Coker University

Hartsville, SC

Coker University

Hartsville, SC

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A college of leaders

Coker University offers a proud history of success in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, and in the community for more than a century. The moment someone really decides where they want to go to college usually happens when they discover a meaningful personal connection. That might mean connecting with a faculty member in the academic department you’re interested in or a current student who leads you on a tour and shares their own experience. Or maybe you’ll find a connection with an idea or a part of the school’s culture and their community values. Whatever kind of connection you’re looking for, we trust you'll know it when you experience it! Here are some of the reasons other students found a meaningful connection at Coker University.

Coker offers the academic programs, undergraduate focus, and research and internship opportunities that'll redefine your idea of college preparation. This hands-on approach to learning will provide you with a skill set that's attractive to future employers and graduate schools. Our dedication to each student’s success creates a learning environment where competence meets confidence. Come to Coker and get on a fast track to personal and professional success.

Beyond the books
You can tell so much about a university when you spend a little time on campus. Every school’s culture is unique. When you visit Coker University, it’s easy to be impressed by the beauty of our 15-acre campus in the heart of a thriving small town.

But what really makes Coker unique? Connected is one of the best ways to describe the feeling here. From our residence life programs to student activities to the ways we’ve designed our common spaces—we’re serious about giving you different ways to socialize and collaborate with one another! You won’t find that at every school, but it’s right at the heart of our commitment to community and scholarship.

AccessCoker: Technology that works for you
Every first-year student at our Hartsville campus is given an iPad® and Apple Pencil® as a part of our commitment to putting cutting edge technology in your hands while you’re preparing for your new career. The AccessCoker initiative gives you access to G Suite for Education, Blackboard discussion forums, campus social media channels, classroom apps, career resources, research platforms, and more. Everything about our digital campus resources are designed to help you collaborate with peers and your professors as you gain experience using the technology you’ll need in the future.

Performing Arts programs at Coker
Dance: The Dance program at Coker University is not like other programs. There is room in your schedule to explore what interests you, so you’re not locked into a rigid set of degree requirements. You will be surprised to learn how much you can do with an undergraduate Dance degree. (Read more in the box to the right!) Learn more about Dance.

Music: Often called “the universal language,” music reaches minds and hearts in ways that nothing else can. Whether you choose to study piano, voice, or music education, as a Coker Music major, you will follow a rigorous yet rewarding curriculum that challenges and develops your creative and intellectual potential. With personal guidance from accomplished faculty members, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy challenges students to explore, defend, and communicate their ideas and creative perspectives. Outside of the classroom, students benefit from immediate opportunities for solo performances, theatrical roles, internships, regional and national ensemble tours, study abroad, and study away opportunities. Learn more about Music.

Coker University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

TheatreWhether you prefer to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, a Theatre major at Coker will deliver a comprehensive liberal arts education. Our round-table learning philosophy cultivates critical and analytical thinking while surrounding you with a creative community to inspire, support, and challenge you to reach your full potential. The program focuses on integrating a comprehensive curriculum with a multitude of opportunities for valuable hands-on experience—from productions to workshops, internships, study abroad, and more. Learn more about Theatre.

Program Highlight:
Dance

Dance. Instruction. Passion. Career.
You know how much dance means to you. The unique thrill of performance, the community you’ve found, maybe the mentor who means more than you can say—these things will always be an important part of how you got to where you are right now. Let’s talk about how we can help you make dance an even more important part of your future. 

The Dance program at Coker University is not like other programs. There is room in your schedule to explore what interests you, so you’re not locked into a rigid set of degree requirements. You will be surprised to learn how much you can do with an undergraduate Dance degree. 

Our community is intimate enough that you’ll get the kind of individual attention that fuels remarkable development. You won’t be the same dancer by graduation—that’s guaranteed. However, we have many of the resources you would normally find in a much larger program, including outstanding facilities and access to world-class instruction from our faculty and guest artists. When you add it all up, we believe our program is just the right size for ideal growth and student development. 

We have distinct degree options that fit many different dance interests and career paths. You will find study abroad opportunities that open doors for you to learn about dance and culture around the world. There is so much available to you here that we can only begin to start showing you what’s possible, but here’s an overview of what we can offer you as a member of the Coker dance community.

Coker University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Dance Degree Options
• Dance (BA)
• Dance Education (BA)
• Performance & Choreography (MFA)
• Dance & Interdisciplinary Studies
• Dance minor

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