Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina University
Motto Ex Libertate Veritas
("From Liberty, Truth")
Established 1954
Type Public
Endowment $17.7 million
President David A. DeCenzo
Academic staff 556
Students 8,360
Location United States Conway, South Carolina, USA
Campus Urban
307 acres
Colors Teal and Bronze            
Athletics NCAA Division I Big South Conference
17 intercollegiate teams
Nickname Chanticleers
Mascot Chauncey the Chanticleer

Coastal Carolina University (CCU or Coastal) is an independent, state-supported, liberal arts university in Conway, South Carolina, USA, located eight miles (13 km) west of Myrtle Beach. Founded in 1954, Coastal became an independent university in 1993. The University enrolls approximately 8,300 students on its 307-acre (1.24 km2) campus. Baccalaureate programs are offered in 51 major fields of study, along with graduate programs in education, business administration (MBA) and coastal marine and wetland studies.

The school is composed of its main campus in Conway and also offers courses in Litchfield, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. The University is a Sea-grant institute and owns part of Waties Island, a 1,105-acre (4.47 km2) barrier island which serves as a natural laboratory. Coastal Carolina is also the home of the Scholars Academy, a high school program for gifted students.


Academic Organization

The E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of Business Administration

Spadoni College of Education

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

Coastal Carolina University Bands


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

In addition, several of the University's other programs have been accredited. They include:

  • The E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of Business Administration - accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

University Leaders

Director From To
Edward J. Woodhouse 1954 1955
George C. Rogers 1955 1961
William C. Casper 1961 1963
Chancellor From To
Edward M. Singleton 1963 1983
Fredrick W. Hicks, III 1983 1985
Ronald G. Eaglin 1985 1992
Ronald R. Ingle 1992 1993
President From To
Ronald R. Ingle 1993 2007
David A. DeCenzo 2007 present

Media and Campus Publications

Student Radio

  • WCCU - Student-run online radio station launched in Spring 2009.

University Publications

Student Publications

Student life


Student activities

Student organizations include the Student Government Association (SGA), S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Active Responsibility) and the Coastal Productions Board, along with a number of other academic, honor, service, interest, social and religious organizations. Intramural sports are also offered through the Department of Campus Recreation.

A crowning achievement of the University's student activities, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Rugby team (a member of USA Rugby South ) won the Small College National Championship in 2009.

Greek life




Coastal Carolina's athletic programs compete in NCAA Division I as a member of the Big South Conference (the football team competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision). The primary colors of the university's athletic programs are teal, black and bronze.

Until the mid-1960s Coastal's teams were known as the Trojans. Upon its affiliation with the University of South Carolina, the push was made for a mascot more in line with the parent's mascot (the Gamecock); the ultimate choice was the Chanticleer (pronounced SHON-ti-clear), the proud, witty rooster made famous in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (the mascot itself would be named Chauncey). When Coastal became an independent university in 1993, despite some calls for "a complete split from USC" (i.e., change the mascot), the Chanticleer remained the school's mascot.[2]

Notable alumni


Name Notability
Mickey Brantley Former Seattle Mariners and Yomiuri Giants outfielder
Amber Campbell Hammer thrower who competed in 2005 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games
Kheli Dube Forward, New England Revolution (MLS)
Gary Gilmore CCU Head Baseball Coach, also played collegiate baseball at CCU
Keith Glauber Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher
Tom Gillis PGA Tour professional
Dustin Johnson 4 Time PGA Tour winner & member of the 2010 USA Ryder Cup Team
Luis Lopez Former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos infielder
Kirt Manwaring Catcher who played with the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros
Joseph Ngwenya MLS forward, currently playing with D.C. United
Stu Riddle Former Head Coach, Kalamazoo Outrage. Member of the 1996 New Zealand Olympic Soccer Team
Jerome Simpson Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals. Drafted in the 2nd Round (46th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft
Quinton Teal Defensive back, San Diego Chargers
Tyler Thigpen Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
Mike Tolbert Fullback, San Diego Chargers
Maurice Simpkins Linebacker, NFL

Arts, Entertainment, and Media

Name Notability
Bailey Hanks Actress and winner of MTV's Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods
Michael Kelly Actor featured in films such as Dawn of the Dead (2004), Invincible (2006), Changeling (2008) & The Adjustment Bureau (2011).



External links

Coordinates: 33°47′41″N 79°00′42″W / 33.794722°N 79.011667°W / 33.794722; -79.011667

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