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Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina


1954: On the evening of July 23, 1954, a group of citizens meet in the Horry County Memorial Library to discuss a daring proposal — the creation of a local college. Coastal Carolina Junior College opens September 20, 1954, as a branch of the College of Charleston. Fifty-three students enroll, taught by a handful of part-time faculty, with classes meeting after hours in Conway High School.

1960: The Coastal Carolina Regional Campus of USC is established.

1975: USC-Coastal Carolina College awards its first four-year degree.

1993: Coastal Carolina University becomes an independent, public institution. Ronald R. Ingle is named the university's first president.

2002: The largest freshman class in the university's history boosts enrollment to a record of more than 5,800 students. The first class of recruits for the new football team begins practice in preparation for intercollegiate play in fall 2003.

2006: The university continues record growth with 8,049 students from 44 states and 32 foreign countries enrolled for fall 2006. The freshman class has an entering SAT score of 1047 and an average high school GPA of 3.32, topping national averages in both categories. The university's operating budget hits $110 million, 12 percent of which comes from state appropriations. Ground is broken for Adkins Field House following a $1.8 million gift from Charlotte businessmen and twin brothers Mark and Will Adkins, representing the largest pledge ever received from alumni.

2007: David A. DeCenzo takes office as the second president of Coastal Carolina University on May 7, 2007; his formal inauguration ­ built around the theme "Dawning of a New Tomorrow" is set for Sept. 14. The new president appoints a Strategic Planning Steering Committee comprising all university stakeholders to examine and refine the university¹s mission, establish priorities and link strategic direction to budgeting and assessment. DeCenzo succeeds Ronald R. Ingle, who served as the university's first president when Coastal Carolina became an independent university. The total number of alumni since 1993 reaches 10,129. A record fall enrollment of approximately 8,300 students includes a freshman class of more than 1,600 students. The annual economic impact of the university tops $255 million.

2009: Fall 2009 enrollment: Approximately 8,300 students from 45 states and 38 foreign countries.