N/C) $21,560 $22,050
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,082 $1,096
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,700 $7,930
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,604 $3,651
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,964 $8,139
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,076 $4,129
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,297 $4,353

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,993 (4,862 male / 6,131 female)
Admitted 8,139 (3,480 male / 4,659 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 2,206 (1,034 male / 1,172 female)
FT Enrollment 2,200 (1,033 male / 1,167 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (1 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment9,478

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big South Conference

ACT Test Admission

1062nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 38%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

941st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 62%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,725
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,140
Board Fee$2,820

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 27 239 48 15 4 1,344 5 1,709
Accounting 3 12 1 59 75
Applied Mathematics, General 9 9
Biochemistry 1 4 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9 2 2 58 76
Business Administration and Management, General 10 18 3 1 1 153 188
Business/Managerial Economics 2 2 1 11 16
Chemistry, General 4 4
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 11 13
Creative Writing 1 11 12
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2 12 16
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 12 13
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12 1 1 45 59
Economics, General 1 2 3
Education, General 1 1 25 27
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 4 27 33
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 39 42
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 1 28 34
Finance, General 4 8 2 1 28 44
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 17 19
Graphic Design 2 1 17 20
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General 4 42 47
Information Science/Studies 1 7 8
Information Technology 1 1
Intelligence, General
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 20 21
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 18 4 57 1 80
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 17 2 45 66
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 2 3 88 96
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 9 5 2 73 1 91
Music, General 1 1 17 19
Philosophy 5 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 14 15
Physics, General 4 4
Political Science and Government, General 10 26 37
Psychology, General 18 4 2 56 1 81
Public Health Education and Promotion 14 2 2 37 56
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 4 1 11 17
Resort Management 1 4 25 30
Secondary Education and Teaching 5 1 36 1 43
Sociology 1 14 1 1 30 47
Spanish Language and Literature 2 11 13
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 13 16
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 19 5 83 112
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 16 2 62 84
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 1 9 1 12

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1757th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,985 ($67,641 male / $58,486 female)
Number of FT Faculty 410 (233 male / 177 female)
Number of PT Faculty 594
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $10,786,983

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