Coker College

Graduates: 8
Undergraduates: 1179
Graduates: 8
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $24,576.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,576.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 970 / 21 / 2.97
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 38:62
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 50%

Coker College is a student-centered, comprehensive college. It is dedicated to providing every student enrolled in the Day Program and in the Adult Learners Program for Higher Achievement an academic curriculum based upon a uniformly excellent liberal arts core that enhances the structured development of key personal skills. The College's goal is to graduate students with the ability to think analytically and creatively, and to write and speak effectively. Experiences both in and out of the classroom are focused on active student involvement and the practical application of academic knowledge that lead to lifelong learning. Coker measures its success by the personal and professional accomplishments enjoyed by all members of the academic community.

Coker College is a private, co-ed four-year liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker offers a four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, Darlington County, South Carolina, Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Coker College was founded in 1908, and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The Honors Program involves a course of study that allows for particularly well-prepared and motivated students seeking undergraduate degrees to go beyond the requirements for a Coker College Degree. The Honors Program offers enhanced scholarly experiences based on three pillars � innovative scholarship, cultural interaction, and civic leadership. Students will study leadership, participate in study-abroad experiences and community service projects, and get extensive research experiences in a variety of disciplines, through a combination of coursework and co-curricular experiences.

Coker College began in 1894 as Welsh Neck High School, founded by a local businessman and American Civil War veteran, Major James Lide Coker (1837�1918). In 1908, when South Carolina created a statewide public school system, Major Coker led the effort to convert the school to Coker College for Women. Davidson Hall and Memorial Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the 1920s until just after World War II, it was the only college between Columbia and Charleston accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Coker was once affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, but has been non-denominational since 1944. It officially became co-ed in 1969, although men had been attending since the end of World War II. From 1988 to 2003, Coker students often interacted with students from South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (SCGSSM) who lived and took their own courses on campus. In 2003, the SCGSSM moved to its own campus a few blocks away

Coker's alumni giving percentage � a gauge of alumni satisfaction � recently reached 52%, highest among all of South Carolina's colleges and universities and equal to the top 25 liberal arts colleges nationally. Coker's alumni giving percentage is typically 24% to 34% � higher than most of the South's Best Comprehensive Colleges. Notable alumni include: � Dr. Bonnie Ethel Cone, a renowned educator who founded the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. � Dr. Ruth Patrick, a famous botanist who received her bachelors degree from Coker College in 1929. Her work has been widely published, and she has received numerous awards for her scientific achievements, including the National Medal of Science in 1996. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is named after her. On April 4, 2008, she was named Coker College's Alumna of the Century. � Poet Terrance Hayes, winner of the National Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a 2009 Best American Poetry selection and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, earned his B.A. from Coker. He is the author of Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006), Hip Logic (2002), which won the National Poetry Series and Muscular Music (1999). Terrence is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. � South Carolina State Representative Denny Woodall Neilson (Mrs. David S.), representing District 56, Chesterfield & Darlington counties. She is a member of both the Rules and the Ways & Means House committees. � Marvin Legrand "Le" Flowers, a county council member of Darlington, SC � Contemporary figurative artist Patrick Earl Hammie graduated from Coker College in 2004 with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts. After graduating from Coker College, Hammie received his MFA degree from the University of Connecticut. In 2008, he was the inaugural recipient of the Alice C. Cole Class of 42 Fellowship in Studio Arts at Wellesley College. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chief_administrator: Robert L. Wyatt (President)
Fax: 8433838319
Phone: 8433838000
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
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Undergraduate application fee: $25.00
Graduate application fee: $25.00
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