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Freshman Admission Requirements

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, email, or find us on Facebook.

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 (evidence-based reading and writing plus math) and/or ACT scores.  If you take a test more than once, we will consider your best score.  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

What are the deadlines?

  • Priority deadline for applications:  Dec. 1.
  • After Dec. 1, we will continue to review applications on a rolling basis.
  • Priority deadline for merit award and scholarship consideration:  acceptance by Jan. 1.

What is the freshman class profile?

  • 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 (evidence-based reading and writing plus math):  1010 - 1140
  • Middle 50% ACT range:  20 - 23

 How Do I Apply?

 Coastal Carolina University is my home away from home.
 Grace S., Early Childhood Education major