Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina, United States
Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution that seeks to develop students who are both knowledgeable in their chosen fields and prepared to be productive.Coastal Carolina recruits highly qualified and motivated students, faculty, and staff from the region, state, nation, and world to create a diverse and dynamic student-centered learning environment.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (2)
Humanities (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College, a two-year community college, by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a group of citizens who wanted a post-secondary institution in the Grand Strand.  After the College of Charleston closed its extension programs, Coastal became an independent community college supported by Horry County.


Inspired by its founding in 1954 to serve the educational needs of the region, Coastal Carolina has a tradition of a strong liberal arts core. As such, Coastal Carolina commits its resources to building undergraduate and graduate degree programs of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services. Coastal Carolina fully embraces its leadership role as a regional center of economic and intellectual resources, lifelong learning, cultural and recreational opportunities, and athletic programs.


The Office of Undergraduate Research is a resource for the support and promotion of undergraduate learning and faculty/student collaboration through research and creative experiences and the dissemination of research, scholarly and creative outcomes.


Student services

In order to support you during your time with us at Coastal Carolina University, we offer many services to help you get the most of your experience.

  • Career Services:

Planning for a career requires careful attention. Our job is to help you be successful from start to finish.

  • Safety and Security:

CCU Alert & Chauncey Patrol

Coastal Carolina University considers the safety of its students, employees and visitors to be paramount.

  • Sustainability:

Teal Goes Green

Sustain Coastal is committed to transform Coastal into an environmentally sustainable university through campus operations, student curriculum, engaging students through learning and outreach

Housing services

The TD Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative, also known as Sustain Coastal, is committed to transform Coastal Carolina University into an environmentally sustainable university through campus operations, student curriculum, engaging students through learning and outreach, and collaboration in the community through sustainable stewardship of resources.

Library services

Opened in 1977, the Kimbel Library provides research collections and resources to support students, faculty and the surrounding community. The library also serves as a government repository and houses the Horry County Archives Center. 

Medical services

Student Health Services provides quality primary care, prevention, and education services that are student centered, with an emphasis on teaching personal responsibility for health and wellness. 

Student Life

Campus life

Located 1/2 mile from Main Campus off Highway 544, University Place consists of 46 apartment-style buildings, separated into five distinct neighborhoods; "Blue Ridge" and "Piedmont" (Also known as the "Blue Tops"; constructed by the University in 2004 and 2005), as well as "Grand Strand", "Sandhills", and "Low Country" (Also known as the "Red Tops"; constructed in 2006 and 2007 by a third-party developer as private off-campus housing, later purchased by the University). University Place contains an activity house with a fitness center and outdoor pool, several basketball and volleyball courts, as well as the "UP Cafe" and convenience store. 

Sports facilities

The Coastal Carolina Athletic Training staff consists of 12 NATA-certified staff athletic trainers,  13 affiliated team physicians, and many local allied health care providers and specialists.

Athletic trainers are educated and highly skilled allied health care professionals. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care providers, athletic trainers function as members of the athletic health care team. Athletic trainers are required to maintain Continuing Education Requirements by their national certifying body (NATA Board of Certification) and the State of South Carolina.

Student clubs

  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic sororities
  • NPHC organizations


The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 

Conway, South Carolina, United States