General Information - Coastal Carolina University
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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 marine science. Coastal Carolina University also has many students who pursue degrees in business management, exercise and sport science, communication, marketing, biology and psychology. For more information on each major, visit the academic majors web page:

2. What is the student/faculty ratio?

The current student/faculty ratio is 16:1.

3. How large are most freshman classes?

The average freshman class size is 25 students. The average class size for upper division (junior and senior level) classes is 21.

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, S.C. 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is approved by the South Carolina Department of Education. Coastal Carolina University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, The information systems program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, The information technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of 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 exercises; the Mathematics Lab offers math tutoring and self-study resources; and the Writing Center offers tutoring and self-study resources.

8. 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.

9. What athletic division is Coastal Carolina University?

Coastal Carolina University competes in the NCAA Division I and is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Chanticleer football competes at the NCAA Division I-FBS level.

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

Approximately half of our students are from South Carolina. Out-of-state students come from 48 other states. The majority of our out-of-state students come from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Almost 2 percent of undergraduate students are from 52 countries.