About the CEaL Program

The Coastal Excellence and Leadership (CEaL) program is an academic and leadership program that grants conditional admission to some students who fall just below Coastal Carolina University's admission requirements. Admission into the CEaL program is by invitation only to a select group of students who have demonstrated academic potential through hard work in their high school classroom and leadership skills on their campus and local community. Students in the CEaL program participate in academic coaching, leadership programs, academic skill development workshops, career exploration and Coastal Carolina University special programs. The CEaL program provides students additional support through student peer leaders as they transition to campus life, with the added benefit of targeted contact with CCU faculty and staff members to discuss their academic and professional goals.


  • Early arrival to campus to participate in CEaL Welcome programming,
  • Enrollment in a Fall CSSC designed, UNIV-110 First-Year Experience course (CCU graduation requirement),
  • Peer Leader lead study hall for additional academic support,
  • Personalized Success Team to include a student Peer Leader, Academic Coaching Specialist, and Academic Advisor,
  • Personalized student Peer Leader for student-to-student support and guidance,
  • Personalized professional Academic Coaching Specialist for academic support,
  • Personalized professional Academic Advisor for first-year advising and enrollment,
  • Participation in academic skill development workshops, leadership programming, campus and community service projects, major and career exploration and unique campus and social engagement events,
  • Cool CCU swag, and  
  • Academic support to assist in earning an invitation into The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, the nation’s largest leadership honor society