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Coastal Carolina University is one of the fastest-growing universities in the South. Located in Conway, South Carolina, nine miles from Myrtle Beach, Coastal offers 73 undergraduate degrees, 23 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and two doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science, and the Ph.D. in education (beginning Spring 2019). With total enrollment of approximately 10,600, of which more than 200 are international students, and a walkable campus, Coastal students enjoy small classes, an engaged faculty, outstanding research and experiential learning opportunities, and a family atmosphere all while living on the East Coast near many of the most famous locations in the United States. 

Students at Coastal can experience world-class research opportunities while enjoying one-to-one interaction with nationally recognized faculty. Despite dynamic growth, Coastal has maintained an average 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio making classes small enough for professors to get to know each student, foster success, and prepare students for life after graduation. Experiential learning enhances classroom work with research and internship opportunities, both in the United States and around the world, preparing graduates to enter the workforce and meet their career goals with the real-world understanding employers desire. 

Get to know Coastal, and you will get to know the possiblities.

A Coastal Carolina University education is valuable. For eight consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Coastal in the top 10 among all schools in the South in the Best Value Category. Coastal Carolina has been recognized as one of America’s Best College Buys for the past seven years, as determined by the independent consulting firm Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc.

Students can earn an undergraduate degree in three years in the Degree in Three program, and have the option to add a master’s degree in the Get More in Four program. These accelerated degree programs reduce the amount of time it takes for a student to earn a degree as opposed to traditional college programs. 

Nearly half of Coastal's students come from outside South Carolina, and 2 percent of the student body is international encouarging student growth academically and socially as part of a vibrant university community. The Office of Student Life offers programming and activities for students, no matter what their interests are, through departments like Multicultural Students Services, student media, fraternities and sororities, leadership and civic engagement, and more. And if there isn’t a club or organization for you on campus already when you get here, Coastal gives you the freedom to start your own!

Explore our five academic colleges and see exactly what Coastal has to offer.‌

Coastal Carolina University works with approved agents. For more information on how to become an official partner, click the link to international recruitment agents for details.

International Students Arrive on Campus

For the final Orientation session of the year at Coastal Carolina University about a third of the students were from outside of the U.S. It's representative of the fact that CCU has a large population of international students, which adds a richness to the campus experience.