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Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the Office of Admissions is committed to assisting you in this process.  We offer guided tours, special Saturday visitation programs and the chance to meet one-on-one with an Admissions counselor—it's all part of our personal touch.  Do not hesitate to contact any staff member with your Admissions questions and concerns at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 or admissions@coastal.edu.  Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Kenley Jones

Name:  Kenley Jones

Title:  Senior Associate Director of Admissions, International Students

Phone:  843-349-2521

Email:  kjones@coastal.edu

Territory:  International Students

Educational Background:  B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration

Why do you think students should pick Coastal? Coastal Carolina is the optimal size.  It is large enough to provide a large assortment of academic programs and ways for students to get involved, but small enough where the intimacy and personalization that is so important to the college experience is not lost.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Myrtle Beach/Conway area? Try the endless offerings of Hibachi restaurants in the area.  Myrtle Beach/Conway loves its Hibachi!

What is the #1 song on your IPOD? Home by Awa....it's all about Island Music!

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Derek Doss, class of 2008

Name:  Derek Doss

Title:  Associate Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-2022

Email:  dldoss@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry), Tennessee

Educational Background:  B.S. in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Higher Education

How has campus changed since you were a student? Coastal has changed in such an amazing way, since I graduated in 2008. The facilities that students have now can only make the student experience better. There are more clubs and organizations, campus recreation options, more athletics, and so much more. It's very exciting to watch Coastal change right in front of my eyes.

What is your favorite place on campus? Baseball & Softball fields. I've always loved the games of baseball and softball. I enjoy going to the games and supporting students pursuing their athletics and academic goals. There is nothing like spending a spring day at the ball field!

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator?

  1. Frank's Hot Sauce, it doesn't get much better!
  2. Martinelli's Apple Cider, best in all the land!
  3. Homemade Chicken Bog! If you don't know what it is, you will learn when you start at Coastal!
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Tasha Newcomb, class of 2008

Name:  Tasha Newcomb

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-2286

Email:  tasha@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Kershaw, Marion, Marlboro), - Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Educational Background:  B.A. in English

Why did you choose Coastal? I toured schools from Florida to North Carolina but immediately felt at home when I visited Coastal Carolina. I loved the location, my student tour guide was excited and energetic, and it was a place that I could see myself calling home.

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? I truly love meeting families and new students. Being able to make a difference in a student's college search is the best part of my day. As an alumna and Coastal staff member, I've been here for more than a decade and I love sharing my experiences, putting nerves at ease, and helping students transition to college.

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? If you are considering a common major such as management, psychology, communication, biology, etc. look beyond your major. Just about every college in America offers those degrees so ask yourself, "What else do I want in a college?" Consider class-room size, tuition costs, campus clubs and organization, leadership opportunities, location…anything that's important to you and try to find a school that meets those priorities.

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Rebecca Johnson

Name:  Rebecca Johnson

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-6450

Email:  rjohnso6@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda), Georgia, North Carolina

Educational Background:  B.A. in Psychology and M.B.A. in Business Administration

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? VISIT!  Brochures filled with campus photos are a great way to get an idea of what the campus environment might be like, but they will not give you the complete picture.  Visit the schools you are considering to find out if it is the right fit for you.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I'm new to the area.  But so far I have been very impressed with the friendliness of the community—from campus, to the grocery store, to the beach.  Everyone says "hi" with a smile.  They have made my family and I feel at home.

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator? Kale, granny smith apples and almond milk.  But let's be honest—I'll most likely be eating Mac & Cheese.

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Caitlin Jacobs

Name:  Caitlin Jacobs

Title:  Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

Phone:  843-349-6976

Email:  cjacobs2@coastal.edu

Territory:  Transfer Students and Second-Degree Seeking Students, Health Administration Completion and Nursing Completion majors, Re-Admitted Students, Non-Degree Seeking Students

Educational Background:  B.S. in Communication Studies and M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? Escape to Huntington Beach State park.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Black Widow from Marvel Comics

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? Meeting all kinds of people from various backgrounds and helping them go from where they are to where they want to be.

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Kelly Harer, class of 2011

Name:  Kelly Harer

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-2311

Email:  kkharer@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg), Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Educational Background:  B.S.B.A. in Management

What is your favorite memory at CCU? My favorite memory at CCU is having the opportunity to attend PowerShift—a conference dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues.  Over 10,000 students from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. to fight for clean energy; it was such an amazing experience to be part of such a large and powerful movement.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I love spending time on the Waccamaw River in Conway.  I love the tranquil black water, which is vastly different from what I'm used to seeing (I'm originally from Pennsylvania).  CCU makes it really easy, since I am able to rent kayaks and paddleboards directly from the school. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? The Doctor (Doctor Who). He has the ability to travel through time and space, is incredibly intelligent, knows what to do in every situation, and fights for justice.  Sounds great to me!


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Thomas Maxey, class of 2012

Name:  Thomas Maxey

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-2024

Email:  tvmaxey@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, Williamsburg), Connecticut, District of Columbia, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas

Educational Background:  B.S.B.A. in Marketing

How has campus changed since you were a student? Since I transferred to Coastal in 2009, the campus has grown tremendously. I believe there have been around 10-12 additional building and/or renovations that have significantly improved the campus. It is exciting to be at a campus that is growing.

What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is Prince Lawn. This area is so beautiful and I almost always run into a friend there. Furthermore, there are usually several events that take place here that make it more enjoyable.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? My favorite thing to do in Myrtle Beach is by far going to the beach with friends. To me, there is nothing I would rather do than spend a day with friends at the beach and relaxing.

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Lyle Morris

Name:  Lyle Morris

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-6926

Email:  lmorris@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties:  Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Lexington, Richland, Spartanburg, Union, York), Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania

Educational Background:  B.S. in Biology

What is your favorite memory at CCU? My favorite memory at CCU so far is attending the basketball home opener vs. Ole Miss and getting rowdy with 3,600 other Chants.

What do you like most about CCU's location? I can easily access a number of championship golf courses and the beach. You can't beat that!

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod? Without a doubt, it is "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley.

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Amanda Craddock

Name:  Amanda Craddock

Title:  Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-2504

Educational Background:  B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Administration, Supervision, and Leadership

What is something that prospective students may not know about Coastal? CCU is the fastest growing public university in South Carolina.  In addition to student growth, we are changing the landscape of the campus with the construction of new buildings.  Since 2011, we have opened the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center, the Bryan Information Commons, Brittain and Swain Halls.  Construction is currently underway on a second new science building, new residence halls, and an expansion and renovation of the student union.  These improvements will benefit both new and future students.  Plus Coastal has also been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges Buys" making us a great value for the quality of education we offer.

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? The students! The college application process can be such an exciting time and I enjoy working with students to help them find a school that is the best fit for them.  It is an honor to work with all students to make attending college a reality.  I can't imagine having a different career that would be as rewarding. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? It would be a toss-up between Jo March from Little Women and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.  Both are characters from my two favorite books.  

    For students in territories not listed above, please contact the Office of Admissions at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 to speak with an Admissions counselor.