Coastal Carolina University

Graduates: 460
Undergraduates: 8740
Graduates: 460
Setting: Medium four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $9,680.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,630.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1001 / 22 / 3.4
Public/Private: Public
Male/Female Ratio: 46:54
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 63%

Coastal Carolina University (Coastal or CCU) is a public, state-supported, liberal arts university in Conway, South Carolina, USA, located eight miles (13 km) west of Myrtle Beach. Founded in 1954, Coastal became an independent university in 1993. The University enrolls approximately 9,300 students on its 630-acre (2.5 km2) campus. Baccalaureate programs are offered in 65 major fields of study, along with graduate programs in education, business administration (MBA), accountancy, coastal marine and wetland studies, and writing. Coastal Carolina is home to Kimbel Library, an academic library

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution that seeks to develop students who are both knowledgeable in their chosen fields and prepared to be productive, responsible, healthy citizens with a global perspective. To deliver on this commitment, Coastal Carolina recruits highly qualified and motivated students, faculty, and staff from the region, state, nation, and world to create a diverse and dynamic student-centered learning environment.

The school opened in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College, a two-year community college. It was founded by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a group of citizens who wanted a post-secondary institution in the Grand Strand, and operated under contract as an extension of the College of Charleston. Classes met at night at Conway High School, taught by part-time faculty. After C of C shuttered its extension programs, Coastal became an independent community college supported by the citizens of Horry County. The Horry County Educational Commission was created in 1959 to oversee some of the tax money. This body was responsible for contracting out operations to the University of South Carolina a year later as Coastal Carolina Regional Campus. It moved to its first permanent facility in 1962 under a new name, Coastal Carolina College of the University of South Carolina. A decade of growth led to the school becoming a full-fledged four-year institution in 1974. By 1991, enrollment had grown to over 4,000 students, leading the Coastal Educational Foundation and Horry County Educational Commission to seek independent status for the school. On July 1, 1993, the school officially became an autonomous institution under the name Coastal Carolina University


Name Notability Mickey Brantley Former Seattle Mariners and Yomiuri Giants outfielder Amber Campbell Hammer thrower who competed in both the 2005 & 2009 World Championships,and the 2008 & 2012 Olympic Games Kheli Dube Former MLS forward, New England Revolution Tom Gillis PGA Tour professional Gary Gilmore CCU Head Baseball Coach, also played collegiate baseball at CCU Keith Glauber Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Dustin Johnson 7 Time PGA Tour winner & member of the 2010 & 2012 USA Ryder Cup Team & 2011 Presidents Cup Team Luis Lopez Former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos infielder Kirt Manwaring Catcher who played with the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros Joseph Ngwenya Former MLS forward. Drafted 3rd overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Currently playing for the Richmond Kickers Josh Norman Cornerback, Carolina Panthers Stu Riddle Former Head Coach, Kalamazoo Outrage. Member of the 1996 New Zealand Olympic Soccer Team Maurice Simpkins Linebacker, NFL Jerome Simpson Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings. Drafted in the 2nd Round (46th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft Quinton Teal Defensive back, San Diego Chargers Tyler Thigpen Quarterback, Buffalo Bills Mike Tolbert Fullback, Carolina Panthers

Chief_administrator: Dr. David A. DeCenzo (President)
Phone: 8433473161
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
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Undergraduate application fee: $45.00
Graduate application fee: $45.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No