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Thank you for choosing Coastal Carolina University!

We welcome your application for admission and look forward to assisting you throughout the admission process.  Below is more information about admission and enrollment and the services we offer to help you complete your application and make a successful transition to the University.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-277-7000, e-mail admissions@coastal.edu, or find us on Facebook.

Freshman Admission Requirements


1. What do we look for in applicants?

A freshman applicant is a person who has not attended a regionally accredited college or university beyond high school.  If you have taken college classes while still enrolled in high school, you are still considered a freshman.

Freshman admission is based on overall performance in high school courses, grades in the 19 core courses that are required for admission and SAT and/or ACT scores (only the critical reading and math sections of the SAT are considered in the admission process).  If you take a test more than once, your best score will be considered.  The following high school courses are required for admission:

    • 4 units of English
    • 4 units of math (includes Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and a higher level math course)
    • 3 units of laboratory science (for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite)
    • 2 units of the same foreign language
    • 3 units of social science (U.S. history is required; 1/2 unit of economics and 1/2 unit of government is required of all South Carolina high school graduates)
    • 1 unit of fine arts
    • 1 elective (must be a college preparatory class)
    • 1 unit of PE or ROTC

2. What are the deadlines?

    • Priority deadline for applications:  December 1.
    • After December 1, applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis.
    • Priority deadline for scholarships:  acceptance by January 1.

3. What is the freshman class profile for fall 2015?

    • More than 16,000 applications for 2,400 spots.
    • 65% of applicants were offered admission.
    • Middle 50% GPA range:  3.0 - 3.7
    • Middle 50% SAT range (critical reading and math only):  930 - 1070
    • Middle 50% ACT range:  20 - 23

Applying for Admission


1. How do I apply for admission?

We strongly encourage you to apply for admission online.  You will need to create an account and select a username and password.  Make sure you keep this information so you can check the status of your application.  You can also print out and complete the paper Undergraduate Admissions Application (PDF) or request a paper application by calling the Office of Admissions at 800-277-7000.

There is a non-refundable $45 application fee that must be paid before you can submit your application to the University.  Freshman applicants with financial need may request an application fee waiver by submitting the same form used to request a fee waiver for the SAT or ACT (this form can be obtained from your high school guidance counselor).

2. What materials or documents do I need to send?

The following materials must be received in the Office of Admissions before your application will be reviewed:

    • Completed application for undergraduate admission.*
    • Application fee ($45).
    • Official high school transcript.
    • SAT or ACT scores.
    • If you have taken college courses while in high school, please send an official college transcript.

Although not required, you are welcome to submit additional materials to be considered as part of your application such as letters of recommendation or personal statements.

* As part of the application, all applicants are required to submit complete responses to a series of community standards questions.  Applicants must satisfy the community standards portion of the application before the application file is reviewed or an admission decision made.  The community standards review process supports the University's goal of maintaining a safe learning community.

After You've Applied


1. When will I get a decision?

Applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Students typically receive information about their admission status approximately three weeks after all materials are received in the Office of Admissions (application, fee, transcripts, and test scores).

2. How do I check the status of my application?

Once you have applied, you can check the status of your application online and see what materials you may be missing.  A few days after submitting your application you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions and Merit Awards with instructions to set up your WebAdvisor password. Set up your password and log into WebAdvisor. Go to the Applicants menu and then choose "Application Status" under "Admission Information".  Please allow 10 days from the time you submitted your application to inquire about your application status.

3. Whom should I contact if I have questions?

You have a personal admission counselor who is available to assist with questions related to applying and enrolling.  To locate your counselor, go to the Meet Your Counselor page.  You can also call 800-277-7000, e-mail admissions@coastal.edu, or find us on Facebook.


I'm Accepted!


1. Once I've been accepted, how do I enroll?

First of all, welcome! We are excited that you will be joining us! Enrollment is quick and easy and you can do everything online.  Here are the main steps in the enrollment process but more detailed information is available in the Enrollment Guide‌ you received with your acceptance letter:

2. What do I need to do to make sure my acceptance stays in effect?

After you have paid your enrollment deposit and reserved housing and Orientation, there are some additional steps you need to complete to ensure your enrollment stays in effect and to get ready for your first semester such as returning your immunization form, taking the placement tests, submitting your final transcript, etc.  Complete information and a detailed list of these steps is available online.

3. How is my residency status determined for tuition and fee purposes?

The initial determination of your South Carolina residency for tuition and fee purposes is made at the time of your admission to the University and is conveyed in your acceptance letter.  Additional proof will be required if your status is deemed "uncertain".  For residency regulations, visit the State of South Carolina Website.  You can also view and download residency forms on our South Carolina Residency web page.

4. What are the important dates and deadlines?

There are a number of key dates and deadlines you need to be aware of in relation to the enrollment process.  Visit the Web regularly for the latest updates related to tuition payment, the start of classes, Orientation sessions, etc.


    • Complete your application by the December 1 priority deadline.
    • The University typically begins awarding scholarships in late December.


    • The priority deadline for academic merit awards is acceptance by January 1.


    • Make sure your FAFSA is completed.  The University typically begins awarding financial aid in late February.
    • Summer Orientation information is typically mailed in February.  Sessions fill early and Orientation is required for all new freshman and transfer students.


    • The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1.
    • March 1 is also the deadline for applying for an institutional scholarship.



    • Make sure you have completed your housing application and registered for Orientation.


    • Bills will be available online for students who have already attended Orientation.  Student Accounts offers information about payment deadlines.
    • Housing assignments will be available online a few weeks before the start of classes.


5. Steps to Defer Your Admission

To defer your admission, click the following link and follow the instructions to complete, print, and send the form.

Request for Deferred Admission

Enrollment Timeline
Dec 1
Priority Admission Deadline
Jan 1
Scholarship Priority Deadline
Mar 1
Priority Deadline for Financial Aid
Mar 1
Deadline for Academic Merit and Institutional Scholarships
May 1
Enrollment Deposits Due for Freshmen
Jun 1
Transfer Scholarship Deadline


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