For the fourth consecutive year, Coastal Carolina University has been named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys." More than 1,020 colleges and universities were surveyed for the designation, which is presented annually by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc.
To be considered for the award, colleges and universities must be accredited, four-year institutions granting bachelor's degrees and meet the following criteria:
* offer full residential facilities including dining services
* report a high school grade point average (GPA) and/or SAT or ACT score for entering freshmen that is equal to or above the national average
* have an out-of-state cost of attendance that does not exceed the national average cost attendance by more than 10 percent
Recently, CCU also received a favorable ranking in U.S. News and World Report's annual survey and was included in the "America's Best Colleges" survey conducted annually by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
"The consistency with which Coastal Carolina University has been included in this and other national rankings indicates the overall strength of our institution," said University President David A. DeCenzo. "Our students receive a quality education at a reasonable cost."
Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. is an independent research and consulting organization that specializes in the recruitment and retention of students for institutions of higher education. The firm annually identifies the American colleges and universities that provide students with the best opportunities in higher education. The "America's 100 Best College Buys" survey has been conducted for 20 years.