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We welcome your application for admission and look forward to assisting you throughout the admission process.  Below is more information about admission and enrollment and the services we offer to help you complete your application and make a successful transition to the University.  If you have any questions, please contact us at +1-800-277-7000, e-mail internationaladmissions@coastal.edu, or find us on Facebook.


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International Admission Requirements


1. What do we look for in applicants?

Applicants from countries other than the United States must meet the same admission requirements as domestic applicants (see the freshman and/or transfer admission pages).  An additional form is needed to verify that you have the financial resources that will enable you to study in the U.S.  If your first language is not English, you will also need to complete the TOEFL exam.

2. What are the deadlines? 

International students are expected to start in either fall or spring semesters.  Rare exceptions can be made for Summer.  For consideration of Summer, please contact internationaladmissions@coastal.edu.  The completed application must be received by July 1 for the fall term and November 15 for the spring term.  Applications received after these deadlines will be reviewed for the following semester.


Applying for Admission


1. How do I apply for admission?

We strongly encourage you to apply for admission online.  You will need to create an account and select a username and password.  You can also print out and complete the paper International Admission Application (PDF) or request a paper application by calling the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards at +1-800-277-7000.  There is a $45 application fee that must be paid before you can submit your application to the University.

2. What materials or documents do I need to send?

The following materials must be received in the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards before your application will be reviewed:

* As part of the application, all applicants are required to submit complete responses to a series of community standards questions in Item 24.  Applicants must satisfy the community standards portion of the application before the application file is reviewed or an admission decision made.  The community standards review process supports the University's goal of maintaining a safe learning community.

3. What standardized test should I take?

If your first language is English, you are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.  If your first language is not English, you must provide English language proficiency documentation through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language System (IELTS) Exam, or the ELS Centers Level 112 Certificate of Completion of English for Academic Purposes. The minimum score for admission on the TOEFL is 527 on the paper-based test (PBT), 197 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 71 on the Internet-based test (IBT).  The minimum score for admission on the IELTS exam is a 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.0.  International Transfer and Second Degree students who have taken two semesters of a parallel English course with a 3.0 average are not required to submit a TOEFL score.

4. Can I receive a conditional offer of admission if I don't meet the English proficiency     requirement?

The conditional offer of admission is contingent on fulfillment of CCU's English requirement and is valid for one year from the date of the conditional acceptance. Coastal Carolina University is pleased to partner with ELS Centers to enable students to complete English proficiency requirements through a new intensive English program with twelve proficiency levels delivered in a four week session.  The program will open on April 27, 2015.  Please email myr@els.edu or visit www.els.edu for more information about enrollment processes and conditions.

5. How do I submit my transcripts if I have attended an international university?

If you have previously attended a university outside of the United States, you must submit a professional course-by-course credential evaluation of all international university coursework completed through AACRAO International Education Services or from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.  Credit from foreign colleges/universities is reviewed by the International Programs Office in coordination with the dean of the student's major and the dean of the each course in review.

6. Am I eligible for scholarships or financial aid as an international student?

International students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, however are eligible for consideration of out-of-state merit-based scholarships.  Please review the list of merit-based scholarships available for international students, including requirements and award amounts on the financial aid and scholarships website.


After You've Applied


1. When will I get a decision?

Applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Students typically receive information about their admission status approximately three weeks after all materials are received in the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards (application, fee, transcripts, and test scores).

2. Whom should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions related to applying and enrolling, please contact Kenley Jones in the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards at internationaladmissions@coastal.edu, or +1-843-349-2521.  If you have questions about student visas, travel, employment, etc., please contact the Office of International Programs at internationalprograms@coastal.edu or +1-843-349-2684.  You can also find us on Facebook.


I'm Accepted!


1. Once I've been accepted, how do I receive my admissions packet and I-20?

Congratulations on your admission to Coastal Carolina University. If your mailing address where your admissions packet and I-20 to be sent to is outside of the United States, CCU offers you three options to receive your documents, including a safe, quick, and dependable express mailing service that will allow you to receive your documents through DHL or FedEx in three to five days. Please visit http://www.coastal.edu/international/students/sendingandreceivingdocuments/ to learn more and sign up today!

2. Once I've been accepted, how do I enroll?

First of all, welcome! We are excited that you will be joining us! Enrollment is quick and easy and you can do everything online.  Here are the main steps in the enrollment process but more detailed information is available in the Enrollment Guide you received with your acceptance letter.

3. What do I need to do to make sure my acceptance stays in effect?

After you have paid your enrollment deposit and reserved housing and Orientation, there are some additional steps you need to complete to ensure your enrollment stays in effect and to get ready for your first semester such as returning your immunization form, submitting your final transcript, etc.  Complete information and a detailed list of these steps is available online.

4. How do I obtain a student visa?

An I-20 immigration document, issued to degree-seeking students at the time of acceptance is the document that allows students to stay in the U.S. for the length of their academic program.  This form is taken to the American Consulate or Embassy in the student's home country for F-1 visa to be issued.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate makes the final decision of visa approval.  Additional information is available on the Office of International Programs and Services website.





After Applying

I'm Accepted!