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…our son called to say that CSI was hard but achievable, so we knew the immediate value of CSI.
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…the classroom instruction was top notch!
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…CSI removed so many worries and helped our cadet relax. He is ready to take on the challenges he will face.
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…CSI gave our son a friend base that I did not expect.
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…CSI kept our son focused on his goal and helped him get ready for “The Road less Traveled.”
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…our son came home with a new village of friends. My husband and I also have a new village of parents that we will lean on for the next four years and keep in touch with after graduation.
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…the ability to earn college credit is huge!
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…our son made so many friends at CSI! He met up with his CSI group before matriculation day.
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…his leader helped him gain confidence that he did not have before CSI.
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…the program was so wonderful; our cadet could not wait to return for matriculation!
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What is CSI?  CSI is a 3.5-week summer residential transition program for incoming Citadel freshmen that helps students to prepare for the rigors of knob year in a supportive environment. It addresses academic and cadet life, physical fitness and social challenges that Citadel students face in their first year on campus.

Who is eligible to attend the CSI program?  Any incoming Citadel student who has been academically accepted and medically cleared may attend CSI.

How can I secure my spot for CSI?  Your completed Registration form will reserve your spot for CSI; students must first receive medical clearance to attend The Citadel. Please refer to your Citadel acceptance packet to learn more about how to get medical clearance. Visit, or contact the Citadel Admissions Office at (800) 868-1842. If you have specific questions or concerns about the medical clearance process or your status, please call Brenda Pelham at The Citadel Infirmary at 843-953-4827 or email her at

Why have I not received acceptance information for CSI?  The infirmary may need additional information to grant your medical clearance. Without medical clearance, which the Infirmary checks weekly, you cannot be accepted by the CSI program. For questions regarding the status of your medical clearance, please contact the Citadel Infirmary directly.

How long does it take to process Registration materials?  Allow two weeks to process your registration materials.*If you have not been medically cleared, this process may take longer.

How can I make payments for CSI?  Once your portal credentials are available in mid-May, you will receive them via E-mail and will then be able to login to Lesesne Gateway, view your bill and pay the CSI fee. CSI bills will be generated once the student is placed into a class, and all registrants will receive a notification when this bill can be paid through Lesesne Gateway.  However, all payments will be online, so please DO NOT send cash or check.  If you have any questions, please call us at 843-953-5705.

Please Note: The Citadel will accept 529 plan payments for the CSI fee. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payments from pre-paid tuition plans. Pre-paid plans require a per-credit-hour rate to be utilized. In an effort to offer the CSI program at the lowest possible cost, the program was packaged and a comprehensive CSI fee was determined. A credit-hour rate cannot be extracted from the CSI fee. It is advantageous to utilize a pre-paid tuition plan when students are enrolled in a full-time status.

What is the daily schedule like during CSI?  Students follow a highly regimented schedule during the week. Each day begins at 5:30 A.M., and the weekday ends with bed checks at 10 P.M. Study and free time are built into the schedule each day.

Do students leave on the weekend?  No, all students stay in the barracks over the weekend, and the mess hall will be open for meals. There will be check-in/out procedures and curfew enforced. All cadets will participate in weekend activities and excursions.

Do the students wear uniforms?  No. Students wear civilian clothes during CSI. The dress code is included in the information packet sent to all students who have returned the registration materials.

What classes are offered during CSI?  Each CSI student takes one academic core class as well as the LDRS101 class. Courses offered are listed in the Academics section of this website.

Is CSI just like knob year?  CSI does not recreate the experience of knob year. Instead, the program serves as a stepping stone between the student's life in high school and The Citadel's unique environment. CSI gives students experiences between where they're coming from and where they're headed. For example...

  • CSI students do not wear uniforms like the corps, but they are required to follow a specific dress code.
  • CSI students do not earn merits/demerits and are not punished with tours or confinements like the corps, but they do follow an accountability system in which they could be sent home after a certain number of violations.

How do I Register for CSI?  All academically accepted Citadel students will need to submit the online Registration form to reserve a space in the CSI program.

What if I hope to join an anthletic team?   If you are interested in joining an athletic team, you MUST attend Session 1 of CSI.


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