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Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic public comprehensive liberal arts institution with nearly 10,000 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 58 other countries who interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar and a choice of over 200 clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University is located in Conway, S.C., just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach. While the University has a strong liberal arts foundation, it has developed esteemed programs that utilize local resources, such as its marine science programs and its PGA-accredited professional golf management program. Coastal Carolina offers baccalaureate degrees in 67 major fields of study, eight master’s degree programs, a specialist program and one doctoral program, in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science. For the fifth year, the University has been named one of "America's Top Colleges” byForbes and a “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine. U.S. News and World Report recognizes CCU as one of the top regional universities in the South and ranks Coastal ninth among southern regional universities as a “Best Value School” for 2015. CCU is currently focused on offering a high level of experiential learning opportunities for students in all disciplines.

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The University fulfills its responsibility to be a positive role model for the students and the community by treating those with whom it interacts fairly and honestly, demonstrating sustainable stewardship of resources, adopting the highest standards of integrity and accountability, and committing itself to excellence through continuous assessment and improvement.

The University comprises 102 main buildings on 620 acres including the Coastal Science Center, the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, and The General James Hackler Golf Course. The University also offers courses at the Myrtle Beach, Litchfield and Georgetown Education Centers. A 1,105-acre tract, including a portion of Waties Island, provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology on an Atlantic coast barrier island.

The University maintains residence halls to accommodate approximately 3,600 students, and freshmen and sophomores are required to live in campus housing. Groundbreaking was held in January 2014 for a new 1,270-bed freshmen housing complex, the first two buildings of which are expected to be ready for occupancy by Fall 2015.


A 30,000 square foot expansion of the Lib Jackson Student Union opened in February 2015, including a movie theater, a convenience store and an international center.