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Quick facts about CCU

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic public institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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(All data on this web page is from Fall 2016 unless otherwise noted.)

About CCU Students

Total Enrollment: 10,479 students

  Undergraduate students: 9,747 
  •  South Carolina residents: 49 percent
  •  South Carolina residents among first-time freshmen: 44 percent
  •  Out-of-state residents from 46 states: 49 percent
  •  International students from 63 countries: 2 percent

  Graduate students: 732
  •  South Carolina residents: 77 percent
  •  Out-of-state residents from 29 states: 21 percent
  •  International students from 12 countries: 2 percent

Students: 54 percent female, 46 percent male
Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
Average SAT for first-time freshmen: 1,018
Average high school GPA for first-time freshmen: 3.48

About CCU Faculty and Staff

Full-time faculty: 468  |  Faculty with doctoral/terminal degrees: 75 percent
Full-time staff: 730
Student staff: 1,071 ‌(includes undergraduate positions and graduate assistantships)

About CCU Academic Programs*

‌Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 73 major fields of study. Among CCU's 21 graduate-level programs are 18 master's degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online 

* Spring 2017

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About the CCU Campus

‌The University comprises 115 main buildings on 633 acres, including the Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, located 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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About CCU Tuition and Fees

Total Undergraduate Tuition, Housing/Meals *
•  South Carolina residents: $20,340 per year
•  Out-of-state residents: $35,012 per year    
Undergraduate Tuition 

•  South Carolina residents: $11,200 per year
•  Out-of-state residents: $25,872 per year  
Housing, Meals
: $9,140 per year, based on double occupancy, unlimited meal plan

* Total costs include meal plan, double occupancy Ingle/Eaglin halls. Tuition includes Fall and Spring semesters based on full-time undergraduate enrollment (12-18 credit hours) and required technology fee; additional course fees may apply.  View all costs »

About CCU Accreditations

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, and 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.

‌About CCU Budget

Total funds/operating budget: FY17 $200,468,521
State appropriations (recurring): 5.88 percent of operating budget‌‌‌

About CCU Economic Impact

$498 million (annual economic impact on South Carolina)

About Penny Sales Tax

Since its inception in 2009, the Penny Sales Tax has generated nearly $65.3 million (March 2009-April 2017) for construction projects and facilities at CCU.
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NCAA Division I / Sun Belt Conference

* Competes as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference

Women’s teams: basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, lacrosse *, soccer, softball, tennis, outdoor track and field, volleyball
Men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football (FBS in 2017), golf, soccer, tennis, outdoor track and field
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The Chanticleer

The Chanticleer ­– a proud and fierce rooster – is the unique moniker/mascot 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."  Learn more about CCU's Chanticleer »