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Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic public comprehensive liberal arts institution with more than 10,000 students from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 60 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 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 70 major fields of study, 17 master’s degree programs, two specialist programs and one doctoral program. CCU has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top Colleges, and the University has been named a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the sixth year. U.S. News and World Report recognizes CCU as one of the top regional universities in the South and ranks Coastal sixth among southern regional universities as a Best Value School for 2015-16. CCU is 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. CCU’s Feel the Teal® service excellence program provides the infrastructure and training needed to ensure a productive, supportive and educational environment.

The University comprises 102 main buildings on 633 acres that include the Coastal Science Center, the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, the General James Hackler Golf Course, and the TD Sports Complex. The University also offers courses at Myrtle Beach, Litchfield Beach and Georgetown education centers. A 1,105-acre coastal 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 4,200 students, and freshmen and sophomores are required to live in campus housing. Groundbreaking was held in January 2014 for a new 1,270-bed freshman housing complex. The first two buildings were occupied by approximately 600 students in Fall 2015.

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

A second 71,150-square-foot science annex to the Smith Science Complex, scheduled for completion in Spring 2016, will consist of an estimated 40 faculty offices, eight teaching labs (for introductory biology and introductory marine science), four 60-seat classrooms, two 45-seat classrooms, and one ecology teaching lab and six small labs for ecology research.

CCU athletics becomes part of the Sun Belt Conference in July 2016 after winning more than 150 Big South Conference Championships in sports from football to cross country to basketball.