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Why Coastal Carolina University?

Coastal Carolina University provides a student-centered approach to learning. Exceptional degree programs, high-quality teaching, active learning, a caring and concerned faculty, and a campus-wide commitment to service all come together to create a unique and welcoming educational experience.


Number of undergraduate degree programs at CCU (plus 26 graduate programs)


The student to faculty ratio.


Awarded in financial aid and scholarships.


The number of consecutive years Coastal Carolina University was on America's Best College Buys list.


About CCU Students

Total Enrollment: 10,641 students *

  •  South Carolina residents: 49 percent
  •  Out-of-state residents from 47 states: 49 percent
  •  International students from 61 countries: 2 percent
  •  Student to faculty ratio: 16:1

  Undergraduate students: 9,917 
  •  South Carolina residents among first-time freshmen: 44 percent
  •  Average SAT for first-time freshmen: 1,102 (national average: 1,068)
  •  Average ACT for first-time freshmen: 22 (national average: 21)
  •  Average high school GPA for first-time freshmen: 3.58
  •  Students: 54.7 percent female, 45.3 percent male

  Graduate students: 724

  * Enrollment data from Fall 2018

About CCU Faculty and Staff

Full-time faculty with faculty rank: 514  |  Faculty with doctoral/terminal degrees: 76 percent *
Full-time staff: 756 **
Student staff: 1,278 ‌(includes undergraduate positions and graduate assistantships) *
  * From Fall 2018

  ** From Fall 2017

About CCU Academic Programs*

‌Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees through 84 majors. Among CCU's graduate-level programs are 26 master's degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and two doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science, and the Ph.D. in education. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, and communication. CCU boasts a growing array of internships, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.  View all programs »

About the CCU Campus

‌The University comprises 115 main buildings on our walkable campus, comprised of 621 acres, including the Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, located in the Atlantic Center on U.S. 501, and the General James Hackler Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University, a public 18-hole golf facility located adjacent to the campus. The University also offers courses in Litchfield and Georgetown. A 1,105-acre tract that includes a portion of Waties Island provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology on an Atlantic coast barrier island.
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About CCU Tuition and Fees

Total Undergraduate Tuition, Housing/Meals *
•  South Carolina residents: $21,272 per year
•  Out-of-state residents: $37,014 per year    
Undergraduate Tuition 

•  South Carolina residents: $11,640 per year
•  Out-of-state residents: $27,394 per year  

* Total costs for 2019-2020 include meal plan, approximate median rate for double occupancy residence halls, 2-4 bedroom apartment. Undergraduate tuition includes Fall and Spring semesters based on full-time (12-18 credit hours) and required fees; additional course fees may apply.  View all costs »

For more information about the Coastal Carolina University Teaching Fellows Program, contact Teresa Gibbons.