Updated: Aug 10, 2022
At a Glance
Charleston, South Carolina
Undergraduate Students: 2,650
Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Acceptance Rate: 86%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 74%
Freshman Retention Rate: 88%
Popular Majors: Business, Criminal Justice, Mechanical Engineering, Intelligence and Security Studies.
Castle-like architecture surrounding a large grassy quad, Summerall Field. Campus sits adjacent to the Ashley River and students have access to various kinds of boating and sailing.
Unique student life! All students commit themselves to a military style of living, including wearing uniforms every day. A high level of structure and discipline is incorporated; students participate in a weekly traditional parade (march)https://go.citadel.edu along Summerall Field, and spectators are welcome to attend.
Cadets live in barracks, not referred to as residence halls. Instead of RAs the cadets report to retired military personnel.
Cadets agree to structured and sometimes limited cell phone use, campus leave, and family visits. The Citadel Family Association provides a great FAQ page.
One of 6 dedicated "senior military colleges" in the U.S. Every student who attends is referred to as a cadet and is a part of the Corp of Cadets, which includes military attire, leadership coursework and experience, and other military related requirements.
Leadership development is critical to The Citadel’s mission: all cadets are trained to become great leaders through courses and exercises.
Unlike a military academy, students are not required to sign on to any particular military branch, and therefore have the choice as to whether or not they want a future in the military. 33% of cadets end up choosing to go into military
Excellent for those interested in pursuing a career in the FBI or other 3-letter government agencies.
Football is their largest spectator sport, members of NCAA Division I - Football Championship Subdivision
The freshmen male cadets are referred to as “knobs,” due to their shaved heads resembling a doorknob.
Bottom Line Fit: For any student looking for very structured, military style living and who wants to develop as a leader. Great for those who want to "try out" a military life without actually committing, while also getting a reputable degree.
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