CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A new semester has begun at Coastal Carolina University and by driving around campus, it's easy to notice that there are a lot of out of state students just by looking at license plates.
According to statistics from the university's institutional research, there were 1,574 of new out of state students to enroll at CCU in the fall of 2010. Anticipated enrollment for new out of state students for the fall of 2014 has increased to 1,800 students.
In 2013, the top five states that students came from, excluding South Carolina were: New Jersey with 690 students; New York with 540 students; Maryland with 532 students; Virginia with 416 students and Pennsylvania with 415 students.
Preliminary growth from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 shows a 11.3 percent increase in total out of state students.
Pennsylvania had the biggest growth in out-of-state students with 81 more students from their state in 2014 than 2013.
The top states with increase in students coming to CCU Fall 2014 from their state were: Connecticut with a 29.15 percent increase; North Carolina with a 18.47 percent increase; Massachusetts with a 16.72 percent increase; Pennsylvania with a 15.52 percent increase and Virginia with an 11.29% increase.
Not only do out of state students attend Coastal Carolina University, but students also come from abroad. There were 162 new international students enrolled at CCU in the fall semester of 2013. CCU welcomed 17 students from Russia, the most students from a different country. According to preliminary numbers, 163 international students were expected to enroll in Fall 2014.
The final numbers will be released in October 2014.