Colleges, university, and programs assure quality to the students and public through the accreditation process. Holding an accredited status informs the public that an institution or program meets the minimal standards in areas such as faculty, curriculum, student services, and libraries. Accreditation also ensures that the institution is fiscally responsible and stable.
Organizations that are responsible for accreditation have a cycle in which institutions must operate. Being accredited means that institutions and programs must first be initially accredited and then follow a periodic review cycle to continue accreditation. Accreditation is not indefinite.
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.
In cases where accreditation is not available, some subject and content areas are officially recognized by various specialized professional associations.