Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the Office of Admissions is committed to assisting you in this process. We offer guided tours, special Saturday visitation programs and the chance to meet one-on-one with an Admissions counselor—it's all part of our personal touch. Do not hesitate to contact any staff member with your Admissions questions and concerns at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Name: Cynthia Johnston
Title: Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Transfer & Non-Traditional Students
Territory: Re-Admitted Students, Non-Degree Seeking Students
Educational Background: B.A. in Criminology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education
What do you like most about CCU's location? Conway, SC is 9 miles from the coast, so you get to live near a historic small town, but can still be at the beach and the resort area of Myrtle Beach in 15 minutes!
What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? Make sure you take a campus tour of the school you are planning to attend to find out if it is the right school for you.
What is your favorite place on campus? Blanton Park is my favorite place on campus. It is located in front of the Singleton Building which is the oldest building on campus, but the park is the newest green area on campus. Check it out when you visit!
Name: Kenley Jones
Title: Senior Associate Director of Admissions, International Students
Territory: International Students
Educational Background: B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration
Why do you think students should pick Coastal? Coastal Carolina is the optimal size. It is large enough to provide a large assortment of academic programs and ways for students to get involved, but small enough where the intimacy and personalization that is so important to the college experience is not lost.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Myrtle Beach/Conway area? Try the endless offerings of Hibachi restaurants in the area. Myrtle Beach/Conway loves its Hibachi!
What is the #1 song on your IPOD? Home by Awa....it's all about Island Music!
Derek Doss, class of 2008
Name: Derek Doss
Title: Associate Director of Admissions
Territory: Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties: Charleston, Georgetown, Horry), Tennessee
Educational Background: B.S. in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Higher Education
How has campus changed since you were a student? Coastal has changed in such an amazing way, since I graduated in 2008. The facilities that students have now can only make the student experience better. There are more clubs and organizations, campus recreation options, more athletics, and so much more. It's very exciting to watch Coastal change right in front of my eyes.
What is your favorite place on campus? Baseball & Softball fields. I've always loved the games of baseball and softball. I enjoy going to the games and supporting students pursuing their athletics and academic goals. There is nothing like spending a spring day at the ball field!
What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator?
Tasha Newcomb, class of 2008
Name: Tasha Newcomb
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties: Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Kershaw, Marion, Marlboro), - Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Educational Background: B.A. in English
Why did you choose Coastal? I toured schools from Florida to North Carolina but immediately felt at home when I visited Coastal Carolina. I loved the location, my student tour guide was excited and energetic, and it was a place that I could see myself calling home.
What is your favorite part of working in admissions? I truly love meeting families and new students. Being able to make a difference in a student's college search is the best part of my day. As an alumna and Coastal staff member, I've been here for more than a decade and I love sharing my experiences, putting nerves at ease, and helping students transition to college.
What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? If you are considering a common major such as management, psychology, communication, biology, etc. look beyond your major. Just about every college in America offers those degrees so ask yourself, "What else do I want in a college?" Consider class-room size, tuition costs, campus clubs and organization, leadership opportunities, location…anything that's important to you and try to find a school that meets those priorities.
Name: Rebecca Johnson
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties: Berkeley, Greenville), North Carolina
Educational Background: B.A. in Psychology and M.B.A. in Business Administration
What advice can you give to prospective students about finding the right school? VISIT! Brochures filled with campus photos are a great way to get an idea of what the campus environment might be like, but they will not give you the complete picture. Visit the schools you are considering to find out if it is the right fit for you.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I'm new to the area. But so far I have been very impressed with the friendliness of the community—from campus, to the grocery store, to the beach. Everyone says "hi" with a smile. They have made my family and I feel at home.
What are three things we would always find in your refrigerator? Kale, granny smith apples and almond milk. But let's be honest—I'll most likely be eating Mac & Cheese.
Name: Caitlin Jacobs
Title: Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Territory: Transfer Students and Second-Degree Seeking Students - Last names beginning with A - E, Health Administration Completion and Nursing Completion majors
Educational Background: B.S. in Communication Studies and M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education
What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? Escape to Huntington Beach State park.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Black Widow from Marvel Comics
What is your favorite part of working in admissions? Meeting all kinds of people from various backgrounds and helping them go from where they are to where they want to be.
Kelly Harer, class of 2011
Name: Kelly Harer
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg), Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, New Jersey (Last names beginning with A - M), Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Educational Background: B.S.B.A. in Management
What is your favorite memory at CCU? My favorite memory at CCU is having the opportunity to attend PowerShift—a conference dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues. Over 10,000 students from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. to fight for clean energy; it was such an amazing experience to be part of such a large and powerful movement.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I love spending time on the Waccamaw River in Conway. I love the tranquil black water, which is vastly different from what I'm used to seeing (I'm originally from Pennsylvania). CCU makes it really easy, since I am able to rent kayaks and paddleboards directly from the school.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? The Doctor (Doctor Who). He has the ability to travel through time and space, is incredibly intelligent, knows what to do in every situation, and fights for justice. Sounds great to me!
Paul Scheuer, class of 2005
Name: Paul Scheuer
Title: Transfer Admissions Counselor
Territory: Transfer Students and Second-Degree Seeking Students - Last names beginning with F - P
Educational Background: B.A. in Art Studio
How has campus changed since you were a student? I started at Coastal in the fall of 2001, and it has grown tremendously. The student population has more than doubled but the biggest change has to be all the new buildings. The Football field was added, along with Adkins Field house, The HTC Center, University Place, The Swain Science building, updated Baseball and Softball facilities, The Bryan Information Commons, Blanton Park, Brittain Hall, new parking lots, and the police station. I am sure I am missing something but the growth of the university is definitely something I am proud of.
What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is actually the entire campus! I love walking around and seeing the changes but also the diverse and friendly student population that we have.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? I love the water! If I'm not at the beach, I'm on the boat, canoe or paddleboard. My favorite hobby is definitely spending time in and around water.
Thomas Maxey, class of 2012
Name: Thomas Maxey
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, Williamsburg), Connecticut, District of Columbia, New York, Ohio
Educational Background: B.S.B.A. in Marketing
How has campus changed since you were a student? Since I transferred to Coastal in 2009, the campus has grown tremendously. I believe there have been around 10-12 additional building and/or renovations that have significantly improved the campus. It is exciting to be at a campus that is growing.
What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is Prince Lawn. This area is so beautiful and I almost always run into a friend there. Furthermore, there are usually several events that take place here that make it more enjoyable.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area? My favorite thing to do in Myrtle Beach is by far going to the beach with friends. To me, there is nothing I would rather do than spend a day with friends at the beach and relaxing.
Name: Lyle Morris
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Freshman Students - South Carolina (counties: Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Spartanburg, York), Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey (Last names beginning with N - Z), Pennsylvania
Educational Background: B.S. in Biology
What is your favorite memory at CCU? My favorite memory at CCU so far is attending the basketball home opener vs. Ole Miss and getting rowdy with 3,600 other Chants.
What do you like most about CCU's location? I can easily access a number of championship golf courses and the beach. You can't beat that!
What is the #1 most played song on your iPod? Without a doubt, it is "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley.
Name: Amanda Craddock
Title: Director of Admissions
Educational Background: B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Administration, Supervision, and Leadership
What is something that prospective students may not know about Coastal? CCU is the fastest growing public university in South Carolina. In addition to student growth, we are changing the landscape of the campus with the construction of new buildings. Since 2011, we have opened the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center, the Bryan Information Commons, Brittain and Swain Halls. Construction is currently underway on a second new science building, new residence halls, and an expansion and renovation of the student union. These improvements will benefit both new and future students. Plus Coastal has also been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges Buys" making us a great value for the quality of education we offer.
What is your favorite part of working in admissions? The students! The college application process can be such an exciting time and I enjoy working with students to help them find a school that is the best fit for them. It is an honor to work with all students to make attending college a reality. I can't imagine having a different career that would be as rewarding.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? It would be a toss-up between Jo March from Little Women and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby. Both are characters from my two favorite books.
|For students in territories not listed above, please contact the Office of Admissions at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 to speak with an Admissions counselor.|