Conway, SC
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$22,050 ($9,760)
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Reviews 893 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of the social life on campus, as there are multiple greek oriented things.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: In some areas, the rules are very strict, but in others they're not strict at all.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Housing is somewhat limited and some of the housing options are old and extremely small. However, some are higher quality with more room and they're newer, but have a higher price.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: On campus dining is sufficient. I find that it's best to rotate between them, b/c you will get tired of them if you don't. I just wish Hicks stayed open later and you could get two swipes at UP Cafe after 5pm

4 College Junior

Transportation: I think it's almost necessary to have a car here, not to get to class, the shuttle or biking is great, but to have fun. If you want to go to the beach or get food off campus, you HAVE to have a car. I don't have a car down here and I really wish I did. Most of the good off campus parties aren't within walking distance of campus or UP an if you want the bar scene it's either taxi or DD. Having a car here is VERY practical.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Over half of the student population is from out of state. Of this, a sizable majority are northerns. Unfortunately, the majority of the northerns are from New York or New Jersey (mostly New Jersey). B/c of this, the running joke on campus is that half of the student population is from New Jersey. And that's not far from the truth. There are a lot of international students on campus so odds are, you'll meet at least one. Other than that, it's not that diverse, a bunch of rich white kids.

5 College Junior

Majors: I love my department the professors are great, I love my building and the classes are cool.

4 College Junior

Majors: I came in as a transfer and it was really easy getting into my major.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: I have found that non greeks don't like greeks and the greeks stick together. Most sorority girls won't even look at guy who's not in a frat. It's not like that completely, there are a few chill frats and sororities, but in general there's a pretty bad divide between greeks and non greeks.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I was in a time crunch and they were pretty flexible, I appreciated that.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Most people drink/party to varying degrees. Saturday morning is "Hungover in Hicks" and is very interesting, everyone in there hungover, eating breakfast talking about their escapades of the previous night. It's a fun party school. The two liquor stores closest to campus don't even ID. The beer places do but it's easy to get people to buy for you and it's also easy to sneak it into UP, you just have to know how. As far as drugs go, it's college, it's easy, JUST DON'T GET CAUGHT!

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's mainly just us. We occasionally see people from USC or UNC Wilmington but it's mainly just us. Living so close to Myrtle Beach has its perks and its drawbacks. You have all of your major stores and restaurants but after mid March or so, traffic is horrific. All of the perks or Myrtle Beach are really only accessible if you have a car or know people who do and you'll find that once you get towards the halfway point in the semester, no one wants to spend gas money anymore. Overall, I'd say, it's there when you want it/ need it but campus is isolated enough that if you don't want it or need it, it won't bug you.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: UP is a mixed bag. I hear Blue Ridge and Piedmont suck, but Low Country is great. Do not get caught smoking weed in UP, THEY WILL KICK YOU OUT and forever. My building was like a big family but I know that's rare. Just get to know your neighbors and you'll have a good time. It also depends on how your RA is.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Honestly, taking the shuttle is easier. Unless it's after five, you generally have to park way far away anyway and if you park where you're not supposed to, it's a guaranteed ticket.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Cops are only there to hand out parking tickets and enforce the hypocritical rules.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This is one of Coastal's strengths, IF YOU HAVE A CAR. Since you're right off of the strip to Myrtle Beach and minutes from Broadway and the rest of Myrtle Beach, you have virtually endless options. The flip side of that though is, since you are so close to Myrtle Beach, it is a bit pricey. The major exception of course is COOKOUT! The food there is great and cheap, this is maybe the most popular place off campus especially late at night.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: In general, off campus housing is great. I GUESS it's a bit expensive. Is $500-$650 a month expensive. Coastal actually has an office who's sole purpose is helping students find off campus housing. The off campus places are extremely nice though and most of them are actually closer to campus than UP is. The only one that isn't good is UV Coast, don't ever live there! But Monarch, the Cove, Coastal Club are all crazy nice!

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't know why people say there aren't good parties here b/c there are. There's always a house party somewhere, usually the Suites or Monarch. Though these usually get broken up eventually b/c the cops are so lame, they are still a lot of fun. If you don't want to do that there's always Tongy's or Broadway. People complain about these being too expensive but not if you do it right. You just have to get drunk pre gaming and go with a large group so you only have to pay like five bucks in cab fair each way. Coastal IS a great party school!

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I HATE the policies here! The cops LOVE to break up the fun and they are everywhere. If you're smart you can still have a good time though. The first time I ever smoked weed here, I got caught. It was my first time and I had less than a gram on me and they kicked me out of campus housing forever. I'm not even allowed to visit any of my friends who live in campus housing. It is absolutely ridiculous it's not like I was dealing or anything, I was just smoking a bowl! They have zero tolerance for drugs yet they give you three strikes for underaged drinking which is also illegal, it's not fair!

5 College Junior

Weather: I love the weather here, this winter has been annoying but from what I hear this is unusual. As a northerner it's perfect, we leave the north before it gets too cold, enjoy the mild winter here and then head back up north just as it's getting unbearably hot down here. It's a great way to live.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls here are soooo attractive, it's actually a bit shocking and takes some getting used to. It's good for the most part but if you're not the most confident guy out there it can honestly be intimidating.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: People are very friendly but the shopping requires a car. We have Myrtle Beach 15-20 minutes away, so if we want night life, that is where we go, but there again...we need a car. The locals are kind to students, but again, there are some unsafe areas quite close to campus. The CCU police are really good so although there is crime, they are available to help.

College Freshman

Majors: I plan to have an internship starting either sophomore or junior year. I have looked online, and was working on attaining one during summer break back at home at CBS Chicago, but I need to be a junior in college. The hard part about getting an internship as a freshman is that I have only taken a few communication classes so I would hope to learn more from my experience at the internship, but may not have the ability to add the type of value to the 'business' since I just started school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with my classes pertaining to the Communications program. My career goal is to be in broadcasting, possibly a news anchor, or, possibly a news reporter. I also have a passion for film. I have taken classes both in high school, and college and have been told by my professor that I would make a great film director. I really enjoy learning about behind the scenes AND being on the scene of news and radio broadcasting.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The police are very good about enforcing the law. Drugs are not a huge on this campus, but alcohol is very prevalent, although alcohol is overused at every college campus I have visited.


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