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University Profile
  • Fall 2011 enrollment: 9,084 students from 47 states and 48 foreign countries
  • South Carolina residents:
    • First-time freshmen: 45 percent
    • All undergraduate students: 52 percent
  • Out-of-state residents including international:
    • First-time freshmen: 55 percent
    • All undergraduate students: 48 percent
  • Male/Female: 46/54 percent
  • Average SAT score for first-time freshmen: 1,013
  • Average high school GPA for first-time freshmen: 3.34
  • Student to Faculty ratio: 17:1

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 55 major fields of study; new undergraduate programs include: Biochemistry, the BA in Economics, Graphic Design, Information Systems, the BFA in Theatre Arts, the BFA in Musical Theatre, the BS in Nursing (completion program) and Health Administration (online). Additional specializations have been added to the existing programs of Biology, Finance and Sociology. The University also offers seven master's degree programs in the fields of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Accountancy (MAcc); Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies; Education, including the M.Ed in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching; and the MA in Writing. The University’s growing number of international partnerships make it possible for students to study in places such as Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Greece, France, Germany, Japan and Spain.

Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree and master's degree.Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Coastal Carolina University. All other inquiries about the University should be directed to Coastal Carolina University, P.O. Box 261954, Conway, South Carolina, 29528-6054, or, 843-347-3161, not the Commission.

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 is approved the South Carolina Department 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).



Full-time teaching faculty: 355
Faculty with doctoral or terminal degrees: 79 percent
Full-time staff: 652
Student employees: More than 800


The University comprises 72 main buildings on 630 acres including the Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, located on the East Campus in the Atlantic Center on U.S. 501, and The General James Hackler Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University, a public 18-hole golf facility located adjacent to the campus. The University also offers courses at the Waccamaw Center for Higher Education in Litchfield and the Myrtle Beach Education Center. Waties 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.


NCAA Division I / Big South
  • Women’s intercollegiate teams: basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, outdoor track and field, volleyball. Women's lacrosse is slated to begin in fall 2012.
  • Men’s intercollegiate teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, outdoor track and field.
  • The mascot/nickname for the University is the Chanticleer, the crafty quick-thinking rooster from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Tuition, Housing, Meals (2011-2012)
In-state Tuition: $9,760 per year*
Out-of-state Tuition: $21,560 per year*
Housing, Meals: Range $7,050 to $9,550 per year*

*includes Fall and Spring semesters

Total budget 2010-2011: $159 million
State appropriations: approximately 5.4 percent of total budget

Economic Impact
More than $255 million

Updated January 2012