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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards 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  Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Amanda Craddock

Title:  Assistant Provost, Admissions & Merit Awards

Phone:  843-349-2979

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.

Derek DossDerek Doss, CCU class of 2008

Title:  Associate Director of Admissions

Phone:  843-349-2022


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!

Caitlin Jacobs

Title:  Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

Phone:  843-349-6976


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.

Carolyn Bodmer

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-6521


Educational Background:  B.A. Communication and M.A. Criminal Justice, Homeland Security

What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? Definitely think about your learning style! Are you more comfortable with small classes or large classes? Does the college or university offer one-on-one time with your professor? College will be your home away from home for the next four years, so make sure you are comfortable and that you are in an environment where you can thrive. CCU offers our students endless opportunities for growth and personal success.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I am a huge runner, so I love that there are great trails and routes for training. Not many people can say they get to run along rows of palm trees or with the picturesque view of the ocean, but I do! With the outstanding weather year long, the outdoors is the place to be!

What is your favorite part of working in Admissions? The people! I get to meet prospective students and their families from all over the country and no two conversations are ever the same. It is a great feeling to share all of the amazing things Coastal Carolina University can offer students, to ease their nerves about college life and to get them on the path to higher education.

Darren CostaDarren Costa

Title:  Admissions Counselor, Veterans Recruitment

Phone:  843-349-2216


Educational Background:  B.S. in Criminal Justice

What is your favorite part of working in admissions? Getting to meet and work with our veterans and military service members. Coastal truly is a military friendly school, and I love that we offer exciting and comprehensive programs like our Intelligence and National Security Studies program and our new minor in Military Science. We have a great veteran services team here, and the most rewarding part of my job is being able to help veterans learn more about Coastal Carolina and make the transition to college a little bit easier.

What is your favorite thing to do in Conway/Myrtle Beach? Play golf at one of the many beautiful courses in the Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach area. There’s nearly 100 to choose from here in the “Golf Capital of the World” with every course offering something different.

What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator? BBQ sauce, steak and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

‌International Students

Phone:  843-349-2521


For questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 to speak with an Admissions counselor.