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Points of Pride

Recent Accomplishments for the Military College of South Carolina

  • The Citadel ranks No. 3 nationally among public colleges and universities in our Carnegie classification in the percentage of students who graduate in four years. That category includes colleges with master's level programs. The latest data shows that 62.4% of entering freshmen graduated from The Citadel within four years. The national average four-year graduation rate is about 30%.
  • The Citadel leads South Carolina public colleges and universities in its four-year graduation rate.
  • The U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2012 recognize The Citadel in several different categories:
    • The Citadel ranks No. 1 among the top public universities in the South that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs
    • No. 5 among the best public and private universities in the South offering up to a master’s degree but few, if any, doctoral programs.
    • The School of Engineering ranked No. 17 for best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.
  • The Princeton Review for 2011 named The Citadel School of Business one of the nation's 301 best business programs.
  • Among South Carolina's public colleges and universities, The Citadel has the highest four-year graduation rate for athletes. More than 90% of cadet-athletes who have exhausted their four years of eligibility earn a diploma.
  • During the 2004-2005 academic year, the 2000 cadets at The Citadel performed nearly 34,000 hours in community service projects assisting charitable and community causes in South Carolina's Lowcountry and across the state.
  • The Citadel's Army ROTC program won the McArthur Award in 2007, ranking No. 1 in the region and edging out 124 other programs in the eastern United States.
  • The Citadel, the only specialized four-year public college in South Carolina, has been designated as an essential Military College, and its ROTC detachments are authorized to offer commissions in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy. An average of 30 percent of graduating cadets are commissioned into military service following graduation.
  • Throughout our nation's history, Citadel alumni have understood and accepted the obligations of service to their country . About a third of the graduating classes typically accept military commissions. More than 1,000 alumni have served or are currently serving in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, some paying the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.
  • The Citadel is a teaching college with a student-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 with highly qualified faculty teaching all classes.
  • The Citadel's engineering graduates are in such demand that all who want to enter the work force have jobs well before graduation. Others go on to some of the most elite graduate programs in the country. Ray Foltz, '05, was one of five engineering students to win a highly competitive National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship in 2005. The other winners included two from U. Cal. At Berkeley and one each from MIT and Stanford.
  • Seven cadets have received Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad since 2001. That is a larger number than any other college or university in South Carolina during this period.
  • The Citadel Regimental Pipe Band is the only all-student college pipe band in the country. The pipe band was started by General Mark Clark in 1955.
  • The Citadel Reading Program has been working for 25 years to help at-risk middle school students improve their reading skills. In 2004, The Wachovia Foundation awarded The Citadel a substantial grant to continue its work with literacy training.
  • The Citadel School of Business Administration gives cadets and students in the The Graduate College the benefit of professional mentors through a program that links more than 100 business professionals in the region with the cadets and students.
  • The Citadel is a national leader in the percentage of female students who are athletes. More than 50 percent of its female cadets compete on seven varsity teams -- an outstanding achievement given the fact that female athletics started in 1997.

Institutional Characteristics

The Citadel is a coeducational, comprehensive, public, four-year institution whose primary undergraduate student body consists of approximately 2,100 members of the Corps of Cadets, all of whom reside on campus.

The primary service area for these students is regional, with approximately half of each freshman class coming from South Carolina. The Citadel, however, does draw undergraduate students from all parts of the United States and many foreign countries.

The college offers a wide range of baccalaureate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in the humanities, social and natural sciences, business administration, engineering, and education. These academic programs prepare graduates of the Corps of Cadets for a variety of careers; about half of these graduates enter business and the professions, a third or more enter the military and government service, and the remainder go directly into graduate and professional study. Many graduates choose to pursue professional or graduate degrees later in their careers.
  • Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, the Citadel Graduate College serves a degree-seeking population of approximately 1,200. The primary service area is the South Carolina Low Country. The Citadel Graduate College offers three baccalaureate degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) and seven graduate degree programs (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, and Specialist certifications in several fields of study).
  • Meeting the needs of the South Carolina Low Country in terms of instruction, public service, and institutions is an important part of the Citadel Mission. Together, the Corps of Cadets and the Citadel Graduate College enroll approximately 3,200 students, about three-fourths of whom come from South Carolina.

Four-Year Graduation Rates:

Citadel Leads Nation in Category
of Four-Year Graduation Rate

Cadets at The Citadel are much more likely than their counterparts in other public colleges and universities to earn a degree in four years. According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, The Citadel ranks No. 1 nationally in our peer group of public colleges in the percentage of students who graduate on time.

The Citadel’s top ranking comes from a comparison of all public colleges whose entering students have average SAT scores between 1000 and 1200.

Information listing the four-year graduation rates of all colleges appears on the website www.collegeresults.org, which is operated by the Education Trust, a national non-profit organization dedicated to academic achievement. Visitors to the Web site can compare colleges based on graduation rates, size, location and other student characteristics.

The Citadel’s four-year graduation rate is 60.2%; the national average four-year graduation rate is 29%; the No. 2 public college whose students have similar SAT scores is James Madison University in Virginia.

"When students enter The Citadel, they are very likely to earn a degree more quickly than their peers at other colleges," explains Major General John Grinalds, former president of The Citadel. "Since the average college student takes longer than four years to graduate, this speaks well of the focused, intense education that The Citadel provides."

According to data collected by the South Carolina Council for Higher Education (CHE) in 2002, The Citadel was the leader among the state's public colleges and universities in its four-year graduation rate. In recent years CHE has recorded only five- and six-year graduation rates for the state's public institutions.