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Coastal Carolina University Quick Facts

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The Atheneum, Coastal Carolina University's symbol


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Graham Family Bell Tower
in Spadoni Park


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Kenneth E. Swain Hall


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General James Hackler
Golf Course



Aerial view of a portion of Waties Island


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The following profile is based on the final Fall 2015 enrollment of 10,263 students.

   • Undergraduate: 9,615 students 
          South Carolina residents: 48.7 percent
          South Carolina residents among first-time freshmen: 40.1 percent
          Out-of-state residents from 46 states: 49.6 percent
          International students from 58 countries: 1.7 percent
   • Graduate: 648 students
          South Carolina residents: 77.5 percent
          Out-of-state residents from 25 states: 20.2 percent
          International students from 8 countries: 2.3 percent
   • Female: 54.2 percent, male: 45.8 percent
   • Average SAT for first-time freshmen: 1,005
   • Average high school GPA for first-time freshmen: 3.42
   • Students to faculty: 18:1



   • Full-time faculty: 455
   • Faculty with doctoral/terminal degrees: 77 percent
   • Full-time staff: 723
   • Student staff: 1,177 (includes 1,080 undergraduate positions and 97 graduate assistantships)



‌Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 70 major fields of study, 17 master's degree programs, plus two educational specialist degrees. The University began its first doctoral program – the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science – in Fall 2014.

The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication, and psychology.

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‌The University comprises 102 main buildings on 633 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 Myrtle Beach Education Center, and in Litchfield and Georgetown. A 1,105-acre tract that includes a portion of Waties Island provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology on an Atlantic coast barrier island. 

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2015-2016 TUITION/FEES
Includes Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters based on
full-time undergraduate enrollment; additional course fees may apply

Tuition (12-18 credit hours)

• South Carolina residents: $10,270 per year
• Out-of-state residents: $24,060 per year

Housing, Meals

• $8,690 per year, based on double occupancy, unlimited meal plan

Required Fees

• Technology fee: $180 per year; ACA fee: $80 per year

Total Tuition, Housing, Required Fees, Parking Fee ($75)

• South Carolina residents: $19,296 per year
• Out-of-state residents: $33,086 per year

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• Total funds/operating budget: FY16 $200,399,441
• State appropriations (recurring): 5.25 percent of operating budget

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• $498 million (annual economic impact on South Carolina)

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Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 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 by 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).

The Nursing (Completion Program) is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as NLNAC. 

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NCAA Division I / Big South Conference (Sun Belt Conference July 1, 2016)

Women’s intercollegiate teams
Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball

Men’s intercollegiate teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football (FBS in 2016), Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field

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‌The Chanticleer ­– a proud and fierce rooster – is the unique moniker for Coastal Carolina University’s mascot and athletics teams. The Chanticleer is derived from the crafty quick-thinking rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, specifically, "The Nun's Priest Tale."

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