“Let me start off by saying that IMay 11 2012Other
ACADEMICS: I come from a school that pretty much required you to take at least 1 AP class and all the teachers preached how hard college was, but I honestly thought high school was harder for me. I don't know if college in general is easy for me or it was Coastal that was easy but I got a 4.0 first semester and a 3.7 the second. Classes aren't very hard for the most part but sometimes you get professors that think they teach at Harvard and make the class much harder than it should be and you will struggle. As long as you do the work you shouldn't do too bad and the tests are fairly easy, just remember you're at school not a full time party because that is why a lot of people fail.
Teachers are fairly accessible and willing to help but generally only during their office hours (which can be hard to make) and there are academic labs you can go to for help. (Little note about the academic labs: they are run by students so some times its a toss up whether or not you should actually go and you have to schedule an appointment).
HOUSING: Comparatively, its not too bad, but its definitely not the best and is lacking in a few areas. The UP option the school offers is great because they are legit apartments but that is off campus and you either have to drive to campus or take the bus to get to class but its only like 1/4 of a mile away. But if you're stuck in the main campus dorms it kinda sucks; things are fixed very minimally and previously fixed things tend to break, you're matched with roommates at random so you often find yourself living with people you don't like, and its loud at night and people don't care about others sleeping and neither do the RAs (the only time your RA really does anything is when they have mandatory meetings to give or check in/out). While there are many downsides to the dorms, the good side is that there are many options for housing in terms of having your own room or living with people (you don't have to share a room if you don't want to) and they are quite spacious.
PEOPLE: This is always one of the main things that I look for when I'm looking at schools because to me it is actually most important because the people will make or break your experience. There are nice people here, there really are, but for the most part a lot of people are stuck up. The people all start looking like clones soon after you get used to the place because a lot of people look the same, dress the same, and act the same. And some people will seriously have you question how they got accepted to college as well. It is very cliquish and somehow people find their friends before they arrive and people don't tend to travel outside of their groups. There is diversity within the university but you have to look for it sadly. If you are not very outgoing or are looking for a school that has students that really care about academics, I would advise against coming here because I think it would be hard for you. (I know this may sound harsh but this is my honest opinion of the people).
CAMPUS: The campus is very nice and it definitely reflects the "beachy-ness" that most people come here looking for. The school was started in the 50's so everything is fairly new and most of the buildings are very nice. They are continuing to expand and build up which is nice but a lot of times the construction is an annoyance and things aren't getting built/done on schedule. The campus is very small so it doesn't require much walking but at the same time it leaves little room for exploration. A major downside is the location of the school; it is situated in the middle of two highways so it makes walking anywhere almost impossible and it is very hard to get around without a car. If you do have a car, there is no such thing as a 2 minute drive because things are very spread apart and you will hit about every light. As far as the beach goes, its not a 10 minute ride, its about a 20-30 minute drive but its nice when you get there.
FOOD: This may not be a typical category for people to look at but I think it should be so I'm going to tell you about it. There are only two places to eat on campus, the cafeteria and CINO grill, the latter is better but much more expensive. The food in the cafeteria isn't bad but it gets pretty old quick because there aren't many options and they don't switch it up enough. If you're into health food or just eating "well" in general its going to be kind of hard for you because they don't really give the health options you'd like to see, they provide the usual things like salads and vegetables but not much more. You will live off the crap you buy at Walmart or where ever you get your food, like mac and cheese or ramen, because sometimes you won't feel like going out to eat and sometimes you just don't want what they are serving. The only coffee place on campus is Java City and even though I haven't had it, I hear its not very great but coffee is coffee and if you need it you take it. I definitely think the food options is an area where the school should expand.I am transferring because this isn't the right school for me and I am pretty disappointed because the summer before school started I was so excited to come and by the end I was counting down the days until its done. I do know a lot of people that love the school and didn't want to go home and I am very happy for them and wish that was me but it wasn't. Please keep in mind that this school does have a high transfer rate so do all your research and choose what ever school you plan on going to based on who you are not necessarily who you want to be. Just go into college with and open mind and goals and you should be fine. Good luck and I hope you choose the right school.
“I am a out of state student fromMar 05 2012Other
“I have been a student of Coastal forFeb 14 2012Unknown
I am from the beach so I partly came here because it is "close" to the beach and considered a "decent" party school not going to lie. What you hear about it being like the "jersey shore" here is undeniably true. Guido's run ramped and girls are pretty stuck up not saying i'm not freinds with a lot of them but it is true. As a typical surfer/beach kid myrtle beach is not the place to be and if you grew up at the beach you will understand what I am getting at, most people are from the north and if you are from the NC, VA, MD area you will soon find there wont be a lot of people to relate to right off the bat. the "hick" town of conway resists the university being well engrained in the local community and myrtle beach is the trashiest town on the east coast with absolutely no local culture at all besides catering to tourists and alcoholism. Once you get past all the so called glits and glamour" of the advertised city of myrtle you will relize the locals are mostly poor trailer trash that you will want nothing to do with. The school is between 2 highways which will give you constant traffic and you will never truely live in a real neighborhood just some subdivisions thrown up off the highway which the house some locals that have worked their whole life to live in and college kids, and the locals will hate you for it. As much as I like to party the scene is rather dissapointing and you will have to make your own fun parties fill up and quickly get busted. Don't get me wrong I love to party and have a blast but you will soon find that there isn't much to else to do, and it will eventually start to get to you and wear you down, it gets to be a repetative cycle and you will be doing the same stuff over and over again. All the "fun" activities offered in myrtle are the exact opposite of cheap because they are intended for tourists. The local police see the university as an easy money maker, the coastal cops will bust parties and stuff but are relatively chill about things and just like to keep things in order, but the local police will be the ones to heavily patrol around campus and try to arrest people walkingout of these parties that are already busted and will post up by campus giving students tickets and everything of that nature, All when our tuition funds a university police force that is capable of doing the same exact thing without the focused intention of screwing you over. With that being said the university is extremely greedy and will try to suck out every penny they can out of you, tuition for out of state is through the roof 30 grand and don't expect that money to do anything else than to just giving you the gratitude of being able to say you attend coastal every other little thing you do there is a seperate expense..dorms are more than it is to live off campus and you must do so for 2 years (which you can get out of) and you will be living 5 people in a 4 room apartment.
I could go on for hours but the thing is its not a horrible place it is just dolled up to be much better than it really is there a great people to be found and friended here but it will take alot to sypher through the B.S. and people that think it is some extension of a private northern highschool. Living in conway way is a problem in itself and going to the moral trash dump that is called myrtle beach is far from paradise. I have had thoughts of transferring since the day I got hear and have mademyself well at home yet those thoughts have still never left my head.P.S. as I said earlier this school will take try to take every penny they can get from you, do not expect to graduate in 4 years advisors will seem to "forget" to tell you some required courses that you need to take to graduate that you should have taken in your freshmen year when you are now a senior I have seen it happen to many many friends. be prepared for an extra, semester, year, maymester, summer courses.