Coker College Profile

Coker College offers personalized learning, where students can customize their own education through double majors or designing their own, studying abroad, completing internships and becoming involved in campus life. The College has instituted a four-year plan that places an emphasis on professional and career preparation at all stages of the academic experience.

Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Hartsville offers a friendly atmosphere, traditional neighborhoods, convenient shopping, dining and a choice of hotels and B&Bs.

Coker began in 1894 as Welsh Neck High School when Major James Lide Coker (1837-1918) used his initiative and financial support to charter a private academy. When South Carolina created a statewide public school system in 1908, the Major lead the transformation of the academy into Coker College for Women. Coker became co-educational in 1969, although men had been taking classes at the College since the end of World War II.

Classes average 12 students. A distinguishing feature of every Coker education, “Round Table Learning” brings students and professors together in small groups for discussion and exploration. Coker officially instituted Round Table Learning in 1985. Recently, Peterson’s Smart Parent’s Guide to College called it “a model learning experience.”

In 2010, Dr. Joseph Flaherty, biology, received a $500,000+ National Science Foundation grant to support new undergraduate biology research. The Foundation also recognizes Dr. Flaherty as one of the nation’s leading teacher-scholars.

The National Survey of Student Engagement ranked Coker College in the top 10 percent of all institutions for providing students with a supportive campus environment, enriching educational experiences, student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning and a high level of academic challenge.

U.S. News & World Report named Coker one of America’s “Best College” for the 15th consecutive year, and The Princeton Review ranked Coker a “Best Southeastern College” for the seventh consecutive year.

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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