About Coastal Carolina University

Founded in 1954, Coastal Carolina University. is a Public college. Located in South Carolina, which is a city setting in South Carolina, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 9,747 full time undergraduate students, and 732 full time graduate students.

The Coastal Carolina University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 451 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Coastal Carolina University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate61%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
SAT Range930-1090
ACT Range20-25

Admissions at CCU are considered Selective, with ,146% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

66% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 28% were in the top quarter, and 8% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Coastal Carolina University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
26%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
2%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
26%
“Sometimes, but not often”
47%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
23%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
33%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
63%
“I feel extremely safe”
11%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
24%
“We bought the gear”
65%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
10%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
67%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
43%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
15%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
80%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
26%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
34%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
15%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
18%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
26%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
2%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
26%
“Sometimes, but not often”
47%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
23%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
33%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
63%
“I feel extremely safe”
11%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
24%
“We bought the gear”
65%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
10%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
67%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
43%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
15%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
80%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
26%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
34%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
15%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
18%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Coastal Carolina University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    247 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    177 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    284 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    296 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    296 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    295 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    297 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    296 Students rated academics 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Coastal Carolina University?

109 Students rated Coastal Carolina University

Chloe - 04/30/2024

This is an amazing student focused school with a goal for student academic success. The staff are welcoming, caring and motivating. The schools has just the right number of students which allows for small class sizes and low professor to student ratios.

Angelica - 03/03/2024

I've always been impressed with Coastal Carolina University. The campus atmosphere is vibrant, and the range of academic programs they offer is diverse. I've heard positive things about the engaging student life and the supportive community. The university's commitment to providing a well-rounded education, along with its unique traditions and mascot, Chauncey the Chanticleer, adds a special touch to the overall experience. Of course, opinions may vary, but based on what I've 'heard,' Coastal Carolina University seems like a fantastic place for both academic and personal growth.

Corabella - 02/11/2024

I was hesitant to apply to Coastal Carolina University at first. Everything that I had heard was about how it is such a party school and everyone just comes here to party. There is even a common saying among students: "It's not college, it's Coastal". I was a little bit discertain about committing the next four years of my life to a university that had such a reputation. When I first toured the school though, I loved it. The campus is beautiful, the staff is amazing, students are always willing to have a conversation with you or give you advice, and there are TONS of undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. The party scene is honestly not as large as people pretend that it is. Obviously, there are always students at any college who go out to the bars every day of the week but at Coastal Carolina most students who choose to go out wait until the weekends. The educational opportunities at the school are incredible too. Most people don't even consider Coastal Carolina as an intellectual institution but the faculty here is always looking for students of all ages and majors to join in on their research or study abroad programs. Don't let Coastal Carolina's reputation sway your decision to stay away from the school because it is amazing here.

Zhoe - 07/28/2023

I believe that this school could be a lot greater if there was more care for how students feel about the campus and the changes happening. For instance, you have mold in your room walls? They paint over it and call it fixed. Also, this university accepts tons of freshman, more than they have room for and then builds extra libraries and water fountains vs. extra living spaces for students. The priorities are just not straight. They are also trying to make it a drive-free campus, which could affect commuters. I believe this university only sees money and not students. There are a small bit of great things about the school, like the campus dining choices, some of the professors, and the nice campus scenery. Other than that, not so great.. could be better.

Coastal Carolina University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Coastal Carolina University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Coastal Carolina University is 61%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to take a little bit more time choosing a major. It will be easier coming in to the university already having chose a major. Also, look up professors' reviews. Find out which ones are passionate about what they teach and take those classes. And it's okay to drop a class. You don't have to prove yourself to anyone but yourself. If you don't think you can pull through and make the good grade, just drop it. It's better than having a bad grade on your transcript. Other than that, just enjoy it!

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I can honestly say there is none. The campus is wonderful, thefood is great, the professors are awesome. They help you learn and make sure you grasp the concept of what they are teaching. So, all together Coastal Carolina University is amazing.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Coastal Carolina is a resource, experience, and growth filled college from the student body, faculty, admindistration, and to the overall community.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    One of the best things about Coastal Carolina University is the campus activities and envolvment. On campus there is always something go on and its fun to be a part of that. We have Teal Tuesday where everyone dresses up in teal so show school spirit. Our school is friendly. An added bonus is our beautiful campus and the great location being only ten minutes from Myrtle Beach and the ocean.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    All my classmates have a sense of humor because they know how to make your day just when you thought it was going to be a bad day.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before I came to Coastal I wish I would have taken the SAT and ACT more than once.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any type of person should attend this school! There is a huge diversity of students attending this university. You just need to like southern weather and southern hospitality.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    There is no classification of people who should reach for higher knowledge at Coastal Carolina University. Coastal offers a variety of classes for several different undergraduate majors and a few graduate studies. Coastal even has classes called LIFE classes that they cater towards for special needs adults.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is most likely best known for its marine science program.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Our school is neither a big school nor a small school. It is very welcoming, We have this mentality of being together. The atmosphere is just pleasing, I do not want to ever transfer as long as I can stay here!

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    If you are an apiring student at Coastal Carolina, please be aware of your financial situation. This university has a tendency to notify the student of change in financial aid in a very untimely manner.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about the overall effect Coastal Carolina University has. When I walk around campus, I feel giddy. I have made a new life with new friends and family here. I succeed in my work, enjoy my teachers and the classwork. The teachers make it so the students can enjoy class. They give us interesting assignments, such as an critique essay that sparks a variety of emotions, to art class where we learned about the soccer ball program in Africa and crafted our own. Every teacher has a story, every student too, I love it.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Coastal is all about being personal. Professors know your name, if you want them to. Class participation isn't always a must, but it's worth it to get involved. Students aren't too competitive, we are there to do what's best for us. Coastal's academic requirements are bad at all. Your academic advisor is there to be your friend and help you. We have the coolest and weirdest classes. We have a scuba diving class and a scootering class...yes, scooter. Education at Coastal is al about what's best for you. They want you to be able to get a job when you graduate, but they also want you learning for your own sake.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Most popular clubs and organizations are Greek Life and just about every club. SCREAM is our club which is at every sporting even pumping up the players and the crowd! Students are very open and welcoming, depending on which hall you're in, students leave their doors open..or unlocked and you can just go in and chill. Our athletic events are the talk of not only the entire campus but the town. I met my closest friends at Orientation and during welcome week. Go and explore the campus, don't be afraid to say "Hey" and ask where others are from. Go to club recruitment day and sign up for any club that looks fun(most of them are). We have founders day each year...we get the day off shcool and we get late night breakfast for free in our dining halls. People have fun. Some people party every night while others don't do it all. I've found a happy median and I got a 3.9 last semester. There are tons of things that don't involve drinking, like hall activities that your RA puts on.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    That all sororities are stuck up. False statement because I am in one and I would not consider myself stuck up. Just because we hold ourselves to a higher standard does not mean a thing.

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  17. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    There are many places to eat off campus including pizza places and sushi restaurants. Hick's dining hall is buffet style. CINO Grille has a burger place, sushi place, Mexican food, Subway, and Chick-fil-a. UP Cafe offers deli food, a salad bar, and hot meals. The quality of the food is average.

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  18. What are your classes like?

    Classes are usually pretty small, about 20-30 students per class. Unless the professor really pushes for it, there isn't much student participation in class, as students aren't very outgoing.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    We go to the beach everyday.

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  20. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I would change The Commons, our dinning hall. Our school is just the right size, this year we had 1,800 incoming freshman living on campus. Most of my time is either spent outside(because of the awesome weather) or in Club Kimbel(our library...we call it that because the entire first floor is usually social hour) studying. So we're not a typical college town. In Conway, SC(our town) a five minute drive from Myrtle Beach there is always something going on. We are a typical tourist town...but when tourist season is over, lots of fun things begin. Our administration at Coastal is great. I met the president of the University in the middle of summer. He took the time to talk to me and get to know me. On our move-in day this year, President DiCenzo(we call him DAD...David A. DiCenzo) helped carry in boxes and helped with the entire move in process. Hundreds of volunteers ranging from Greeklife to RA's helped make the move-in process easy(By easy, I mean EASY...they asked for your room number and carried in everything your had and moved it into your room. all you had to do was unpack). None of my siblings at other colleges ever had that experience, and what university president do you know that would help carry boxes and move in freshman? Not many. Coastal BLEEDS TEAL. Our school pride is off the charts and it's amazing. We don't really have anything unusual about Coastal, except for our mascot...

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  21. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Unfortunately we have classes most days...

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Student Body

Students

53%

female

47%

male

9,747

Total Undergrad Enrollment

732

Total Grad Students

55%

Out-Of-State

44%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

159

Student Organizations

8

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

40%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
20%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
67%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending Coastal Carolina University receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 70% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$25,120

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,160

Books and Supplies

$9,278

Room and Board

35,558

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$11,937
$30 - $48K
$13,993
$48 - $75K
$17,184
$75 - $110K
$17,998
$110K & UP
$18,789

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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