Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University or CCU is an independent, state supported university in Conway, South Carolina. It is located 13 kilometers to the west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The main campus consists of more than 50 buildings and covers an area of 307 acres. CCU is one of 30 U.S. sea grant colleges that are a part of the National Sea Grant College Program.

CCU enrolls more than 7,500 students every year. The University offers undergraduate degrees in more than 35 major fields and over 30 undergraduate minors. It also offers master's degree programs in education, business administration, and coastal marine and wetlands studies. The University also offers courses at the Waccamaw Center for Higher Education in Litchfield and in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Georgetown.

Chanticleer is the mascot of CCU.

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Contacting Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University
108 James P. Blanton Circle
Conway , SC 29526
General Phone: (843) 347-3161

Coastal Carolina University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management326business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, marketing
Liberal Arts200Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching197instructional media design, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, physical education teaching
Science130biology, marine biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling67psychology
Medical Administration67public health education
Media39communication studies
Hospitality32resort management
Fine Arts28fine arts
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19sports and fitness management, exercise science
Computer Science and Engineering19computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts16drama, stagecraft
Mathematics7applied mathematics
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Coastal Carolina University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,07633
Master's degree867
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Coastal Carolina University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Coastal Carolina University had a total enrollment of 7,872 students (7,221 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 13%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 35%
20-21 29%
22-24 18%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina47%
New Jersey8%
New York6%
North Carolina2%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%

Coastal Carolina University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 17 %

Coastal Carolina University Room and Board (2007)

Coastal Carolina University offers campus housing for 1,400 of its 7,221 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Conway, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Coastal Carolina University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470550
SAT Math480570
ACT Composite2022

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT73%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Coastal Carolina University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,650
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,090
Room and board $ 6,970
Room charge $ 4,520
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,450
Books and supplies $ 1,044
Other expenses $ 4,344

Financial Aid:
Coastal Carolina University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 345100)

Coastal Carolina University Faculty

Coastal Carolina University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year17$103,3242*
Associate professorcalendar year6$76,2205$80,087
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$58,849
Instructorcalendar year2*1*
Lecturercalendar year6$60,2891*
All faculty totalcalendar year31$88,25812$75,611

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$82,51911$74,970
Associate professoracademic year35$69,66419$67,225
Assistant professoracademic year63$59,78751$56,384
Instructoracademic year8$43,62710$42,827
Lectureracademic year19$37,77722$37,018
All faculty totalacademic year143$61,237113$55,046

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Coastal Carolina University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big South Conference
Basketball Big South Conference
Baseball Big South Conference
Track Big South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4373116

Coastal Carolina University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Resort Management

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion


Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Coastal Carolina University Highlights

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What Sets Coastal Carolina University Apart:

% of degrees in science
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Top 9%Coastal Carolina University % of degrees in science
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% of degrees in fine arts
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% of degrees in business and management
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Top 17%Coastal Carolina University % of degrees in business and management
Number of degree programs
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Top 17%Coastal Carolina University Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 19%Coastal Carolina University Dorm rooms per full-time student

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checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
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checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
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checked Has ROTC (army)
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