Coastal Carolina University is a public university in Conway, South Carolina. Conway is one of ten cities located in the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. Founded in 1954, it became an independent university in 1993.
The university is a national sea-grant institution and owns part of Waties Island, an Atlantic barrier island that serves as a natural laboratory for CCU's instruction and research. The campus is also the home of the Horry County Schools Scholars Academy, a high school for gifted students.