Coastal Carolina University sets record with spring enrollment

Coastal Carolina University had the largest spring enrollment in its history, with an overall increase of 2.2 percent for spring 2014.

The university had a total of 8,705 students – 8,033 undergraduates and 672 graduate students – this spring, according to the enrollment report given to the board of trustees Friday. There was an 11.6 percent increase in graduate students, as well as a 2.2 percent increase in continuing undergraduate students.

The anticipated headcount for the fall’s freshman class also was up by 5 percent from fall 2013 to 2,200, while growth for transfer students is expected to be up 6.5 percent to 830 students over the same period. Freshman acceptances are up by 3.6 percent, transfer acceptances are up by 18.1 percent, and 64.8 percent of freshmen have been accepted.

“When we meet our 9,670 fall target, it means we’ll be on target for 10,000 [students] for fall 2016,” said Greg Thornburg, vice president of enrollment services.

Thornburg said the university has held more new student receptions, programs and Saturday tours this year than in 2013, and CCU recruiters have worked harder to attract students, especially in North Carolina, where state support for education is strong and in-state tuition is not expensive. N.C. students could consider attending CCU once they know what it has to offer, and they wouldn’t have the high travel costs to consider that affect students from other areas, such as New York and New Hampshire, he said.

“We’ve got to be able to touch the families, sit down with them and tell them what we have that’s different at Coastal Carolina,” Thornburg said. “We think it’s important. It’s more of a private school model, but we feel like it works for us.”