Coker College

Coker College

Coker College, also known as simply Coker, was established as the Welsh Neck High School in 1894. Founded by Major James Lide Coker, this school became the Coker College for Women in 1908. In 1969, it officially became a coeducational college. The 15-acre campus is located in Hartsville, South Carolina, and includes students from more than 25 states and 5 countries worldwide. The U.S. News & World Report's 2009 edition placed the college in its list of America's Best Colleges.

Coker College offers more than 30 majors and over 20 minors. Students can opt for baccalaureate degree programs in disciplines like art, behavioral and social science, business administration, communication, language, literature, education, history, philosophy, religion, science, mathematics, and social work.

The athletics department of Coker College is a member of the NCAA Division II, and the Conference Carolinas. The teams, nicknamed the Cobras, participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball. Students are also involved in various on-campus associations like the Art Club, International Student Organization, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Psi Chi, and Student Government Association.

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Coker College
300 E College Ave
Hartsville , SC 29550
General Phone: (843) 383-8000

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Coker Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management70business, business management
Liberal Arts46French language, Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching29education, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling20psychology, counseling psychology
Family and Social Work18social work
Security and Law Enforcement14corrections, criminal justice and administration, corrections and criminal justice, criminology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11sports and fitness management, exercise science, health and fitness, recreation and leisure studies
Media8communication studies
Drama and Performing Arts8dance, dance courses, drama, theatre design, acting
Science4biology, chemistry
Design3graphic design
Music3music, piano, voice, various music studies
Fine Arts2fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Medical Support and Technology1clinical lab tech
Photography and Commercial Art1commercial art, photography

Number of programs and degrees for Coker in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree24051

Coker Student Body

In 2007-2008, Coker had a total enrollment of 1,197 students (1,052 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 66%
Women 34%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 54%
Black 41%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 27%
20-21 19%
22-24 9%
25-29 11%
30-34 11%
35-39 9%
40-49 10%
50-64 4%

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

South Carolina79%
North Carolina2%
State unknown1%
New York1%
New Jersey1%

Coker Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %

Coker Room and Board (2007)

Coker offers campus housing for 440 of its 1,052 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Coker Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math450550
ACT Composite1721

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT62%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT41%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Coker Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,322
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,322
Room and board $ 6,008
Room charge $ 2,954
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,024
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
Coker participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 342700)

Coker Faculty

Coker 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 year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*2*

*: 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 year10$60,2405$56,210
Associate professoracademic year8$49,1389$48,867
Assistant professoracademic year13$43,01911$43,164
All faculty totalacademic year31$50,15325$47,826

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

Coker Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
Baseball Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
Track Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6556121

Coker Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Dance, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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Coker Highlights

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What Sets Coker Apart:

% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Coker % students on athletic fin. aid
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 11%Coker Number of students
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Coker % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Coker % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Coker Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Coker Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 16%Coker Female % of student body
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Coker % of degrees in business and management
% students 40 years or older
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Coker % students 40 years or older

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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