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 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 3.0 - 3.7. The middle 50% SAT range is 1020 - 1170 (math and evidence-based reading and writing only) and the middle 50% ACT range is 20 - 24.
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.