Coastal Carolina University (Coastal or CCU) 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 9,300 students on its 630-acre (2.5 km2) campus. Baccalaureate programs are offered in 65 major fields of study, along with graduate programs in education, business administration (MBA), accountancy, coastal marine and wetland studies, and writing. Coastal Carolina is home to Kimbel Library, an academic library.
The school is composed of its main campus in Conway and also offers courses in Litchfield and 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.
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