ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY
The Office of Admissions is committed
to marketing the University and attracting students who seek to attend a comprehensive
liberal arts institution. As a team, we strive to enroll a talented student
body from a variety of ethnic, economic, and geographic backgrounds.
For admission to any graduate program, graduation from a college or university
accredited by a regional accrediting agency is required. The applicant's
academic record should indicate that he/she carried an undergraduate program
demonstrating adequate preparation in the field in which graduate work
is to be undertaken. Admission to the University is processed in the Office
of Admissions. The admissions committee within the college determines
admission to a graduate degree program where the graduate program is housed.
Students admitted to graduate study
are placed in either one of two general categories: candidates for degrees
or non-degree candidates. Applicants are required to meet all standards for
admission if they wish to pursue a degree program. The category of non-degree
admission is available for qualified students with legitimate reasons for
earning graduate credit without a degree objective. Non-degree admission is
limited to twelve semester hours of credit. Admission is available for certified
teachers whose purpose in enrolling is for renewal of a certificate only (limited
to 12 hours in a 5 year period). Credits earned as a Non-Degree student may
be applied toward degree requirements at a later date. Students admitted
in a Non-Degree classification cannot receive any student financial aid.
Non-Degree classifications include:
an applicant seeking to take degree
courses and not intending to earn university credit for the courses. Approval
is made for one semester and is made on a space available basis. Note:
All auditors must be admitted to the University and go through the regular
registration process. Auditors will be charged the same fees as students taking
courses for academic credit. The request for the privilege of auditing a course
should be made to the instructional department concerned and should be for
a specific semester. Auditing a course consists of attending classes. An auditor,
however, is not responsible for assignments or examinations. No credit may
be earned in an audited course by examination or otherwise. No audited course
may be repeated for credit at a later date. Course work taken in a non-traditional
format may not be audited. A student who has registered for a course on an
audit basis and who wishes to change the registration to take the course for
credit (or who wishes to change from credit to audit) must do so no later
than the last day for adding classes, as published in the University Academic
Transient (Visiting) Student:
an applicant seeking to take courses
at Coastal Carolina University while regularly enrolled in another (home)
institution. The applicant must secure approval from the Academic Dean or
University Registrar at the home institution to ensure that the courses will
transfer. Students seeking to continue in a visiting status for subsequent
terms must have the approval from the Office of Admissions.
an applicant 22 years of age or older seeking to take courses
for personal or professional enhancement (including degree
seeking students who cannot provide finalized transcripts)
can be admitted and enroll in a maximum of 18 semester hours
of credit. At the completion of 18 credit hours, the student
must meet regular degree seeking status to the University.
Official transcripts from previously attended institutions
are required at this time.
an applicant 60 years of age or
older and a resident of South Carolina can enroll in classes free of charge
providing there is available space in the class. A special senior citizen
application can be completed in the Office of Admissions.
International Student Admission
Applicants from countries other
than the United States must meet regular admission requirements. International
applicants will complete an application for International Admission, provide
the necessary transcripts and/or leaving certificates, take required standardized
tests and submit a financial verification form. Applicants whose native language
is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The minimum score for admission is 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the
computer-based test. Applicants whose native language is English are required
to submit SAT or ACT scores.
Credit from foreign colleges/universities
is evaluated by the International Programs Office in coordination with the
dean of the student's major and the dean of each course in review.
Upon admission and verification
of financial support, applicants will be issued an immigration document for
use in requesting a student visa. In order to register officially as a student
at Coastal, entry into the U.S. must be in proper student visa status. Individuals
already in the U.S.A. who are out of status with the Immigration and Naturalization
Service will not be permitted official registration.
International students attending on student visas are required
to purchase the University insurance plan or show proof of a comparable plan
acceptable to the University’s Office of International Programs.
A student enrolled as a masters
degree-seeking student who leaves the University in good standing and misses
one or more major terms and does not attend another institution need only
submit the application for readmission in order to return to the University.
Summer terms do not count as a major term in this instance.
Valid Period of Admission
Admission to a graduate program is valid
for one year. If an applicant fails to complete any graduate course or
part of the prescribed program within this period, the acceptance lapses,
and the student becomes subject to any new requirements that may have
been adopted. If a student has not acted upon an admission after one calendar
year, the student must reapply for admission.
Students who have been admitted
to a graduate program under regulations other than those now in force and
who have not completed any Coastal Carolina University graduate courses during
a period of three or more years, are required to fulfill current admission
requirements prior to returning to the University for additional graduate
work. Upon readmission, such students become subject to current regulations
of the institution and of the program to which they are admitted.