#6 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

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Coastal Carolina University overview
Location Conway, South Carolina
Online coastal.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Coastal Carolina University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Coastal Carolina University, located in Conway, South Carolina, is a public institution established in 1954. Approximately 9 miles northwest of the resort area of Myrtle Beach, the university provides a serene, suburban campus backdrop that is characterized by a landscape infused with coastal flora and distinctive Lowcountry architecture. Coastal Carolina University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on marine science, business, and education. The university maintains a moderately selective admissions process. As for campus life, on-campus housing is available to students, including several residential communities that cater to specific academic and personal interests. Coastal Carolina's athletic teams, known as the Chanticleers, participate in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference and have garnered recognition in sports such as baseball and football.

In the most recent statistical year 17,161 prospective students applied, and 13,493 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,662 enrolled in the school.  9,163 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,174 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,460 plus fees of $180. Coastal Carolina is ranked 821 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Coastal Carolina is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Coastal Carolina University overview
SAT 1020/1190
ACT 20/25
GPA 3.72

Applications Accepted

Coastal Carolina University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $45

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Carolina Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Coastal Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,164
Other Fees$180
Room and Board $10,628
Budget for Other Expenses$3,994
Total One Year Cost$27,426

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Coastal Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,164
Other Fees$180
Room and Board $10,628
Budget for Other Expenses$3,994
Total One Year Cost$44,276

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

46% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Coastal Carolina University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 30%
Biology 11%
Education 10%
Communication 7%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218724 IPEDS survey data for Coastal Carolina University.

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