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Frequently Asked CEaL Program Questions

Why was I admitted into the CEaL program?

CEaL was established to provide comprehensive academic support to offer capable students who otherwise may not be able to attend due to their standardized test scores another opportunity to become fully admitted to CCU. Students are admitted without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability or faith.

How do I set up my WebAdvisor student portal account?

STEP 1 – Email admissions@coastal.edu to get your WebAdvisor link if you did not set it up when you received your original email from CCU Admissions. 

STEP 2 - Please write down your username because it will disappear after a few minutes for security.

STEP 3 – Write your security question (any question with a one-word answer) and click submit.

STEP 4 – Enter a password.

STEP 5 - Use your username and password to access WebAdvisor. Here's how:

  • Go to http://webadvisor.coastal.edu.
  • Click on the LOG IN tab at the top and enter your WebAdvisor username@coastal.edu email. For example, if your username is janedoe, you will log in with janedoe@coastal.edu 
  • To check your admission status or financial aid award:
    • Select "Applicants" menu.
    • Select "Application Status" under "Admission Information" OR
    • Select "Financial aid award letter" under "Financial Aid Information."

What are the requirements to be admitted into Coastal from the CEaL program?

You must earn a minimum term GPA of 2.0 by the end of the fall semester. CEaL students earning a term GPA below 2.0 will result in their MANDATORY participation in the Student Opportunity for Academic Recovery (SOAR) program during the spring semester. The SOAR program requires that students are enrolled in the ACED-101 Academic Strategy Development course, in which they must earn a grade of "S" Satisfactory and attend a minimum of four academic coaching appointments with an assigned Academic Coaching Specialist.  

What is the ACED-101 Academic Strategy Development course?

This action-orientated, skill based course is designed to assist students in developing a better understanding of their individualized academic and personal areas of strength and challenge and develop the skills and strategies necessary to improve their academic and personal performance. Critical skill development covered in this course include, but are not limited to, course assessment, reflection and self-regulation.

How do I know which courses to take in the fall?

Students will be automatically enrolled in two cohorted courses that include an English and UNIV-110 First-Year Experience course. They will then work with their academic advisor to enroll in the remainder of their courses. During the early week on campus (Aug.10-14), students will be enrolled in a one-credit UNIV-101 University Transition course. 

Which English course will I be enrolled in for the fall?

  • If you do not transfer in any English courses from AP, IB, Dual Enrollment or other form of transfer English credit to equate to ENGL-101, you will be enrolled in ENGL-101 - Composition.
  • If you transfer in ENGL-101 equivalent credit, you will be enrolled in ENGL-102- Composition and Critical Reading.
  • If you transfer in both ENGL-101 and ENGL-102 equivalent credits, you will be enrolled in ENGL-103 - Rhetoric and Argumentation

What is the UNIV-110 First-Year Experience course?

This course is designed to enhance the satisfaction and success of first year students. The course focuses on developing critical and creative thinking, information literacy skills, improving written and oral communication skills, setting personal and academic goals, developing structured and consistent study habits, practicing effective time management, and becoming contributing members of the Coastal community. This course is a university graduation requirement and must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. 

What will I do during the early week (August 10-14) on campus?

You will participate in CEaL classroom, campus and virtual activities and programs to prepare you for college life at Coastal Carolina University. This will be a time to meet Academic Coaches, Peer Leaders and other campus leadership and partners. You will also be introduced to academic skill and strategy-focused programming designed to support you in managing college-level coursework during your first year at Coasgtal. You will also focus on setting personal and academic goals, understanding strategic study habits and effective time management strategies, and becoming contributing members of the Coastal community.  

If I had an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 Plan in high school, what do I do in college?

Connect with Accessibility and Disability Services! CEaL students with disabilities and medical conditions are encouraged to connect with Accessibility and Disability Services  to request academic, housing, and dining accommodations. The following are just a few of academic accommodations: extended testing time, distraction-reduced testing environment, audio textbooks, and audio recording classes. All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and ADS staff will meet with you to discuss accommodations. 

Click on the following link Connect with ADS through Accommodate to request accommodations. 

When do I move in?

Move-in is August 9th. University Housing will send out an email with times.

Am I required to live in campus housing in order to participate in the CEaL program?

All CEaL students are required to live on campus, unless you are living with a parent/legal guardian within 50 miles of CCU and that is the address on file with the Office of Admissions, you are required to live on campus. There are many benefits to living on campus: you are closer to the action, getting to classes is easy, meals are prepared for you and the library is open 24/7.

Do I have to live and room with other CEaL students?

YES! The CEaL Program has a living, learning community component. All CEaL students are required to room together. When selecting your roommate during the housing application, you will have access to other CEaL students in order to contact them. If you have questions, contact University Housing at (843) 349-6400.

However, all CEaL students do not live on the same floor, hallway or wing, but do reside within the same residence hall together and with other CCU students. Because CEaL students are cohorted together in their English and UNIV-110 classes and participate in programming specifically designed for them, we have found it works best when they room together and share similar schedules and experiences.  

What will I do during the week of Aug. 10-14?

During that week, you will get an early start by meeting CCU faculty, staff and Peer Leaders. You will be enrolled in the UNIV-101 course, attend academic coaching sessions, leadership programs, Coastal Carolina special programming and fun and exciting night programming in order to engage and meet new students and hopefully, make life long friends.

How do I register for New Student Orientation?

  • All incoming CCU students must complete some form of orientation.
  • Click the link for Online Orientation. Online Orientation has been designed specifically for you to get a better understanding of Coastal Carolina University and our services.  
  • Contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at (843) 349-2027 with any questions.  

Do I  get to participate in CINO TIE?

YES! All CINO TIE programming will take place as scheduled, and your in-person experience from August 13-18 will include those activities. The CINO TIE schedule will be posted here by early June.

How do I get text books/workbooks/materials?

You are responsible for buying your books and materials. Most students do not receive enough financial aid to cover the costs of books and materials. The cost each semester could be $200 or more depending on the number and type of courses you are taking. Textbooks can be purchased or rented at the Chanticleer Store or through online vendors.

Where do I go to get my books?

You can visit the CCU bookstore, located in the HTC Center.

Do I need to fill out another FAFSA for CEaL?

Yes, you need to complete the 2020-2021. Please call our Financial Aid office, (843) 349-2313.

Am I required to live in campus housing in order to participate in the CEaL program?

All CEaL students are required to live on campus, unless you are living with a parent/legal guardian within 50 miles of CCU and that is the address on file with the Office of Admissions, you are required to live on campus. There are many benefits to living on campus: you are closer to the action, getting to classes is easy, meals are prepared for you and the library is open 24/7.

What are the advantages of the CEaL program?

The advantages of being in the CEaL Program include early contact with Peer Leaders, faculty and staff, the opportunity at a quality academic start by completing a one-credit hour introduction to college course, and use of CCU facilities including the HTC Student Recreation Center, student support services and Student Health Services.

When will I be able to select my room assignment?

You will be able to select your room assignment in MyCoastalHome in late May. You can access MyCoastalHome through University Housing. See the University Housing website for more details about room selection, coastal.edu/housing.

How can I find out what’s going on?

Check your CCU student webmail regularly, preferably every day. You will see announcements, calendars, notices of activities and deadlines. You can also check your account balances, schedule, courses completed and more. CCU offers many ways to see what is going on, from postings in your residence hall, email, the CCU Mobile app and Coastal Connections.

You can also find us on Instagram @ccuacademiccoaching

How do I get my coastal.edu email?

Access Microsoft Office 365 Outlook email by logging into https://portal.office.com using your full CCU email address (username@coastal.edu) and your password, then click on the Outlook icon to access email.

Call Admissions at (843) 349-2170 to get email information if you misplaced it.

What if I was supposed to receive an email and I don't see it?

First, check all the folders in your email. Student email is sometimes sorted into folders titled "Focused" and "Other." You should see them directly under the word "Inbox," or in the "Filter" menu. 

When do I need to pay all my fees?

Tuition for the CEaL program is due by June 1st.

Why do I pay a $100 enrollment fee?

The $100 enrollment fee let’s CCU know you plan to attend. You can pay the $100 through your Webadvisor account or call the Office of Admissions at 843-349-2170 and pay with credit card over the phone. This $100 deposit will be credited to your CEaL tuition cost.

Once you have paid the $100 Enrollment fee please make sure to register for New Student Orientation. This is mandatory for all incoming freshman. The fee for incoming students is $75 for the online orientation and $20 for each guiest who wishes to attend the in-person session.

48 hours after you pay your $100 Enrollment deposit you will be able to go in and complete your first phase of the housing application. Go to MyCoastalHome to apply for housing. There is a $150 fee for this process. $100 of this fee will be credited towards your housing bill.

If I need help, where do I go?

As a CEaL Program student, you benefit from services offered at CCU. The following individuals are available to assist you: CEaL Peer Leaders in your living area, Graduate Assistants, Academic Coaches, your Professors and the Assistant Provost. You can also get help with your computer and technology through CCU's Student Computing Services.

Do my parents have access to my college information?

According to federal legislation called Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the right to review and/or amend education records transfers from parents to the student at age 18 or enrollment in postsecondary education. You, the student, are the only one (aside from authorized college officials) who has the right to view your records and information or authorize others to view your information. Some exceptions may apply if a student submits a written request/documentation to the Office of the Registrar. By doing so, you give them access to financial records, grades and other information. Please discuss this matter with your parents.

Can I visit/tour Coastal Carolina University prior to attending?

CCU offers tours every weekday except holidays at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (September through April) and at 9:30 a.m. only (May through August). For more information, visit the Office of Admissions.

How can I get more information about the CEaL Program?

To learn more about CCU, go to www.coastal.edu. If you have additional questions about the CEaL Program or need more information, please contact Daphne Holland, assistant provost of student success initiatives, at dhollan1@coastal.edu.

When do fall classes begin?

Fall classes begin August 19th.

What can I bring?

Go to https://www.coastal.edu/housing/livingoptions/whattobring/ for a list of items

Do I have to complete the AlcoholEdu?

Yes. It is required for all incoming freshman. More information will be forthcoming.

I am having trouble applying for housing and selecting my meal plan.

Reach out to University Housing at (843) 349-6400

Is it possible to room with someone outside of the CEAL program, since we are attending in the fall with all students? 

The CEaL program requires a living learning component. CEaL students will room with other CEaL students during the fall semester while in the program. After the fall semester, pending availability, you may move. However, you need to contact your RA Resident Advisor first.

How do I upload my photo for my CINO card?

Reach out to the CINO card office at (843) 349-4000

How much does the CEaL program cost?

Please go to the CEaL Program Fees page to see program cost.

How do I send in my immunization records? Or did you receive my immunization records?

For your convenience, please find three options for submitting your immunization documents below:

  1. Go to https://coastal.medicatconnect.com and create a unique username and password.  Enter all the required immunizations and then upload your Health History and Immunization/TB Prescreening Forms or Documents into the student portal home page OR;
  2. Mail to Student Health Services at PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528 OR;
  3. Fax to Student Health Services at 843-349-6546.

If you have any questions regarding the university's immunization requirements, please call Student Health Services at 843-349-6543.

I’m local, do I have to live on campus?

All CEaL students are required to live on campus, unless you are living with a parent/legal guardian within 50 miles of CCU and that is the address on file with the Office of Admissions, you are required to live on campus.

Did you get my updated test scores?

Call Admissions at (843) 349-2170