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CCU online programs get high ranking

Coastal Carolina University was named one of the Best Online Colleges in South Carolina for 2016-2017 by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), a resource for online learning and college affordability information.

“This recognition from ACO is a wonderful acknowledgment of all the hard work and dedication put forth by our faculty and the staff who support our online learning initiative on the CCU campus,” said Sherri Restauri, director of the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL).

CCU ranked No. 3 on the list, above the University of South Carolina (No. 5) and Clemson University (No. 6).

The online student population in the country is now more than 7 million, including more than 70,000 students in South Carolina enrolled exclusively in distance education courses, according to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group. CCU has 3,670 online students enrolled, with 3,251 undergraduate and 419 graduate students taking online courses.

For a university to qualify, it must be a public institution and offer at least three online bachelor’s degree programs with an annual tuition fee of less than $25,000. The schools are then evaluated based upon published tuition fees, the percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving financial aid, the number of online programs offered and student to teacher ratio. CCU scored a 99.33 percent.

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