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Coastal Carolina University Quick Facts

bell tower with azaleasSTUDENT PROFILE

Total Enrollment: 9,478 students  (Fall 2013) 

• Undergraduate: 8,867 students    
          South Carolina residents: 52.7 percent
          South Carolina residents among first-time freshmen: 45.9 percent
          Out-of-state residents from 45 states: 45.6 percent
          International students from 55 countries: 1.7 percent
• Graduate: 611 students
          South Carolina residents: 76.8 percent
          Out-of-state residents from 23 states: 20.9 percent
          International students from 10 countries: 2.3 percent
• Female: 54.9 percent, Male: 45.1 percent
• Average SAT for first-time freshmen: 1,000
• Average high school GPA for first-time freshmen: 3.40
• Students to Faculty: 17:1



• Full-time teaching faculty: 383
• Faculty with doctoral, terminal degrees: 76 percent
• Full-time staff: 667
• Student staff: 990



‌Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 66 major fields of study.

The University also offers seven master's degree programs: the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies; Master of Arts in Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Learning and Teaching (M.Ed.), and the Master of Arts in Writing.

The University will begin offering its first doctoral program – the Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science – in Fall 2014.

The most popular undergraduate majors are Marine Science, Management, Exercise and Sport Science, Communication, and Biology.

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175x175The University comprises 101 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 in Litchfield and at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. A 1,062-acre tract that includes a portion of 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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Tuition  (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters)

• In-state residents: $9,680 per year
• Out-of-state residents: $22,630 per year

Housing, Meals (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters)

• $7,300 to $9,960 per year, based on options

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• Total operating budget: FY14 $182.8 million
• State appropriations: 4.99 percent of total budget

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• $498 million (annual economic impact on South Carolina)

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Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degree. 

The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Spadoni College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Coastal Carolina University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Department of Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The Nursing (Completion Program) is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as NLNAC. 

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NCAA Division I / Big South Conference

Women’s intercollegiate teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball

Men’s intercollegiate teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football (FCS), Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field

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‌The Chanticleer ­– a proud and fierce rooster – is the unique moniker for Coastal Carolina University’s mascot and athletics teams. The Chanticleer is derived from the crafty quick-thinking rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, specifically, The Nun's Priest Tale. 

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