Pass through Coker University’s campus entrance and you find 15-acres of paths, lawns, trees and Georgian-style buildings – some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At the center of campus is Davidson Hall (1910), home to the College’s famous Round Table classrooms as well as faculty offices. Behind Davidson is the Bell Tower (1914), the campus landmark that holds the original school bell of the College’s 1894 predecessor, Welsh Neck High School.
In the David R. and May R. Coker Center (1973), you will find the Office of Student Services (including campus life & SGA), the Center for Engaged Learning (study abroad & internships, campus services), Career Services, the bookstore, the campus post office and the Cobra Cafe.
The $6.5 million Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center (1997) houses the Department of Dance, Music and Theater, and provides facilities for the Communication Program. The Center is one of the most advanced facilities in the country for the dance, theater, music and communication studies. Its state-of-the-art features include a 466-seat proscenium theater, audio and video editing suites, a black box theater, two dance studios, and a music recording studio and rehearsal room. The Center adjoins the newly re-modeled Margaret Coker Lawton Music Building (1952).
Adjacent to both facilities, renowned topiary artist Pearl Fryar has created a unique garden.
The Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library-Information Technology Center(2007) houses over 100,000 volumes, including books, periodicals, audio recordings (vinyl, cassette and CD), DVDs and videos. The library subscribes to more than 570 periodicals. The hub of academic life at the College, this state-of-the-art facility provides unparalleled access to learning and teaching resources by merging the traditional library with the educational potential of the Internet and new technology. The LITC also houses a Java City cafe.
Across East Carolina Avenue is Coker ‘s 22-acre athletics complexwith baseball, softball, soccer and tennis facilities.
Located adjacent to campus on East Carolina Avenue are the Saleeby House, home to Coker’s athletics program, the Department of Education Building, the Office of Business Operations (human resource, accounting, accounts payable) and the Physical Plant.
The Administration Building (1916), formerly the private residence of David R. and May R. Coker, houses the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the Office of Academic Records and the Office of Marketing & Communications.
Drengaelen House (1924) was built by James Coker II, a son of college founder Major James Lide Coker. On the second floor is the Office of Development, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The first floor is a venue for special events.
A few blocks away from the campus is the Sory Boathouse and Clubhouse (1928/1980), which provides students access to Prestwood Lake. Also nearby is the 30-acre Kalmia Gardens of Coker University (given to the College in 1965; the Hart House dates to 1817), a unique botanical experience, which adjoins a 700-acre nature preserve (almost the size of New York’s Central Park!).
Coker is located in Hartsville, S.C., a 1996 All-America City located in the northeastern region of the state. Greater Hartsville has a population of 28,000. Hartsville is 25 miles from air and rail service in Florence, S.C., where I-95 and I-20 intersect. Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are 90 miles away; Columbia, the state capital, is 75 miles away; and Charlotte, N.C., is 80 miles away.
Although it is a bustling community, Hartsville is a manageable small city, with the center of downtown — shops, a movie theater, restaurants, the county library, police department and museum — within two or three blocks of campus. An abundance of trees, traditional neighborhoods and historic homes make Hartsville one of the most attractive towns in South Carolina.