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Coastal Carolina University ranked as one of the bets value schools in the US


Coastal Carolina University is ranked No. 5 on the Best Value Schools (South) list released by U.S. News & World Report for 2022. The Best Value category calculation takes into account the school’s academic quality and net cost of attendance. Coastal has earned high rankings in the Best Value category consistently for the past 10 years; this is the fifth consecutive year CCU has been ranked in the top six.

“Coastal Carolina University is committed to offering our students a well-rounded liberal arts education at a reasonable cost,” said CCU President Michael T. Benson. “Our continual inclusion in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings validates the hard work of all of our administration, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to ensure students have access to higher education, earn their degrees, and are prepared to become productive citizens in their communities.”


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Of the 58 Southern universities in the Best Value category, the No. 5 ranking places CCU ahead of other state public institutions such as The Citadel (21st), Winthrop University (43rd), and the College of Charleston (51st).

“We are so pleased by our placement in the Best Value category,” said Dan Ennis, CCU’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “Parents are justifiably concerned about rising tuition. Too many students are compelled to take on crippling debt in order to secure the education needed for a modern economy. Coastal has taken steps to keep tuition flat and find efficiencies, and those efforts are reflected in that ranking.”

Coastal Carolina was also ranked on the following six lists (South):

  • No. 48 in Regional Universities (tie).
  • No. 15 in Most Innovative Schools.
  • No. 15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie).
  • No. 21 in Top Public Schools (tie).
  • No. 21 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie).
  • No. 56 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie).

CCU moved up 14 spots on the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility, which recognizes schools that support economically disadvantaged students. According to U.S. News, this indicator measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.


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For the third straight year, the University has been named to the Best Undergraduate Teaching category, which is a result of U.S. News asking top college administrators to name the schools they think put a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.

CCU continues its ranking for Regional Universities in the South. Regional universities are defined as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate programs, some master’s programs, and few doctoral programs. Institutions are ranked in four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

Coastal Carolina has a total enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and offers baccalaureate degrees in 95 major fields of study. Among CCU’s graduate-level programs are 27 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and two doctoral programs – the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science, and the Ph.D. in education.

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