Coker College

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300 E. College Avenue

Hartsville, SC 29550

Phone: (843) 383-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#16 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Coker College is a private institution that was founded in 1908. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,155, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 37 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Coker College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 16. Its tuition and fees are $24,576 (2013-14).

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

Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review; by Washington Monthly as one of the top 100 baccalaureate colleges in the nation contributing most to the public good; and has been named to the President's Community Service Honor Roll, a program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service that recognizes selected colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. According to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement, the Coker experience meets or significantly exceeds the performance of all three institutional comparison groups in all five benchmarks of effective educational practice. The College recently launched an honors program for high-achieving students and Trans4mations, an innovative four-year academic program to ensure students are well prepared for the futures they will lead. This year, Coker began offering a master's in college athletic administration, the first graduate program in school history. Coker has also expanded co-curricular opportunities to challenge and engage students with new programs including a competitive debate team, gospel choir, men's ensemble, wind ensemble and a Coker-Hartsville chorale. The College also recently received a gift of more than $1 million from the estate of Betty C. Wiggins to establish the Joseph L. and Betty C. Wiggins School of Education. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1908
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $23,213,408


When applying to Coker College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Coker College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.8%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Coker College is 14:1, and the school has 77.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Coker College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Sociology; Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; and Social Work. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 19%
Sociology 18%
Elementary Education and Teaching 15%
Psychology, General 14%
Social Work 10%

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Student Life

Coker College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,155, with a gender distribution of 33.2 percent male students and 66.8 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. Coker College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,163
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Coker College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Coker College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Coker College, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Coker College.

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

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Paying for School

At Coker College, 74.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,411.

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Tuition and fees $24,576 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,610 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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