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International Freshman Admissions Process

Freshman applicants to Coastal Carolina University are students who have completed the equivalent of 12 years or more of secondary school based on their country’s educational system and have never attended college since leaving high school.

Step 1: Complete Your CCU Application
      • A complete application
      • Payment of application fee
      • Official secondary school transcript(s)/certified English translations
      • Proof of English proficiency (if required)

Note::Because admission requirements are subject to change, applicants are considered for specific semesters only. If you do not complete your application for the original semester for which you applied, you must re-apply for the following semester, or subsequent semester of your choice. To request an application fee waiver, please contact

Step 2: Submit Secondary School Transcripts

Submit a request through your school requesting that official academic transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, diplomas or certificates, national standardized examination results, or other academic coursework be sent either electronically or via post to Coastal Carolina University. Official academic credentials MUST be submitted in the original language (s) of issue and with a certified official English translation for all documents not in English. If you need assistance translating your documents in English, we recommend using the American Translators Association to find a certified translator. 

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Step 3: Submit Official Test Scores

All applicants who did not graduate from an official native English-speaking country will be required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. International applicants whose native language is not English may be eligible for an exemption to this requirement. 

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Coastal Carolina University to be considered official. The institutional code for Coastal Carolina University for SAT and TOEFL is 5837 and the ACT is 3843. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination.

The Office of Admissions will use the highest test score from one test date. Photocopies or other duplication of scores are not acceptable. TOEFL/IELTS scores must not be more than two years old.

Learn more about submitting official test scores »