The College’s goal is to graduate students with the ability to think analytically and creatively, and to write and speak effectively.Coker measures its success by the personal and professional accomplishments enjoyed by all members of the academic community.
Mark of Honor:
Dr. Ruth Patrick, a famous botanist is an alumnus of Coker College in 1929. Her work has been widely published, and she has received numerous awards for her scientific achievements, including the National Medal of Science in 1996. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is named after her. On April 4, 2008, she was named Coker College’s Alumna of the Century.
Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, SouthCarolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.
Coker College’s main campus covers 15 acresof beautiful grounds and Georgian-style buildings, several of which are listed on the NationalRegister of Historic Places. Iconic Davidson Hall, built in 1910, is both the literal and physicalheart of campus.
Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution across various verticals. The Coker Cobras compete in 21 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports as a member of theSouth Atlantic conference.
As a Liberal Arts institution, Coker strives to provide every student with an academic curriculum based upon a liberal arts core, known as the Liberal Arts Studies Program (LASP).
The college also offers individual majors and double majors; self-designated degree programs; specializations; and pre-professional programs. Some of the currently offered majors include: Education, Business Administration, Communications, Spanish, Criminology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Philosophy and Religion, Pre-Law, Art (Photography, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Art Education), Music, Dance, Theatre, Computer Science, Physical Education, Sport Management, Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry and English.
In addition to a wide selection of traditional residential undergraduate majors, Coker Collegealso offers a robust Adult Degree Program with evening classes and online course offerings. Asof fall 2017, Coker is expected to offer a total of five graduate degrees, many of which can be completed entirely online, as well as 100% online undergraduate degree programs in criminology and business management.
Dr. Robert L. Wyatt,President
Dr. Robert L. Wyatthas been the President of Coker College since July 1, 2009. Mr. Wyatt formerly was Dean and Director of the Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to that, he was Dean of the McAfee School of Business Administration at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. In 2007, he was selected as one of the 37 ‘American Council on Education Fellows’ to participate in a yearlong distinguished higher education leadership development program. His other professional honors include the Leavey Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education, induction into the Students in Free Enterprise Hall of Fame, and inclusion in “Who’s Who Among American College Teachers.” He is also a recipient of the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, named for the visionary CEO and author of the book “Leading from the Heart.”
Mr. Wyatt holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Memphis (1993), a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1989), and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas (1983).
Coker College’s unique Trans4mations program guides students through a personalized four-yearsequence of curricular and co-curricular experiences—including study abroad and studyaway trips, internships, research opportunities, cultural events, community service, and more.Coker College’s Center for Career Development & Internships offers students the opportunity towork with staff on professional development initiatives, resume-building, interview skills,graduate school application, internship placement, job-searching, and more.
Coker students are also encouraged to take part in academic internships, and/or to completeand present research alongside Coker faculty.
Awards & Recognitions:
Coker College has been named as one of the best colleges in the Southeast in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature, and was recognized in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges for the 21st consecutive year. Coker has also been ranked in Washington Monthly’s top 100 national universities offering bachelor’s degrees.
Coker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Coker is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Financial Assistance for Students:
Current and future students at Coker College are encouraged to complete the Free Applicationfor Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process to maximize possibilities for financial support. In addition toaccepting federal student aid, eligible in-state Coker students may qualify for the South CarolinaTuition Grant and other state support. A variety of Coker College scholarships and grants arealso available to eligible students, based on merit, academic performance, and/or otherqualifying factors.