Coastal Carolina University

103 Tom Trout Drive, Conway, SC 29526
Tel: (843)347-3161
Public | 9,335 students
Coastal Carolina University is a public mid-sized comprehensive liberal arts institution offering baccalaureate degrees in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, and professional schools, along with master's degrees in several specialized areas. Located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation, the campus serves its immediate five-county area, honoring its commitment to the citizens of Horry County who founded the University and continue to provide funding to it. Recognizing its responsibility to ensure a student population that is diverse both culturally and geographically, the institution also aggressively recruits statewide, out-of-state and internationally.

School Overview:

Coastal Carolina University
CountyHorry County, SC
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationOther
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
420 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment9,335 students1,633 students
# Undergraduate Students
7,916 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
155 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Total Dormitory Capacity3,664571
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%96%
Percent Admitted75%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)450-540450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)460-560460-573
ACT Composite (25-75%)18-2220-25

School Notes:

  • Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 65 major fields of study, including degree and specialized degree concentrations, and 50 undergraduate minors. The University also offers master’s degree programs in accountancy, business administration, education, coastal marine and wetland studies, and writing. CCU’s many international partnerships make it possible for students to study in places such as Australia, Costa Rica, England, Ecuador, France, Galapagos Islands, Germany, Greece, Japan and Spain. As a major intellectual and cultural center for the Waccamaw region, the University enriches the quality of life through the performing and fine arts, community service, external programs, distance learning, continuing education programs, and the encouragement of faculty development and research, especially in problem areas that are indigenous. Coastal Carolina University is located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles from the Atlantic coast resort Myrtle Beach. The campus comprises 72 buildings on 630 acres including the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies in the Atlantic Center on Highway 501. Waites Island, 1,062 acres of pristine barrier island on the Atlantic coast, provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology. The university also offers courses at the Myrtle Beach Education Center on 79th Avenue in Myrtle Beach and the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield. Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Spadoni College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the South Carolina State Board of Education. Coastal Carolina University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Department of Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
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