See what students say:


Students say getting an education at Coker College is “an extremely positive, nurturing experience.” Undergraduates at this small, private school say their professors are “very approachable, and you can tell that they care about your academic career.” On top of that, the academic experience is characterized by “small classes with lots of individual time with teachers outside (and sometimes inside) class.” In fact, Coker distinguishes itself by maintaining a “roundtable, interactive learning environment,” in which students are expected to participate in discussion. Needless to say, small and discussion-based classes mean there is more accountability for students, and undergrads warn that “the workload is heavy and never slacks off.” Even so, struggling students reassure us that “professors are always more than willing to make appointments, or you can just see them around campus and ask them questions.” More than just a place to get a degree, Coker College employs professors who take a personal interest in their students and help them to “grow and become independent while getting a great education at the same time.” Outside the classroom, faculty and staff truly care about their students, and “If you run into your professor[s] outside of school they will talk to you about anything.”

Student Body

It’s easy to feel at home on the Coker campus. By all accounts, “The majority of the students here are friendly and outgoing,” and “Since it’s so small . . . people know more people personally, and it keeps things from getting too cliquey.” Politically speaking, the campus is “moderate, with a slight lean toward the right,” and many students could also be described as “very Southern.” Some students express concern that “there is not enough political and religious diversity on campus,” although they note the administration’s efforts to attract a more diverse student body in recent years. Despite their common backgrounds, Coker students say, “Everyone here brings something that is unique” to the campus community. Students are “very accepting [of] new people.”

Campus Life

There are a wide variety of extracurricular activities at Coker College, but “The majority of students here are either involved in theater or play a sport.” When they aren’t on stage or on the playing field, students may be hanging out at the on-campus coffeehouse or in each other’s dorm rooms, studying, and socializing. During the warmer months, students enjoy taking advantage of Coker’s beautiful campus. The school owns a boathouse at a nearby lake; students say, “It’s a nice place to hang out when it’s hot.” Come the weekend, students tell us that, “Coker is not a party school,” although “They do have on-campus parties on Saturdays.” However, most students simply enjoy “hanging out in the dorm rooms or going out to eat.” In the surrounding community of Hartsville, Coker students take advantage of “free Fridays that allow us to bowl, skate, and eat for free,” and many say they like to “go to the local coffee shop, catch a movie for $1.50, or hang out in the local Wal-Mart.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Beth Johnson
Assistant Director of Admission

Office of Admissions
300 East College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Cobra Den
The Cobra Caf
The Student Center
The Performing Arts Center
Outdoor Volleyball Courts
The Cobra Den includes a coffee area, dance floor, and a game room.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Culinary Company
The Midnight Rooster
The Boathouse and Clubhouse at Prestwood Lake
Kalmia Gardens

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Charlotte-Douglas International, Columbia Metropolitan, and Florence Regional Airports are within a 2 hour drive from campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses are available to Florence, whick is within a 30 minute drive from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Columbia: Take I-20 to Exit 116 (Bishopville-Hwy.15). Follow Hwy. 15N to Martsville. At the 5th traffic light, turn right onto College Avenue. The college is two blocks straight. From Charlotte: Take I-77 S to I-485 S to Pineville. Take Exit 61 (Johnston Rd.) to Hwy. 521 S. to Lancaster. Take Hwy. 521 by-pass around Lancaster and exit on Hwy. 903 towards McBee/Myrtle Beach. Hwy. 903 runs into Hwy 151. Bear right and follow Hwy 151 to Hartsville. Take Alt 151 which becomes Carolina Avenue inot Hartsville. When the road forks, bear left onto Home Avenue. After the 1st stoplight, take the second right onto campus drive. From I-95: Take Exit 164 to Hwy.52 N to Darlington. Take Hwy 52 by-pass. Exit at Hwy 151 to Hartsville. Take a right onto Alt 151 which becomes 4th Street. After the 2nd stoplight, take the next right onto College Avenue. The college is one block straight. From Myrtle Beach: Take 501 W to Hwy. 576 W to Florence. Take Hwy 52 N to Darlington. Take Hwy 52 by-pass. Eixt at Hwy 151 to Hartsville. Take a right onto Alt 151 which becomes 4th Street. After the 2nd stoplight, take the next right onto College Avenue. The College is one block straight.

Local Accommodations
The Missouri Inn (843-383-9553), a bed and breakfast, is located across the street from the College. Their prices are moderate. Two national chain motels/hotels are located nearby. The Fairfield Inn is closest. Its telephone number is 843-332-9898. The Comfort Inn can be reached at 843-383-0110. Two other options are available a little further from the campus. One is a Country Inn, it's called Nealcrest Farm Bed and Breakfast, and their telephone number is 843-383-6677. A locally owned and operated hotel, the landmark Inn can be reached at 843-332-2611. Both have prices ranging from inexpensive to moderate. Mention Coker College at all of these for possible discounted rates.


Applicants: 1,112
Acceptance Rate: 56%
Average HS GPA: 3.37



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