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We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions by prospective students. If you don't see the question and answer you are looking for, please feel free to contact our office at 800-277-7000 or email admissions@coastal.edu.

General Information

Application Process

Housing/Student Life

General Information


1. What are Coastal Carolina University's most popular majors?

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees and minors, including specialized degree concentrations, through its five academic colleges.  The largest major in terms of headcount is business management.  Coastal Carolina University also has many students who pursue degrees in marine science, biology, marketing, psychology, communication, and education.  For more information on each major, go to the Academic Majors Web page.


2. What is the student/faculty ratio?

The current student/faculty ratio is 17:1.

3. How large are most freshman classes?

The average freshman class size is 27 students.  The average class size for upper division (junior and senior level) classes is 24.

4. What are Coastal Carolina University's colors and mascot?

Coastal Carolina University's colors are teal and bronze.  Our mascot is the Chanticleer, the quick and crafty rooster from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.

5. How close is the campus to the beach?

Coastal Carolina University is located approximately nine miles from Myrtle Beach, SC.  Our location provides students with many excellent internship and part-time employment opportunities.

6. Is the institution accredited?

Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.  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 Univesity 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).  Click here to view all of the academic accreditations and recognitions held by the University.  The PGA Golf Management program is endorsed by the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA).

7. What academic support services do you offer?

The Learning Assistance Center provides all students with assistance in achieving learning objectives, improving and expanding academic skills and eliminating academic deficiencies.  These services are provided at no additional cost to our students.  The LAC units are as follows:  the Foreign Language Instructional Center provides tutoring in foreign languages, reference materials and self-study excercises; the Mathematics Lab offers math tutoring and self-study resources; and the Writing Center offers tutoring and self-study resources.


8. Are placement tests required?

All new freshmen and transfer students who have not taken a college level math course are required to take the math placement test.  Please note that statistics is not considered a math course for placement purposes.  Students will receive information about the math placement test before their Orientation session.

New freshmen and transfer students are not required to take the foreign language placement test.  All students will still be required to complete a foreign language core course requirement before graduation, but they do not have to take the foreign language placement test prior to their Orientation session.

9. Do graduate assistants teach any courses?

All courses are taught by faculty.  Graduate students and select undergraduate students may assist on a limited basis with science labs.

10. What athletic division is Coastal Carolina University?

Coastal Carolina University competes in the NCAA Division I and is a founding member of the Big South Conference.  Chanticleer football competes at the NCAA Division I-FCS level.

11. Where are students from who attend Coastal Carolina University?

Approximately 50% of our students are from South Carolina.  Out-of-state students come from 44 other states.  The majority of our out-of-state students come from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  One percent of students are international students from 38 countries.


Application Process


1. How long will the application process take?

It normally takes approximately three weeks from the time a student submits a completed application to the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards (including official transcripts and standardized test scores) to receive an admission decision.  You can check your admission status by clicking on the link below.  Click the "Applicants" bar and then "Log In".  If you don't know your username and password, use the link to retrieve this information.  Once you are logged in, select "Application Status" from the "Applicants Menu".  You can then see if your materials have been received.  Please allow at least 10 days from the time you submitted your application to check your status.


2. How will I be notified of the decision on my application?

The decision will be mailed to the student's permanent address.  You can check your admission status by clicking on the link below.  Click the "Applicants" bar and then click "Log In".  If you don't know your username and password, use the link to retrieve this information.  Once you are logged in, select "Application Status" from the "Applicants Menu".  You can then see if your materials have been received.  Please allow at least 10 days from the time that you submitted your application to check your status.


3. Do you offer financial aid and scholarships?

Yes, we offer a variety of financial aid programs and scholarships.  In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form as soon as possible after January 1 of the academic year in which they plan to attend Coastal Carolina University and be accepted, degree-seeking students.  The priority date for applying for financial aid is March 1 but the University typically begins awarding financial aid in late February.  Additional information is available on the Financial Aid website.


4. Do you accept AP/CLEP/IB credit?

Yes, Coastal Carolina University accepts all of these for college credit.  In order to receive AP credit, a student must have received at least a three (3) on the AP exam.  To receive IB credit, a student must score at least a four (4) on the Higher Level exam.  To learn more about credit by examination, please go to the Credit By Examination page.


5. When can I visit the campus?

We offer tours daily, Monday-Friday (except holidays).  From September through April, tours depart from the Welcome Center at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  From May through August, tours depart at 9:30 a.m. only.  A number of Saturday visit programs are also offered during the fall and spring semesters.  For dates and additional program information, consult the Visit page on the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards website.


6. Are personal interviews required?

Interviews are optional; they are not required.

7. What is the average GPA and SAT/ACT range for new freshmen?

The middle 50% GPA range for new freshmen at Coastal Carolina University is 2.9 - 3.7.  The middle 50% SAT range is 910 - 1060 (critical reading and math only) and the middle 50% ACT range is 19 - 23.

8. When is the application deadline?

Priority consideration will be given to all applications received by December 1.  Students accepted by January 1 will also receive priority for academic merit scholarships.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

9. Can the application fee be waived?

We can waive the application fee for freshman applicants who are eligible for and obtain a SAT or ACT fee waiver from their guidance counselors.  The waiver form should be sent to the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards.

10. How do I know what classes will transfer?

Students wishing to view courses that transfer into Coastal Carolina University may visit www.sctrac.org and enter their school information to find current equivalencies.  School profile information, programs offered, and general transfer information may also be viewed on www.sctrac.org.  The database is updated as new information is obtained; please contact a counselor if you have additional questions.


11. What are the requirements for South Carolina residency?

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education establishes the regulations for determining in-state status.  For a list of these regulations, visit the State of South Carolina Website

Residency applications and the checklist of required supporting documentation can be found on the Coastal Carolina University Residency Forms page. 

Residency applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline date as listed on the Residency Applications Deadlines page.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  More information can be found on the Coastal Carolina University Residency website.

12. What are the eligibility requirements for the Academic Common Market?

You can view eligibility requirements and other detailed information by viewing the Academic Common Market page.



Housing/Student Life


1. Do you have on-campus housing?

Yes.  For Fall 2016, the University Housing program will serve approximately 4,700 undergraduate students in five different communities featuring apartment-style and traditional suite-style accommodations.  All residence halls are fully furnished and include Internet service.  More information on housing options is available on the University Housing website.


2. Are the residence halls coed?

Yes, our residence halls are coed.  Each room is single-sex within the same apartment or suite.

3. Is campus housing guaranteed?

Campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for all new and continuing students.  New students should complete their housing application/contract on-line.  No housing assignment will be made until the $100 enrollment deposit has been received by the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards.

4. Are there computer hookups in the residence halls?

Yes, all of our residence halls have computer access.  For all students living on campus, we offer unlimited Internet access via our on campus computer network.  Each room has been wired with a high speed 10BaseT Ethernet connection or has wireless Ethernet access.  More information about the campus network can be found on Coastal Carolina University's Student Technology website.


5. Are computers required?

At this time, only computer science and graphic design majors are required to have a computer.  More information is available on our student technology pages.


6. Can freshmen have cars on campus?

Yes, we allow our freshmen to have cars on campus.  The cost of a parking permit is $75 per academic year.

7. Can I request a specific roommate?

Students may request specific roommates and requests will be honored as much as possible; however, requests must be mutual and roommate preferences will take priority over building requests.

8. When do I find out my room assignment?

Students can look-up their housing assignments on the Internet several weeks before the start of classes.

9. Are students required to live on campus?

All first and second year students are required to live in residential communities operated by University Housing. National statistics show that college students who live on campus are more likely to complete their degree than those who live off campus, largely because they are more engaged in campus life and activities. Students graduated from high school more than two calendar years prior to enrolling in Coastal Carolina University or who live with a parent or a legal guardian within 50 miles of Coastal Carolina University's campus are automatically exempted from the housing requirement. The following exemptions may be granted if a student completes and submits an exemption request: married, has a dependent child or children, veteran or serves in the active military. More information on the policy and reasons for exemption are available on the University Policies website, http://www.coastal.edu/policies/.

10. What student organizations are on campus?

Coastal Carolina University has over 200 student organizations on campus.  A list of campus organizations is available on the Student Activities website.


11. How safe is the campus?

Our campus is remarkably safe and there is 24-hour police protection.  Crime reports are available through the Department of Public Safety website.


12. Is there public transportation?

Yes, our campus is a stop for Myrtle Beach city buses and taxis are also available.  There is also a campus shuttle that travels around the main campus to the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies and the Coastal Science Center, both located on Highway 501 in the Atlantic Center, and to the University Place campus residence complex.