CCU Points of Pride
U.S. News & World Report
Coastal Carolina University achieved high marks in the US News and World Report College Rankings for 2020. For the third consecutive year, CCU was listed number two among Best Value Schools for Regional Universities in the South. In all, Coastal made the rankings in seven different categories.
- 41st in the Best Regional Universities (South) category (2020 edition).
- Second among Southern regional universities in the Best Value category (2018 edition).
- 19th (tied) in the Top Public Schools category (2018 edition).
- 25th in Best Colleges for Veterans category (2020 edition).
- MBA program tops U.S. News Short List for its 100 percent job placement rate.
- 10th in the Best Undergraduate Teaching category (2020 edition).
America's 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
Military Friendly School
Eighth consecutive year on Military Friendly School list.
2018 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges.
CCU was designated a Purple Heart University in 2017 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Colleges of Distinction
CCU is a College of Distinction.
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.
- 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.
- 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).