The Citadel

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171 Moultrie Street

Charleston, SC 29409

Phone: (843) 225-3294
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#4 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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The Citadel is a public institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,629, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The Citadel's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 4. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,237 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $31,038 (2013-14).

The Citadel, also known as The Military College of South Carolina, is located at the bank of the Ashley River, just a 10 minute drive from downtown Charleston. Undergraduate Citadel students enroll as the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and thus follow stricter codes than students at other types of schools. Students of any age may not have alcohol on campus and must live in dormitories all four years. There are no fraternities or sororities, and more than 90 percent of students are male.

Citadel students can choose from many different clubs to join, including several honors societies and religious organizations. There are also dozens of intramural, club, and varsity sports for student athletes. The Citadel Bulldogs sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference, and students can not only join a basketball or football team, but they can even try out for the varsity rifle team. Business is the most popular major among undergraduate students at Citadel, though they can choose from 19 degree programs. The Citadel Graduate College offers 20 programs, including those within the School of Business Administration. The Citadel’s most notable alumni are veterans of many wars, from the Civil War and World War II to ongoing wars.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, is a public four-year comprehensive college. Throughout its history, The Citadel's primary purpose has been to educate undergraduates as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and to prepare them to become principled leaders in the military, public service and private enterprise. This goal is achieved through academic programs of recognized excellence supported by the best features of a structured military environment. The cadet lifestyle provides an environment that supports the growth and development of character, physical fitness, and moral and ethical principles. A complimentary purpose of The Citadel, realized through The Citadel Graduate College, is to serve the citizens of the Lowcountry and the State of South Carolina through both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, application and use of research, and a broad range of professional development opportunities. The same faculty and academic support services are engaged in both programs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $200,495,082


When applying to The Citadel, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at The Citadel is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 80.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at The Citadel is 13:1, and the school has 40.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at The Citadel include: Business Administration and Management, General; Civil Engineering, General; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Political Science and Government, General; and Secondary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 29%
Civil Engineering, General 17%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 14%
Political Science and Government, General 10%
Secondary Education and Teaching 8%

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Student Life

The Citadel has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,629, with a gender distribution of 90.4 percent male students and 9.6 percent female students. The Citadel is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,499
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

The Citadel offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. The Citadel also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at The Citadel.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At The Citadel, 56.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,157.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,237 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $31,038 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,265 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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