Coastal Carolina University is a public, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts institution. Coastal offers baccalaureate degrees in 36 programs, as well as six master’s degree programs in education, seven cooperative degree programs with South Carolina universities, and 10 international exchange programs. The university has an enrollment of more than 6,000 students who represent 47 states and 49 foreign countries.
Each year, the nationally recognized Lifelong Learning program engages nearly 1,000 adults who live in and visit the area. The program features approximately 50 non-credit academic enrichment program courses each semester in subjects such as health, financial planning, area history, music, theater, literature, computers, etc.
A full cultural calendar complements the university experience for students as well as the community. In recent years, the Kimbel Distinguished Lecture Series has featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu and National Public Radio’s Bob Edwards.
Coastal student-athletes compete in the NCAA Division I. The university’s intercollegiate football program competes at the NCAA I-AA level.
Horry Georgetown Technical College is a comprehensive community college serving Horry and Georgetown counties through it’s three campuses, distance and online learning, and a full spectrum of business and corporate training. HGTC annually enrolls more than 3,700 curriculum students, and services more than 17,000 through programs for personal skills enhancement and specialized job training.
HGTC offers 70 associate degrees, certificate and diploma programs, that include a broad spectrum of medical and information technologies, and scores of others across a wide array of curricula and careers. HGTC also has transfer agreements with more than 50 colleges and universities in the State and throughout the southeast, which allow students to pursue a four-year degree.
The Conway campus is the first and largest of the college’s three campuses, and houses the Allied Health Division, Golf Course Technology, Electronics Technology, Culinary Arts and dozens of other curriculums. The campus is also home to the acclaimed Fowler and Belk Dining Rooms, in which Culinary Arts students prepare and serve gourmet lunches to more than 8,000 patrons a year.
Horry County Schools is the state’s third largest school district and is located in the northeast corner of the state. The county-wide school system serves a community of 196,000 and is made up of nine attendance areas: Aynor, Carolina Forest, Conway, Green Sea Floyds, Loris, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, and South Strand. Nearly 34,000 students attend 45 schools. The school district is the county’s largest employer with 3,900 employees. The district has grown by more than 8,500 students in the last ten years.
To accommodate growth, the school district is in its most aggressive building program in the district’s history. A $173 million program has built ten new schools and renovated with additions to another nine.
Horry County Schools is governed by a 12-member Board of Education and was the first school board in the state to adopt a new board governance model focusing on student achievement. The Superintendent is appointed by the Board of Education.