Coastal Carolina University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 261954

Conway, SC 29528-6054

Phone: (843) 347-3161
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#62 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Coastal Carolina University is a public institution that was founded in 1954. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,746, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 630 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Coastal Carolina University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 62. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,840 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,850 (2013-14).

Coastal Carolina University (CCU) is located about 10 miles west of the Myrtle Beach resort area in South Carolina. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and about seven master’s programs, including those in the Wall College of Business Administration. CCU is also home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers hundreds of courses at three different locations for community residents to attend during the daytime or evening. Outside the classroom, CCU students can get involved in more than 80 campus organizations, play at the neighboring Quail Creek Golf Course, or check out the beaches a few miles away.

Student athletes can play at the recreational level or try out for one of the many Coastal Carolina Chanticleers varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. A chanticleer is a crafty rooster from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and sometimes students shorten the team name to “Chants.” Notable CCU alumni include actor Michael Kelly, who has appeared in the movies Dawn of the Dead, Unbreakable, and Changeling.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Coastal Carolina University is a growing, comprehensive, public liberal arts institution located in Conway, S.C., near the resort area of Myrtle Beach. With a fall 2012 enrollment of more than 9,300 students, CCU offers baccalaureate programs in 65 fields of study and master's programs in education, marine studies, business administration and writing. The characteristics of the institution that set it apart from other universities of comparable size and mission have to do with history and location. Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 by a local community determined to improve its educational, economic and cultural capacities. Throughout its history, the institution has maintained a close, reciprocal relationship with the surrounding region, which during the past 60 years has altered from a primarily agricultural district to a major Atlantic coast resort. The University's development has been correspondingly dynamic. Begun on a shoestring with evening classes in the local high school, Coastal Carolina was for 30 years a branch campus of the University of South Carolina. Since breaking away from the USC system in 1993, the institution has flourished. Many of the University's most successful programs are based on unique aspects of the area's geography and economy. While the institution was founded to provide higher education opportunities for the local population, Coastal Carolina University attracts many students and faculty from distant places because of its resort location and strong academic programs. The resultant diversity of the campus community is a distinctive characteristic of the University, and has been a spur to cultural engagement and academic progressiveness. Marine science has been one of the most popular majors for the past decade, its distinguished faculty providing 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 currently a major participant in a statewide study exploring the viability of offshore wind energy production. CCU'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 prestigious international firms as Rolls-Royce, Deloitte & Touche, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. In the past year, CCU has received favorable rankings in U.S. News & World Report, Forbes' "America's Best College" and in "America's 100 Best College Buys." For the third consecutive year, Coastal Carolina University was named a "Military Friendly School," recognizing its commitment to educating military veterans. More than 200 students are enrolled in the University's PGA Golf Management Program, created in response to the needs of the thriving golf industry in the Myrtle Beach area. Coastal Carolina University's program is one of only 19 in the nation that is accredited by the PGA of America. CCU's Athletic program is NCAA Division I and is a member of the Big South Conference. There are eight men's sports and nine women's sports, with women's lacrosse being added as a new sport in the fall of 2012. The mascot is the Chanticleer, the crafty, quick-thinking rooster from the Nun's Priest Tale in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales". The University is currently in the midst of the most extensive building boom in its history. In accordance with the Campus Master Plan that was approved in 2010, there are currently 25 active building projects in some stage of planning or construction on campus. Altogether, CCU's building program adds up to more than $213 million in funded capital projects.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1954
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $21,976,669


When applying to Coastal Carolina University, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Coastal Carolina University is $45. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 74 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.0%
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Coastal Carolina University is 17:1, and the school has 35.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Coastal Carolina University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 12%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 8%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5%
Psychology, General 5%

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Student Life

Coastal Carolina University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,746, with a gender distribution of 46.4 percent male students and 53.6 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Coastal Carolina University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,335
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Coastal Carolina University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Coastal Carolina University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Coastal Carolina University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Coastal Carolina University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Coastal Carolina University, 71.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,742.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,840 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,850 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,970 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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