Coker College Featured in New Edition of Colleges of Distinction

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – July 16, 2012 – Coker College is one of only four colleges in South Carolina featured on the 2012-13 edition of, an online guide and e-book focused on colleges and universities that appeal to students’ unique and varied interests.

“While there are obvious flaws with efforts to characterize an institution by a single number, it is imperative that students and families have reliable information as they begin the college search process,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt.

“In their determination to fairly evaluate institutions of higher learning, Colleges of Distinctions has developed a serious, comprehensive approach, and we are pleased that Coker College has been profiled again this year.  Even so, I hope that prospective students and their families will make plans to visit Coker to see it for themselves,” Wyatt added.  “No guide, however good, can substitute for a campus visit.”

“Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction recognizes colleges that excel in four key areas of educational quality and is based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, researchers and admissions professionals. Excelling in all four areas, Coker has been given an individual profile on the Colleges of Distinction website.

A sampling of some of Coker’s benefits that the editors highlighted includes:

Round Table Learning.  Capitalizing on its enviable student/faculty ratio of 10:1, Coker students are challenged to think clearly and express themselves effectively. Round Table Learning, the college’s interactive, discussion-based teaching system, which Peterson’s Smart Parent’s Guide to College praises as “a model learning experience,” means no one takes a back seat.

Faculty-mentored research. Coker students conduct their own graduate-level research with nationally renowned professors. Labs include cutting-edge equipment, such as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. Students complete significant research and frequently present at conferences throughout the country.

Study away or abroad. Coker College provides a wide array of study away opportunities through programs such as the American Institute for Foreign Studies and Central College Abroad.  In the last four years, three Coker graduates have been selected to the Fulbright Program, the government’s flagship international education exchange program.

Yale-Coker partnership. Building on a partnership with Yale’s Child Study Center, Coker College is playing a key role in a first-of-its-kind public-private initiative, now in its second year, that involves the Darlington County School District, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Sonoco implementing a comprehensive scholastic excellence program in Hartsville’s public schools.

Unrivaled natural and architectural beauty. Coker’s students make their new home-away-from-home on a campus that includes 15 acres of paths, trees, lawns, gardens (some of which are designed by world-renowned artist Pearl Fryar) and exceptional examples of Georgian-style architecture. Beyond campus, the Sory Boathouse and Clubhouse a few blocks away gives students access to Prestwood Lake, and nearby the 30-acre Kalmia Gardens of Coker College adjoins a 700-acre nature preserve.

The Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. A $6.5 million facility, the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center houses the Department of Dance, Music and Theater and includes include a 466-seat proscenium theater, audio and video editing suites, a black box theater, two dance studios, a music recording studio and a rehearsal room.

Alumni success.  Coker students arrive ready to learn and graduate ready to change the world. Within six months of graduation, 93 percent of Coker students are working full-time or attending graduate school.

COW Days. Coker Olympics of Winter, one of the institution’s most unique and treasured traditions, takes center stage one week at the beginning of every February. Each class competes in Coker’s version of Olympic events in hopes of earning the title of C.O.W. Days Champions. The unusual competition includes activities such as a hot wing eating, tug of war, lip sync, Miss Cow Pageant and the Coker Hunk Contest and culminates with the playing of the C.O.W. Day games on Saturday.

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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. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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