The Coker Difference
We work together to learn, lead, and inspire. Here, you’ll define what it means to be a leader and discover who you want to be.
Coker University Mission
Coker University is a student-centered, comprehensive university. It is dedicated to providing every student an academic curriculum based upon a uniformly excellent liberal arts core that enhances the structured development of key personal skills.
The University’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.
Who do you want to be?
Who do you want to be? At Coker, you’ll join a community ready to support you as you figure out what you want to do and who you ultimately want to be. From academics to arts and athletics, our outstanding programs help you grow, connect, explore, and thrive.
Coker University is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to promote active participation in and out of the classroom. Our engaging, close-knit community prepares students with the confidence and skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.
Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Redefining undergraduate research, Coker students present at local and regional conferences and competitions — leading change in the workforce and beyond. Our students go on to be leaders in industry, government, and the military. They lead companies, not-for-profits, and battalions.
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Located in downtown Hartsville, our main campus covers 15 acres of scenic grounds and historic buildings. The City of Hartsville offers a small-town feel with big amenities — the convenience of local eateries and retail establishments, and plenty of entertainment venues, all within walking distance of campus.
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At Coker, you’ll develop your leadership skills through opportunities to be heard in the classroom, challenge the status quo, connect, and interact with thought leaders, and be successful engaging in your passions and purpose. Coker students feel at home here and freely share unique perspectives with peers.
add remove 03. Admissions
When food delivery, car service, and watching a movie can all be done instantly – why should you wait for an admissions decision? We’ve removed barriers that other schools have and made the process simple.
All you have to do is apply and send in your transcripts. Easy as that.
add remove 04. Students
Coker’s student body is diverse and inclusive. With nearly 1,000 students from 33 states and 16 countries, our student population is 60 percent female with a strong minority influence. At Coker, we celebrate multicultural backgrounds and the unique ideas and experiences each student brings to campus, the classroom, the studio, and the locker room.
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Our faculty are also leaders in their fields, subject matter experts and fully invested in their students. More than 95 percent of all full-time faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you won’t need to compete for mentorship, academic support, or getting involved in research early at Coker.
add remove 06. Academics and Career Preparation
Coker provides a unique college experience with tailored course offerings to fit your focus. Our signature round table learning brings students and professors together in small groups for discussions that encourage critical thinking, teamwork, and the type of problem solving required by today’s leaders. The traditional undergraduate program offers nearly 60 areas of study, including new allied health programs— or you can design your own major.
add remove 07. Campus Life
From science club to chamber singers, Coker creates opportunities for you to find your niche, fulfill your passions, and continue developing your leadership skills outside of the classroom. Discover student organizations focused on academics, arts and culture, campus life, leadership, and more. Students also enjoy access to scenic Prestwood Lake at Sory Boathouse and Clubhouse, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the vibrant landscape at Kalmia Gardens, Coker’s nearby 30-acre botanical gardens.
add remove 08. Residence Life
Students who live on campus are safe and supported within our close-knit residential community. Coker offers nine diverse residence halls, ranging from traditional community suites to apartment-style living. Students become leaders as residence assistants creating thriving communities within our halls. The Susanne G. Linville Dining Hall is the perfect spot to share a meal with friends or take a study break at Starbucks coffee without having to leave campus.
add remove 09. Athletics
The Coker Cobras offer student athletes the opportunity to lead in 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. Our campus includes a 22-acre complex for outdoor sports, and the state-of-the-art DeLoach Center features a 1,908-seat gymnasium, an auxiliary gym, interactive classrooms, a student-athlete only weight room, campus fitness center, athletic offices, and more.
add remove 10. Accreditation
Coker University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Coker University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Cobras redefine leadership
Coker University is focused on your success. You are why we’re here. We respect where you come from, we celebrate where you are in life, and we are committed to your future and leadership development. Our mission is to help you define your path and achieve your dreams and goals for the future.
From our flexible degree options to a liberal arts core that develops your academic knowledge, and leadership skills, we are here to give you a superior education and college experience.
We measure success by the mark our students make on this world. Our shared desire is to be a launchpad for you to celebrate a lifetime of personal and professional leadership. Coker provides a firm foundation for your future success, and we can’t wait to see how high you soar.
We Do This Together
Classes at Coker University are designed so you can expand your knowledge and engage in a meaningful way with other students, faculty members, and the world at large.
We built our programs around a Round Table Learning model, an approach that compels a culture of excellence, empathy, enthusiasm and a classroom focused on building leaders. Opportunities for student involvement and interactive discussion provide a unique classroom experience where you’ll share ideas, develop communication and collaboration skills, and grow in confidence.
At Coker, you won’t be lost in the back of a large lecture hall. Our small class structure and supportive campus environment are designed to create meaningful exchanges. By learning, working, and growing together, you’ll define what being a leader means to make the world a better place.
May 04, 2023
Coker University to host spring Commencement events
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, Coker University will recognize the graduating class of 2023. Both bachelor’s and mas…
Apr 17, 2023
2023 Student Research Symposium
Coker University’s Student Research Symposium will be held Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19from 3:1…