Charleston, South Carolina
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, The Citadel has been a notable landmark since its founding in 1842. Coming from 45 states and 12 countries, 2,300 undergraduates make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
Throughout their undergraduate education, these students encounter The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty, and respect. And while The Citadel provides a military education, only about one-third of students continue on to U.S. military service. The college’s institution-wide focus on leadership allows students to graduate with the skills they need to be leaders in whatever industries they pursue. The Citadel offers 23 undergraduate majors across five schools: Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Social Sciences; School of Science and Mathematics; and the Zucker Family School of Education.
The Citadel Graduate College enrolls another 1,000 civilian students in graduate and professional programs as well as evening undergraduate education. The Evening Undergraduate Studies program is designed for working professionals looking for degree completion programs in ten areas of study, both on campus and online.
Meet one of America’s newest military officers, 2nd Lt. Chad Humelbaugh, U.S. Air Force pilot in training. Humelbaugh is one of 163 cadets in his class at The Citadel who were commissioned as officers in U.S. military service upon graduating. About a third of each South Carolina Corps of Cadets class enters military service every year, taking their pledge of honor, duty, and respect to their next level of leadership.
Get to know The Citadel
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Pep band
- Student government
- Student newspaper
The Citadel is committed to promoting a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Fostering an understanding of different ideas and cultures occurs as part of each cadet’s four years of required leadership and ethics training, with study abroad highly encouraged. Citadel cadets and students study in more than 20 countries including three Global Scholars programs.
The Citadel in D.C.
The Office of Study Abroad, International, and Domestic Programs offers students “The Citadel in D.C.,” a living-learning internship program that is implemented in conjunction with the college’s Career Center. Through this ten-week summer program, students gain an immersive, professionally rewarding experience that turns Washington, D.C., into their classroom. Not only does the program give students a jump-start for their careers, but its internship and coursework can also earn students up to nine credits toward their degree. There are several sites within D.C. at which students can intern and network with The Citadel alumni and government professionals alike.
Common Intellectual Experiences
The Citadel takes pride in educating the “Whole Person” – mind, body, and spirit – and the cadet lifestyle is an important aspect of this educational process, in addition to a rigorous academic schedule. From freshman year until graduation, numerous opportunities and challenges are afforded cadets both within the cadet companies and through the many cadet organizations on campus.
The Citadel Office of Undergraduate Research supports the scholarly pursuits of Cadets and students. There are paid Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) available along with unpaid research opportunities with industry leading professors throughout the year.
“The connections and networking available to Citadel cadets are absolutely amazing and unlike in any other institution or college out there.”
—Ali Guild, The Citadel Class of 2018
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 64 | 10-19: 229 | 20-29: 321
30-39: 118 | 40-49: 10 | 50-99: 3 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 9%
White, non-Hispanic: 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
NATIONAL CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
With 23 majors across a range of disciplines, The Citadel has something to offer for every student. One of the most up-and-coming majors, for example, is cybersecurity. The National Security Administration has designated The Citadel as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
CITADEL SUCCESS INSTITUTE
In an effort to address common requests for assistance, The Citadel Success Institute (CSI) strives to help all students feel welcome and supported. Aimed to help new freshmen transition from high school to college, the CSI prepares students for the coursework, physical rigor, and social engagements that come with college.
“The Citadel develops the person and the professional. Everything we do is about learning to be a servant leader. Cadets develop a personal leadership philosophy to help guide them after graduate. Because of the leadership focus at The Citadel, there are amazing networking opportunities with alumni and influential leaders in the military and many industries.”
—Dillon Graham, Regimental Commander, The Citadel Class of 2018.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Teacher certification program
Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics
The Krause Center for Leadershp and Ethics at The Citadel creates opportunities for leader development through structured courses, ethics bowl competitions, leadership conferences, and service learning & civic engagement programs. Two hallmark events are Leadership Day every Fall and the Principled Leadership Symposium in the Spring. In the 2017-18 academic year cadets provided more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the Lowcountry community and beyond.
The Citadel supports the student experience with its four institutional pillars: academics, military, fitness, and character. And through the SUCCEED fellowship, students find that their character develops naturally through meaning service. The SUCCEED as Leaders (Summer Undergraduate Community-based Civic Engagement Experience for Development as Leaders) program takes Citadel students out into the community to serve individuals with disabilities. Trusted scholars and leaders alike, students are trusted to engage in every stage that helps these community partners function, engaging not only in service itself but also data processing and training within the organizations.
2018 is the sixth consecutive year Charleston is ranked the No. 1 City in the U.S. by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.repeatedly ranked as one of the top cities in the world. Citadel cadets have the opportunity to take advantage of all that Charleston has to offer. There are plenty of beaches, restaurants, museums, and sites to see around town.
The Citadel Athletics Department has 16 varsity sport teams. The college is affiliated with NCAA Division I athletics and, in football, the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. The school’s conference affiliation is the Southern Conference, of which it has been a member since 1936.
Men’s Teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Rifle, Tennis, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Wrestling
Women’s Teams: Cross Country, Golf, Rifle, Soccer, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
“The Citadel is committed to being a leader in the development of cyber security professionals to help defend America and American interests,” said Shankar Banik, Ph.D. Banik is head of The Citadel’s National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, a designation awarded by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Percent of students who live on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 100%
Campus housing options.
The Citadel Career Center is available to offer all kinds of support to all current students and alumni. Its services come into play immediately, supplying first-year students with a Four-Year Career Planning Timeline. Such an easy-to-follow plan helps students explore, prepare, and engage throughout their time at The Citadel so that they are set up for post-graduate success. Students can work with a career counselor to find paths that align with their major, secure internships, and connect with recruiters and alumni.
“I started going to The Citadel Career Center my freshman year when a friend who was also a football player took me over there one day. They helped me build a career plan and outline a path that ended up helping me find a great opportunity with EY (Ernst & Young). I encourage all cadets to work closely with our career center starting as early as they can. It’s a great place.”
—Josh Massey, The Citadel Class of 2018
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 25
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $14,448
Tuition (out-of-state): $37,650
Room & Board: $7,748
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Approximately 81 percent of undergraduate cadets and students attending The Citadel receive some form of financial aid as well as further assistance through The Citadel Office of Financial Aid. Additionally, the Veterans Services Office assists members, veterans, and dependents in using their educational benefits; veterans who wish to complete their undergraduate degrees can attend The Citadel through the Evening Undergraduate Program.
The Citadel gives consideration to all applicants who meet the requirements for admission. Well-rounded students who show through their application pieces that they are prepared for a mature educational experience would be a great fit at The Citadel.
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