At a Glance
The Citadel’s Mission
- Achieving excellence in the education and development of principled leaders.
The Citadel’s Core Values
- Honor, Duty, Respect
Cadet Development at The Citadel
- Corps of Cadets Enrollment
- Total population: ~2,300
- In-State: ~1,270
- Out-of-State: ~1,050
- States Represented: 40+
- International Students: ~25
- Male: 93%
- Female: 7%
- Caucasian: 77%
- Ethnic Minority: 22%
- International: 1%
- Freshman Retention Rate: 86%
- The Corps consists of five battalions, with a total of 21 separate companies.
- Cadets are required to participate in Leadership Day, an annual event during which members of the Corps provide more than 7,500 hours and an estimated $185,000 worth of volunteer service to community partners.
- Mandatory leadership and ethics studies in a military culture that provides real-life leadership challenges. Active partnerships with 36 community organizations in the Lowcountry, including students in Title I schools where test scores are critically low and poverty is high.
Top Rankings and Accolades
- U.S. News and World Report, in the south:
- No. 1 Public Regional University, sixth consecutive year (2012-2017).
- No. 1 “Best Value” public college in the south and 3rd overall in the south.
- No. 1 Best Public College for Veterans in the south and 3rd overall in the south.
- No. 13 Undergraduate Engineering Program (at schools without a doctoral program).
- Voted the No. 1 “Best Value College” in South Carolina by Forbes’ magazine’s 2016 rankings.
- Recognized as one of the most civic-minded colleges in America with Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Only about 2 percent of schools have earned this distinction.
- Voted the No. 1 Best Value in South Carolina by Money Magazine's 2015-2016 rankings.
- The Regimental Band & Pipes is the only U.S. military college band to ever be invited to the world’s most prestigious military music event, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, held in Edinburgh Scotland. It was the sole U.S. invitee in 1991, 2010 and 2015. They also performed at the revered, invitation-only Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Canada in 2013.
- Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- Undergraduate majors: 20
- Masters, certificate and evening undergraduate programs: more than 70
- Average undergraduate class size: 21
- Average graduate class size: 13
- Corps of Cadets 4-year graduation rate: 59% (second highest of all South Carolina’s colleges)
- Undergraduate degrees conferred annually: ~500
- Full 10-year accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges with no recommendations for improvements or further action required.
- The Zucker Family School of Education received the coveted eight-year accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
- Mechanical Engineering - only undergraduate program in Charleston area.
- Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM)- only program based in South Carolina.
- Designed for working professionals.
- Graduates have a 95 percent PMP Certification pass rate.
- The Citadel has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the United States Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.
- The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center of Excellence hosts one of the largest annual STEM competitions in the South: Storm The Citadel!
- Approximately 30 percent of graduating cadets commission into military service.
- ROTC program rated No. 1 by The Washington Monthly in 2014.
- Branches of armed forces cadets commission into: Army (72%), Air Force (11%), Navy (7%), Marine Corps (8%) and Coast Guard (2%).
- Army ROTC program recipient of MacArthur Award for achieving standards representing the ideals of “duty, honor, country,” as practiced by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
- Intercollegiate athletic teams: 16 (7 women’s, 9 men’s); Club teams: 8 (1 women’s, 6 men’s, 1 co-ed).
- Approximately 50 percent of female cadets are intercollegiate athletes.
- Approximately 25 percent of minority cadets are intercollegiate athletes.
- The Bulldog Challenge, held annually by The Citadel Marines, is known as one of the most difficult fitness challenges in America with an arduous six-mile course.
- Corps of Cadets Annual Total Costs (includes tuition, room, board, etc…)
- In-State: $22,000 – $27,000
- Out-of-State: $42,600 – $47,400
- Evening Undergraduate Tuition
- In-State: $442/credit hour
- Out-of-State: $820/credit hour
- Graduate College Tuition
- In-State: $551/credit hour
- Out-of-State: $927/credit hour
- Total living alums: ~35,000
- Medal of Honor Recipients: 1
- Astronauts: 1
- U.S. Senators: 3
- U.S. Congressmen: 12
- U.S. Ambassadors: 8
- State Governors: 6
- College Presidents/Chancellors/Superintendents: 41
- Flag Officers: 281
- Army Chief of Staff: 1
- Four-Star Generals: 4
- Three-Star Generals: 30
- Vice Admiral: 1
- Adjutants General: 10
- Four-Star Generals/Royal Thai Armed Forces: 8
- Distinguished Service Cross recipients for extraordinary heroism: 21
- Navy Cross recipients: 9
- “Ace’s”: 5
- USAF Thunderbirds: 4
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels: 4
- 1st Team All-Americans: 57
- Types of graduate scholarships won:
- Fulbright: 25
- Truman: 3 (since 1998)
- Boren Fellowship: 4 (since 2009)
Knob (Freshman) Profile – Class of 2020
- Applications: 2,798
- Matriculates: 819
- Women Matriculates: 68 (8%)
- Ethnic Minority Matriculates: 188 (23%)
- Average SAT score: 1069
- Average ACT score: 23
- Average high school GPA: 3.59
- Freshman retention rate: 86%