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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 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).

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.

 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).

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.

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.