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Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina, United States
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.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.

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (3)
Humanities (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College, a two-year community college, by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a group of citizens who wanted a post-secondary institution in the Grand Strand.  After the College of Charleston closed its extension programs, Coastal became an independent community college supported by Horry County.


Inspired by its founding in 1954 to serve the educational needs of the region, Coastal Carolina has a tradition of a strong liberal arts core. As such, Coastal Carolina commits its resources to building undergraduate and graduate degree programs of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services. Coastal Carolina fully embraces its leadership role as a regional center of economic and intellectual resources, lifelong learning, cultural and recreational opportunities, and athletic programs.


The Office of Undergraduate Research is a resource for the support and promotion of undergraduate learning and faculty/student collaboration through research and creative experiences and the dissemination of research, scholarly and creative outcomes.

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Student services

In order to support you during your time with us at Coastal Carolina University, we offer many services to help you get the most of your experience.

  • Career Services:

Planning for a career requires careful attention. Our job is to help you be successful from start to finish.

  • Safety and Security:

CCU Alert & Chauncey Patrol

Coastal Carolina University considers the safety of its students, employees and visitors to be paramount.

  • Sustainability:

Teal Goes Green

Sustain Coastal is committed to transform Coastal into an environmentally sustainable university through campus operations, student curriculum, engaging students through learning and outreach

Housing services

Accommodations are available in one of our campus residence facilities, University Place. The charges would be as follows:

TBD - per person per night plus accomodation tax (*If cancellations are made less than 14 days before check-in, there will be a one night housing charge plus a processing fee of 10%)

TBD - internet access

TBD - lost key fee


*Processing Fee: TBD

Library services

Opened in 1977, the Kimbel Library provides research collections and resources to support students, faculty and the surrounding community. The library also serves as a government repository and houses the Horry County Archives Center. 

Medical services

The mission of Loris Healthcare System is to take a leadership role in providing quality services that promote achievement and continuous improvement of health, wellness and overall quality of life in our communities. Loris Healthcare System will provide a complete network of services to improve the health, wellness and overall quality of life of the citizens in our communities.

Student Life

Campus life

Located 1/2 mile from Main Campus off Highway 544, University Place consists of 46 apartment-style buildings, separated into five distinct neighborhoods; "Blue Ridge" and "Piedmont" (Also known as the "Blue Tops"; constructed by the University in 2004 and 2005), as well as "Grand Strand", "Sandhills", and "Low Country" (Also known as the "Red Tops"; constructed in 2006 and 2007 by a third-party developer as private off-campus housing, later purchased by the University). University Place contains an activity house with a fitness center and outdoor pool, several basketball and volleyball courts, as well as the "UP Cafe" and convenience store. 

Sports facilities

The Coastal Carolina Athletic Training staff consists of 12 NATA-certified staff athletic trainers,  13 affiliated team physicians, and many local allied health care providers and specialists.

Athletic trainers are educated and highly skilled allied health care professionals. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care providers, athletic trainers function as members of the athletic health care team. Athletic trainers are required to maintain Continuing Education Requirements by their national certifying body (NATA Board of Certification) and the State of South Carolina.

Student clubs

  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic sororities
  • NPHC organizations


Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor and peer-reviewed evaluation. During the multi-year process, institutions develop and implement a plan that aligns with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

Student Reviews

Coastal Carolina University
Shelby Ladewig rated 5 out of 5 stars

Studying at Coastal Carolina University was the perfect balance between education and starting your own life. The university offers a wide range of activities/clubs/organizations for the student to engage in leisurely or academically. Attending Coastal Carolina University was an amazing experience that molded me to be the person I am today.

do not go there
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

lot of admin staff but les support than expected

Conway, South Carolina, United States

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