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Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate79%

Coastal Carolina University Admissions

Coastal Carolina University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 79% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 17,161 applications received in 2023, 13,493 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Coastal Carolina University, the fee for the application costs $45.

Coastal Carolina University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Coastal Carolina University's admissions stats.

Coastal Carolina University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12%
Mean SAT Score 1110
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 34%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 12%
Waitlist No

Coastal Carolina University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Coastal Carolina University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Applying Early to Coastal Carolina University?

Coastal Carolina University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Coastal Carolina University Admissions

Is Coastal Carolina University Difficult To Get Into?

Getting into Coastal Carolina University is moderately difficult. Coastal Carolina University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Coastal Carolina University accepted 79% of all applicants, around 13,493 of the 17,161 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Coastal Carolina University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Coastal Carolina University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Coastal Carolina University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Coastal Carolina University

What does Coastal Carolina University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Coastal Carolina University for more information on admission factors.

Coastal Carolina University Application Requirements

To apply to Coastal Carolina University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Coastal Carolina University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Coastal Carolina University?

Students admitted to Coastal Carolina University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 64% submitted a class rank. At Coastal Carolina University 12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 39% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Coastal Carolina University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 34%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 9%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Coastal Carolina University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Coastal Carolina University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 34% of Coastal Carolina University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 12% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Coastal Carolina University?

To be competitive with other Coastal Carolina University applicants, you should strive to score between 1030 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Coastal Carolina University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 1030, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Coastal Carolina University student is 1110.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Coastal Carolina University students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Coastal Carolina University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

To be most competitive at Coastal Carolina University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Coastal Carolina University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Coastal Carolina University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Coastal Carolina University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Coastal Carolina University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Coastal Carolina University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Coastal Carolina University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Coastal Carolina University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Coastal Carolina University.

Does Coastal Carolina University accept transfer credits?

✅ Coastal Carolina University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Coastal Carolina University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Coastal Carolina University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Coastal Carolina University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Coastal Carolina University?

❌ No, Coastal Carolina University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Coastal Carolina University's acceptance rate?

✅ Coastal Carolina University has an acceptance rate of 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Coastal Carolina University?

❌ Coastal Carolina University does not offer early decision.

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Coastal Carolina University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Coastal Carolina University? Coastal Carolina University is a somewhat selective institution. The Coastal Carolina University acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


Coastal Carolina University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Coastal Carolina University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Coastal Carolina University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Coastal Carolina University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1180


Math SAT Range

510 - 590


Reading SAT Range

510 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


1030 to 1180


1030 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Coastal Carolina University students is 1110. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Coastal Carolina University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1030 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1030 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Coastal Carolina University.

Coastal Carolina University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Coastal Carolina University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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