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About Coastal

Coastal Carolina University (Coastal) is a dynamic, comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean resort area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the fastest growing and most important tourist destinations in the United States.

Founded in 1954, Coastal has been an independent university since 1993.  It is the fastest growing public university in South Carolina, with approximately 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students, 350 full-time faculty members (83% of which have doctoral or terminal degrees), and 550 full-time staff.  Coastal offers 65 fields of study at the bachelor’s level, including acclaimed programs in marine science, resort tourism and business, and computer science.  Graduate programs include a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accountancy, as well as Masters programs in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies, Writing, and Education.

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. A 1,062-acre tract on 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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