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CCU Points of Pride


U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges - US News and World Report - Regional Universities South 2016‌  

  • 62nd in the Best Regional Universities (South)
  • Eighth in the South among all schools in the Best Value category
  • MBA program tops U.S. News Short List for its 100 percent job placement rate

America's Best College Buys

Americas 100 Best College Buys

Seventh consecutive year on America's 100 Best College Buys by the independent consulting firm Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc.

Forbes America’s Top Colleges

Forbes Americas 2015 Top Colleges ‌‌

CCU was recognized by Forbes as one of America's Top Colleges for 2015.

Military Friendly School

Military Friendly School 2016‌‌

Eighth consecutive year on Military Friendly School list

Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction Badge from the 2016-2017

CCU is a College of Distinction.


Economic Impact

Highlights from "The Economic Impact of the University on the State Economy in 2012" include the following:

$498 million annual economic impact on South Carolina

$420 million in Horry County

$182 million in labor income

4,132 full- and part-time jobs

By the Numbers

  • The Wall College of Business is AACSB-accredited, an achievement held by less than 5 percent of business schools.
  • CCU’s new Coastal Excellence and Leadership (CEaL) program takes an innovative and pioneering approach to the admissions process and proven to position incoming freshmen for success.
  • One of 12 organizations in the Carolinas working together to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy in the Southeast.

CCU Growth

  • 19th fastest growing public master's degree university in the nation (2002-2010: 56.1 percent growth) – Chronicle of Higher Education
  • $300 million building campaign  View recent construction projects »

Enrollment Growth

  • Fall 2016: 10,479 students (in last 10 years, enrollment has grown 33.1 percent)
  • Fall 1993: 4,453 students (year Coastal became an independent, state-supported university)
  • Fall 1974: 1,396 students (first baccalaureate degrees awarded in 1974)