CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Wednesday marked the first day of classes for students at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, and administrators are gearing up for another busy school year.
The admissions office at CCU estimates 8,700 students are enrolled this fall, which is a 4 percent hike from last year.
"In our freshman class, we have students from 35 different states in addition to several countries," Judy Vogt, the vice president of enrollment services, said. "The new majors that are very popular for this fall include accounting, communication, and degrees in resort tourism."
Vogt says Coastal has also seen sharp increases in transfer students and continuing students, thanks to joint programs offered in conjunction with Horry Georgetown Technical College.
University Provost Dr. Robert Sheehan says the school is also making strides in attracting non-traditional students like veterans who want to earn a college degree.
"Many of them have been studying via distance learning while they're in Iraq or Afghanistan and so they've been working hard to keep their studies up and they really are excellent students for us," Sheehan said.
G.I. Jobs Magazine recently named CCU a military friendly school, which places Coastal in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide who are committed to educating military veterans.
Sheehan says administrators are making a strong push to increase courses and services for veterans. He says the results are clear through the school's ROTC program, which has nearly tripled its participation in just the past two years.