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Coastal Carolina Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Coastal Carolina University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
70%
Admission Difficulty for Coastal Carolina University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Coastal Carolina and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Coastal Carolina is 70%.  It ranks #20 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Coastal Carolina is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 9,970 out of 14,152 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent (SAT 1020/1180 ACT 19/25). Coastal Carolina University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.69. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Coastal Carolina application fee is $45 and applications are due by Jun 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Coastal Carolina University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 47% of students submitted SAT scores and 53% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Coastal Carolina SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT 
47%
SAT Scores for Coastal Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Coastal Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Coastal Carolina University?

Coastal Carolina University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. Coastal Carolina ranks #8 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Coastal Carolina University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1180 and Above Good >82%
1100 to 1180 Avg + 70%-82%
1020 to 1100 Avg - 55%-70%
940 to 1020 Reach 39%-55%
Less than 940 Low <39%
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Coastal Carolina ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
53%
ACT Scores for Coastal Carolina University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Coastal Carolina University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Coastal Carolina?

Admission data indicates that Coastal Carolina regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Coastal Carolina University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Coastal Carolina University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >82%
22 to 25 Avg + 70%-82%
19 to 22 Avg - 55%-70%
16 to 19 Reach 39%-55%
Less than 16 Low <39%
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Coastal Carolina GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.69
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Coastal Carolina University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Coastal Carolina. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Coastal Carolina University was 3.69 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in South Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Coastal Carolina accepts 70% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Coastal Carolina University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 31.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

71% of Coastal Carolina University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Coastal Carolina University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 12%
Top 25% of class 37%
Top 50% of class 71%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Coastal Carolina University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,555 5,597 14,152
Accepted 6,144 3,826 9,970
Acceptance Rate 72% 68% 70%
Enrolled 1,208 848 2,056
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 22% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
119

Applicants have 119 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Coastal Carolina University is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Coastal Carolina University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Coastal Carolina University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Coastal Carolina University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Coastal Carolina University prefer SAT or ACT?

47% of students submit their SAT scores to Coastal Carolina. 53% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Coastal Carolina University?

70% of those who apply are granted admission to Coastal Carolina. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Coastal Carolina University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1180. 47% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Coastal Carolina University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 53% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.