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This school is one of the newer state colleges in Georgia, founded around 60 years ago, in 1961. For the first several decades, the College of Coastal Georgia was initially a community college called Brunswick College. The current name, College of Coastal Georgia, was implemented in 1996. About 12 years later, the school announced that it would expand its campus and academic options and it officially became a four-year college with the addition of its first baccalaureate degrees in 2011.

As the name implies, the campus is on Georgia’s coast in the Golden Isles. Not only does the campus draw people in for its picturesque view, but the location also contributes to hands-on experience for students studying coastal ecology, tourism management, and environmental science.

Overview of College of Coastal Georgia

In terms of degrees, the College of Coastal Georgia offers both bachelor’s and associate study programs in four different schools: Arts and Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, Education and Teacher Preparation, and Business and Public Management.

The campus lifestyle offers plenty of opportunities for students to develop new skills and learn the importance of serving the community. The College of Coastal Georgia encourages giving back to the community through service opportunities and internships in the local community. With over 50 clubs, including multiple sports teams, students can explore their various areas of interest.

General Information

School Type Primarily Associate's, Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 21%
Year Founded 1961

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,546


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,135
Female 2,411

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 521
Female 1,264


Male 458
Female 1,100

Acceptance Rate87%

Male 88%
Female 87%

Enrollment 668

Male 206
Female 462
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 5
Common Application Accepted N/A

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The overall tuition has been dropping over the past couple of years. For in-state students, a recent academic year’s tuition was $3,933, while out-of-state students paid $10,893. Both of these prices are about 17% less than in the previous school year. On top of tuition, the average price of books and supplies is $1,750. Living expenses can range from $5,618 for those living off-campus with family or not on college property to $10,328 for those living in the campus dorms.

The total price to study at the College of Coastal Georgia depends on whether the student comes from another state and where they choose to live. The lowest total cost would be for an in-state student living with family, and the total would be around $11,300. For out-of-state students living on campus, the full tuition can reach $28,535.

There are numerous types of financial aid that the students at the College of Coastal Georgia receive, from Pell grants to local scholarships. About 88% have some type of financial assistance. With these grants and scholarships, the average net price (the cost students paid after financial aid was applied) for a recent academic year was $12,255. To calculate what a specific student’s net cost would be, you can use the college’s financial calculator.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $12,341
Average Total Aid $5,390
Students Receiving Financial Aid 84%
Room & Board $10,328

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $3,933
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $10,839
  • Books and Supplies - $1,750
  • Room & Board - $10,328
  • Other - $5,618


There are just over 3,500 students completing their undergraduate studies at the College of Coastal Georgia. For every 19 students, there is one faculty member. This number is slightly above the average ratio of 18 to 1. Even with a relatively small campus, the classes are still reasonably large, similar to a general high school class, but nowhere near the crammed classes of some state schools.

Since the campus is small, many students start their college education there but then decide to transfer to another school to finish their degree. The graduation rate for students who began their degree in 2013 is only 27%, while the transfer-out rate is 38%.

Of the students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, only 6% of those that started in 2011 graduated in the allotted 4-year period. Likewise, 11% of those that began in 2013 graduated in four years. 23% of students that entered in 2011 finished within six years, while 27% of 2013 first-year students graduated in six years. An even higher percentage of those that started in 2011 (24%) finished within eight years. These numbers are significantly lower than the national average, but again, transfer rates can account for many of the students who do not technically graduate from this school, but they can be assumed to have graduated somewhere.

The retention rate of students is a little over 50%. For full-time students that started studying in 2018, 56% returned the following year to continue their degree. Based on these numbers, many students opt to continue their education elsewhere or choose to take a lighter workload, prolonging their college education.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,546

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 67 Total Graduates / 24%
Business/Commerce, General 63 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 4 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 58 Total Graduates / 21%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 45 Graduates
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 13 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 44 Total Graduates / 16%
Psychology, General 44 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 26 Total Graduates / 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 26 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21 Total Graduates / 8%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 21 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 23%

Outcome & Salary

The outcome of students studying at the College of Coastal Georgia varies depending on their time commitment and whether they have previously studied at the college level. For full-time students that pursued their degree for their first time in 2011, 41% decided to go to another college. Only 9% received an associate degree, and 11% received their bachelor’s degree.

Part-time students that were not getting a degree for the first time had a much higher graduation rate. Fourteen percent earned their associate degree, while 13% received a bachelor’s and still another 38% went on to another school. According to these numbers, many students choose to go to the College of Coastal Georgia to start their college education and then move onto a different school.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $43,200
College Grads Average Salary $46,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $76,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $460,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,224,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $49,364
10 Year Projected ROI $410,636
20 Year Projected ROI $1,174,636
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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