Points of Pride - Coastal Carolina University
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CCU Points of Pride


U.S. News & World Report

Coastal Carolina University placed on seven U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2021, including No. 6 in Best Value Schools (South). The Best Value category calculation takes into account the school’s academic quality and net cost of attendance. This is the fourth consecutive year CCU has been ranked in the top six on this list.

Of the 56 Southern universities in the Best Value category, the No. 6 ranking places CCU ahead of other state institutions such as The Citadel (11th), Anderson University (26th), Winthrop University (41st), and the College of Charleston (53rd). Coastal has earned high rankings in the Best Value category consistently for the past nine years.

Coastal Carolina was also ranked on the following lists (South):

  • No. 45 in Regional Universities (tie).
  • No. 14 in Most Innovative Schools (tie).
  • No. 15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie).
  • No. 19 in Top Public Schools (tie).
  • No. 27 in Best Colleges for Veterans.
  • No. 70 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie).

America's Best College Buys

Americas 100 Best College Buys

Eleventh consecutive year on America's 100 Best College Buys by the independent consulting firm Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc.

Forbes America’s Top Colleges

Forbes Americas 2015 Top Colleges ‌‌

CCU was recognized by Forbes as one of America's Top Colleges for 2015.

Military Friendly School

Military Friendly School 2019‌‌

Eighth consecutive year on Military Friendly School list.

2018 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges

2018 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges.

Purple Heart University

CCU was designated a Purple Heart University in 2017 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction Badge

CCU is a College of Distinction.


Economic Impact

Highlights from "The Economic Impact of Coastal Carolina University on the South Carolina and Grand Strand Economies" in 2016 include the following:

$565.8 million annual economic impact on South Carolina.

$198.7 million in labor income.

3,914 full- and part-time jobs.

By the Numbers

  • The Wall College of Business is AACSB-accredited, an achievement held by less than 5 percent of business schools.
  • CCU’s new Coastal Excellence and Leadership (CEaL) program takes an innovative and pioneering approach to the admissions process and proven to position incoming freshmen for success.
  • CCU is one of 12 organizations in the Carolinas working together to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy in the Southeast.

CCU Growth

  • 19th fastest growing public master's degree university in the nation (2002-2010: 56.1 percent growth) – Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • $300 million building campaign.

Enrollment Growth

  • Fall 2017: 10,663 students (in last decade, enrollment has grown 35.5 percent).
  • Fall 1993: 4,453 students (year Coastal became an independent, state-supported university).
  • Fall 1974: 1,396 students (first baccalaureate degrees awarded in 1974).