Coastal Carolina University

February 21, 2024
Posted by
Frankie Colon


“Coastal Carolina University and our trajectory are inextricably tied to the success of our surrounding community. This is the fastest growing area in the country and our goal is to produce graduates ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow all along the Grand Strand. This partnership is key to the overall growth of our area which will inevitably lead to an increased quality of life for all our citizens.”
Michael T. Benson, President and Professor of History

About Us

Coastal Carolina University is a comprehensive, public liberal arts institution in Conway, South Carolina. More than 10,500 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 145 student clubs and organizations.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and over 30 graduate-level (doctoral, educational specialist, masters) major fields of study including specialized concentrations across seven academic colleges. Currently, the University offers the Ph.D. in two areas: marine science and education sciences. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research, and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

Impact on the Grand Strand economy

Coastal Carolina University has over 1500 employees with an estimated annual economic impact of $600 million on our local economy.

About Partnership Grand Strand
Partnership Grand Strand is a 501c3 foundation launched in 2022 by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to fund a five-year economic and community development initiative. Through investments from local businesses and partnerships with community organizations, the foundation leads and supports efforts related to four pillars of success: prosperity, talent, place and infrastructure. Through their focused endeavors, Partnership Grand Strand works to accelerate economic prosperity and enhance quality of life across Horry and Georgetown counties. 
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