Coastal Carolina University is a public, state-supported, liberal arts institution located in Conway, South Carolina. Established in 1954, the school was founded as a two-year community college by the Coastal Educational Foundation and originally the college operated as an extension of the College of Charleston. Eventually the school became an independent community college, supported by Horry County. In 1962, the school relocated to its first permanent facility and adopted the name, Coastal Carolina College of the University of South Carolina. The University continued to expand and became a four-year institution by 1974. In July of 1993 the University officially became an autonomous institution and adopted its current name, Coastal Carolina University.
Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Coastal Carolina University offers more than 70 major fields of study at the undergraduate level; the University’s most popular majors include marine sciences, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. Coastal Carolina University also offers more than 20 graduate-level programs, including a Ph.D. in Marine Science. Coastal Carolina University is made up of several colleges, including the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, Spadoni College of Education, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Art, College of Science, and the University College.
Coastal Carolina University also offers many courses at the Myrtle Beach Education Center as well as in Litchfield and Georgetown. Coastal Carolina University students have the opportunity to study on a 1,105 acre tract of land which includes a portion of Waties Island. This tract provides a natural laboratory which is used for extensive study of marine science and wetlands biology on an Atlantic coast barrier island.
Coastal Carolina University has a total enrollment of approximately 1,000 – including more than 9,300 undergraduate students. Just under half of the undergraduate population is made up of South Carolina residents, the rest of students hailing from all across the United States as well as from nearly 60 foreign countries. Coastal Carolina University has a 633 acre campus with over 100 buildings, located a few minutes away from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Undergraduate students are required to live in university housing during their first two years (with certain exceptions); freshmen students are typically assigned to Chancellors, Woods, and the Gardens on the main campus, as well as the Grand Strand area of University Place.
More than 180 student-led clubs and organizations remain active on Coastal Carolina University’s campus. Students have access to a variety of cultural arts activities and events, including art exhibits, musical concerts, movie screenings, ethical discussions, and theatrical productions. Coastal Carolina University’s varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division I-AA level in the Sun Belt Conference. Varsity sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and more.