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Freshman Application Process

How do I apply for admission as a freshman?

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 and Merit Awards 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 emailing admissions@coastal.edu.

What materials or documents do I need to send?

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

  • Completed application for undergraduate admission.*
  • Application fee ($45).
  • Official high school transcript.
  • Official entrance examination scores ** on the SAT or ACT (applicants 22 years of age or older are not required to submit SAT or ACT examination scores).
  • If you have taken college courses while in high school, please send an official college transcript.

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

** To be considered official, the standardized test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency (College Board or ACT). Test scores sent from the high school or from the student are not considered official and will not be used to complete the application file.

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. Please email these materials to admissions@coastal.edu. Please include your full name and address with the email so we can match the additional materials to your application.

 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 and Merit Awards (application, fee, transcripts, and test scores).

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.  Five to 10 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.

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 Admissions Counselor page.  You can also call 800-277-7000, e-mail admissions@coastal.edu, or find us on Facebook.