About Coker


Coker College is a student-centered, comprehensive college. It is dedicated to providing every student enrolled in the Day Program and in the Adult Degree Program an academic curriculum based upon a uniformly excellent liberal arts core that enhances the structured development of key personal skills.

The College’s goal is to graduate students with the ability to think analytically and creatively, and to write and speak effectively.

Experiences both in and out of the classroom are focused on active student involvement and the practical application of academic knowledge that lead to lifelong learning. Coker measures its success by the personal and professional accomplishments enjoyed by all members of the academic community.

Fast Facts

Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom.


  • Approximately 1,250 undergraduate men and women from 28 states and 14 countries
  • Student body: 67 percent female; 33 percent male; 40 percent African American; 46 percent all minorities
  • Located in Hartsville, S.C., where the climate offers a warm winter alternative to ice and snow; Hartsville averages 69°F, September to May
  • Within two hours of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach


Academic Departments: Art; Behavioral & Social Sciences; Business Administration; Communication, Language & Literature; Dance, Music & Theater; Wiggins School of Education; Physical Education & Sport Studies; Science & Mathematics; Social Work

  • Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Science in College Athletic Administration
  • 50 areas of study
  • 63 full-time faculty; 90 percent holding a doctorate or highest equivalent degree
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size: 12
  • Central curriculum focusing on the liberal arts, offering hands-on, engaged learning in diverse forms to provide students with the skills, knowledge and habits of mind that will provide the foundation for lives that are satisfying personally and professionally
  • Offers a pre-professional program in law, a premed track in the sciences, a major in medical technology and a pre-professional writing major in English
  • Adult Degree Program, provides flexible, convenient evening programs for working adults at multiple locations, including Hartsville, Mullins/Marion and Lake City
  • Students have the option of completing a research-intense honors project
  • “Round Table Learning” brings students and professors together in small groups for discussion and exploration
  • Many internship and study abroad opportunities available throughout the United States and internationally, coordinated through the Center for Engaged Learning
  • Coker​ ​College desires to resolve student complaints and concerns in a​ fair and timely​ manner. Students who ​would like to report​ a grievance should follow the ​process for reporting complaints, which is​ found in the Student Handbook (LINK 1). ​If​ an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your ​state.​ The SC Commission for Higher Education​ (LINK 2)​ responds to formal complaints against public, independent non-profit and proprietary institutions of higher education in South Carolina.
  • The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency​ (LINK 3)​ list provides contact information for state education agencies. The State Contact Information in the linked list has been collected by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), and it will be updated as additional information becomes available.
  • Coker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. [Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Coker College.]


  • Admission: Selective
  • Admission Type: Rolling Admission (Preferred Application Deadline is March 15th)
  • Average GPA: 3.1
  • Average SAT Score: 1010-1050 (Reading and Math sections)
  • Average ACT Score: 21-24

Once an application is complete, a decision is made by the admissions committee within 2 weeks.

Merit Based Scholarships: Merit based awards are determined by a student's GPA and test score. Scholarships range from $4,000-$12,000 a year/for 4 years. Notification of a merit scholarship will come via letter one week after your acceptance letter.

Student Life

More than 30 student organizations serving a wide range of interests

  • Numerous intramural sports and wellness activities
  • Student, faculty and professional choral, orchestral and theatrical performances
  • Public performances and lectures featuring national and international authorities and artists
  • Community service program nationally recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • First Year Experience, a component of the Four Year Plan, guides students through their freshmen year
  • Numerous opportunities for campus leadership like Student Government, Resident Assistants and Coker Commissioners
  • World Scholars Program for top academic students engages scholars in intellectually stimulating activities to cultivate a keen awareness of world cultures

The Campus

15 acres featuring Georgian-style buildings, several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Computers: Computer labs offer access to PC and Macs. Wireless internet is available throughout the entire campus.
  • Laboratories: Student-based research defines the Coker difference; labs include such leading-edge equipment as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • Library: The state-of-the-art Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library-Information Technology Center. It is the academic heart of the campus.
  • Residence halls: Nine halls, ranging from community suites to apartment-style living.
  • Dining: Susanne G. Linville Dining Hall, the Cobra Cafe, the Pizza Shop and Java City

Athletics and Recreation

19 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports; member of the South Atlantic Conference

  • 19 NCAA Division II, South Atlantic teams: baseball (M), basketball (M, W), cross country (M,W), golf (M, W),lacrosse (M,W), soccer (M, W), tennis (M, W), softball (W), volleyball (M,W), wrestling (M); also cheer and dance; scholarships available
  • 22-acre complex for baseball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and a 9-hole disc golf course
  • An aerobic fitness area
  • Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium houses basketball and volleyball events
  • Golf practices at Hartsville Country Club
  • Sory Boathouse and Clubhouse provides students with access to Prestwood Lake
  • Also nearby is the 30-acre Kalmia Gardens of Coker College
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Contact Information

Office of Admissions (DAY)
Phone: 843.383.8050
Phone (Toll Free): 1.800.950.1908
Fax: 843.383.8056

Office of Admissions (Adult Degree Program)
Elaine Hodges |
Phone: 843.383.8030

Admissions Staff

Office of Financial Aid
Phone: 843.383.8055
Phone (Toll Free): 1.800.950.1908
Fax: 843.383.8159

Financial Aid Staff

Coker College
300 East College Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550