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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Coastal Carolina is an above-average public university located in Conway, South Carolina in the Myrtle Beach Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,941 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Coastal Carolina acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Business, Communications, and Marine Biology and Oceanography. Graduating 44% of students, Coastal Carolina alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,900.
103 Tom Trout Drive
Conway, SC 29526
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Sun Belt Conference

Coastal Carolina University Rankings

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CCU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
1030-1170
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,368/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,942/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.119 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.136 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.136 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    35%
  • On Campus
    62%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,941Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
976
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 103 responses
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  • Chill
    37%
  • Laid-back
    18%
  • Good
    14%
  • 50/50 laid-back and ambitious
    11%
  • Ambitious
    7%
  • Stuck up
    5%
  • Lazy
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.161 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.207 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 103 responses
Report
  • Amazing
    26%
  • Really good
    20%
  • On the come up!
    16%
  • Overrated
    12%
  • Underrated
    12%
  • Expensive, fun
    8%
  • Boring, expensive, choose a different university.
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.93 responses
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I spent probably the best years of my life at Coastal. I've always had a hard time with school -- as a kid, my family and I moved around quite a bit. As such, I never had many friends. Coastal was the first place I felt like I really belonged. I'd encourage everyone to befriend their peers and classmates; it'll result in lifelong friendships that'll benefit your personal and professional life, and enhance your academic experience. Let's face it, college isn't always easy!
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How do you highlight 4 years in a short blurb? Simply put, if you take advantage of all the opportunities, you'll have an amazing experience at Coastal. Outside the classroom, I loved living on campus and being a part of the campus life. Inside the classroom, the faculty were always approachable, knowledgeable in their field, and presented opportunities to connect with them. The highlight of my time at Coastal was my summer study abroad where I was able to take Spanish courses with Coastal faculty and students in Costa Rica for a month. The icing on the cake was finding my dream job before I even graduated. Highly recommend!
The university is honestly an amazing place and if you get the chance to go, take it! The campus is the safest I have ever been on (and I have been on Cornell University's campus (which is not safe WHATSOEVER)) and the people there are so nice.
The cost is fairly low for in-state students, especially with all of the discounts they offer based on grades. You can go to this university for as cheap as $200 if you play your cards right with grades and scholarships!