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Progress, Accomplishments

Coastal Carolina University Progress, Accomplishments, Fall 2011

The following information and accomplishments from the 2010-2011 year reflect the positive growth and development of Coastal Carolina University. While final enrollment and employment data are not yet available for Fall 2011, the Fall 2010 data provide a snapshot of the dramatic changes that have occurred.

Academic Expansion

Reflecting the growing breadth of the academic program, there are now 55 baccalaureate areas of study, including Nursing (BSN completion program); and Health Administration, the University's first completely on-line degree program to begin in Fall 2011. Of the undergraduate degree programs, the highest enrollments are in the following (in rank order): Management, Marine Science, Biology, Communication, Psychology, Marketing, and Exercise and Sport Science. Since 2007-2008, the University has added 19 new baccalaureate degree programs. The University also offers seven master's degree programs in the areas of Business Administration (MBA), Accountancy (MAcc), Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies, Education, and Writing. Four of the graduate programs have been added since 2007.


The University continues a steady path of enrollment growth. Early indicators show that the Fall 2011 enrollment may increase approximately 4 percent. The chart below provides a snapshot of the University's enrollment changes from Fall 2007 to Fall 2010.


Fall 2007

Fall 2010


Fall 2011

Undergraduate Headcount





    New Freshmen





    New Transfers





    Students age 25 and above





Graduate Headcount





TOTAL Headcount




est. 9,000

Degrees Conferred

The number of degrees conferred continues to grow; in the past academic year 1,499 degrees were awarded (1,379 undergraduate, 120 graduate), representing an increase of 118 degrees from the previous year. Since the 2007-2008 academic year the number of degrees awarded has risen 29 percent while the headcount enrollment through the same period has increased 10.6 percent.

Faculty/Staff Growth

In Fall 2010 the University employed 367 full-time faculty, an increase of 9.6 percent from Fall 2009; the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. In Fall 2010 the University employed 652 full-time staff reflecting a 16 percent increase in four years, matching the percentage increase in undergraduate student enrollment for the same period.

National Rankings

For the second consecutive year, the University has been named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" from the more than 1,000 colleges and universities surveyed for the designation. Also, for the third consecutive year the University has been ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation's four-year undergraduate institutions in Forbus' "America's Best Colleges 2010. A quality education at a reasonable price is by any definition "value-added."

Veteran-Friendly University

The University continues to achieve increasing acclaim for its outreach to veteran students and community with the recent designation as a "Military-Friendly School for 2011" by G.I. Jobs magazine and one of the "2010 Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities Honorees" by Military Advanced Education, a journal of higher learning for service members.

Fulbright Scholars

In 2010-2011, two faculty members were selected as Fulbright Scholars. With the addition of the two recent scholars, more than 20 faculty members have earned prestigious Fulbright awards.

Elect Her - Campus Women Win

Coastal Carolina University was selected as one of 11 new sites for Elect Her - Campus Women Win, a national training program that encourages young women to run for student government positions and other elected positions after graduation. In addition to the University, new campus sites for 2011 included: Catholic University, Duke University, University of Alabama, and University of Cincinnati, among others.

Student Volunteer Services

During the past year 3,682 students volunteered for a total of 13,200 hours of service with more than 40 community non-profit organizations.

Student-led Relay for Life

The student-organized Relay for Life crossed the finish line with some big numbers for a great cause. A total of 69 teams comprising 1,021 participants raised nearly $125,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Adkins Field House LEED Certification

The University's Adkins Field House, which opened in Summer 2010, earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is the University's first LEED project.

Campus Master Plan

A new comprehensive Campus Master Plan, completed by the noted Watertown, Mass., firm Sasaki Associates, provides a blueprint for the University to reach an enrollment of 12,500 students by 2020. The plan emphasizes the use of open, natural spaces and calls for pedestrian pathways, and critically needed student housing and student life spaces. The campus encompasses 69 main buildings on 632 acres.

Construction Projects

More than $150 million in major construction projects in various phases are under way on campus, marking the University's most ambitious building schedule in its 57-year history. The building campaign includes a student recreation and convocation center, expected to open in early 2012, and three major academic buildings: Bryan Information Commons will expand Kimbel Library, which opened in 1977 to serve 1,700 students; the Swain Science Center will be an annex to the current science building, which was constructed in 1982 to serve 2,000 students; and an academic/classroom building.

Lackey Chapel

Lackey Chapel, constructed entirely from private gifts, was officially dedicated in 2011. The interdenominational chapel is available to student organizations and groups with spiritual focus. The student organization Coastal Carolina Catholics hosted the first mass in the chapel, which was celebrated by the bishop of the Diocese of Charleston.

Horry County Tax Support

In 2008, Horry County voters approved a penny sales tax to support capital projects for Horry County School District, Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) and Coastal Carolina University. Through June 2011 the tax has generated $14.6 million for University construction projects.

Partnership with Horry County Schools

The University is in discussion with the Horry County school district to provide land on campus for the school district to fund and build a facility to house approximately 200 high school students enrolled in The Scholars Academy. Since 2003, the University has hosted the Scholars Academy. Graduates of the Scholars Academy may earn as much as two years of college course credits.