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Quick facts about CCU

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic public institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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(All data is from Fall 2017 unless otherwise noted.)

About CCU Students

Total Enrollment: 10,663 students

  •  South Carolina residents: 51 percent
  •  Out-of-state residents from 48 states: 47 percent
  •  International students from 70 countries: 2 percent
  •  Student to faculty ratio: 16:1

  Undergraduate students: 9,898 
  •  South Carolina residents among first-time freshmen: 44.4 percent
  •  Average SAT for first-time freshmen: 1,098 (national average: 1,060)
  •  Average ACT for first-time freshmen: 22 (national average: 21)
  •  Average high school GPA for first-time freshmen: 3.58
  •  Students: 54 percent female, 46 percent male

  Graduate students: 765

About CCU Faculty and Staff

Full-time faculty with faculty rank: 472  |  Faculty with doctoral/terminal degrees: 79 percent
Full-time staff: 733
Student staff: 1,392 ‌(includes undergraduate positions and graduate assistantships)

About CCU Academic Programs*

‌Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 73 major fields of study. Among CCU's graduate-level programs are 22 master's degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, and communication. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

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About the CCU Campus

‌The University comprises 115 main buildings on 633 acres, including the Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, located 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 at the Myrtle Beach Education Center, and in Litchfield and Georgetown. A 1,105-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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About CCU Tuition and Fees

Total Undergraduate Tuition, Housing/Meals *
•  South Carolina residents: $21,156 per year
•  Out-of-state residents: $36,268 per year    
Undergraduate Tuition 

•  South Carolina residents: $11,536 per year
•  Out-of-state residents: $26,648 per year  

* Total costs for 2018-2019 include meal plan, approximate median rate for double occupancy Grand Strand or Sandhills residence halls, 2-4 bedroom appartment. Tuition includes Fall and Spring semesters based on full-time undergraduate enrollment (12-18 credit hours) and required technology fee; additional course fees may apply.  View all costs »

About CCU Accreditations

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

‌About CCU Budget

Total funds/operating budget: FY17 $200,468,521
State appropriations (recurring): 5.88 percent of operating budget‌‌‌

About CCU Economic Impact

$565.8 million (annual economic impact on South Carolina in 2016)

About Penny Sales Tax

Since its inception in 2009, the Penny Sales Tax has generated more than $77.2 million (through March 2018) for construction projects and facilities at CCU.

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NCAA Division I / Sun Belt Conference

* Competes as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference

Women’s teams: basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, lacrosse *, soccer, softball, tennis, outdoor track and field, volleyball
Men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football (FBS), golf, soccer, tennis, outdoor track and field
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The Chanticleer

The Chanticleer ­– a proud and fierce rooster – is the unique moniker/mascot 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." Learn more about CCU's Chanticleer »