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Citadel News Service
6 Dec 2005

Points of Pride: Recent Accomplishments for the Military College of South Carolina

  • The Citadel ranks No. 1 nationally in our peer group of public colleges in the percentage of students who graduate in four years. The Citadel's top ranking comes from the U.S. Department of Education's comparison of all public colleges whose entering students have average SAT scores between 1000 and 1200. The Citadel's four-year graduation rate is 62.3 percent. The national average four-year graduation rate is 29 percent.

  • Newsweek magazine and the Kaplan College Guide named The Citadel one of America's 25 hottest colleges in its 2006 college edition.

  • The U.S. News rankings for 2006 recognize The Citadel in several different categories:
    • The college rose to the No. 2 spot for top public universities in the South offering up to master's degree.
    • For the sixth straight year, The Citadel School of Engineering has ranked among the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation, earning this year's No. 32 ranking.
    • The Citadel ranked No. 7 for best master's universities in the South

  • The Princeton Review for 2006 placed The Citadel in its top tier of academic institutions according to an academic ranking that measures how hard students work and how much they get back for their efforts. The ranking considered such factors as hours students study outside of class, quality of the student body, class size, student assessment of professors and other resources.
  • The Princeton Review for 2006 named The Citadel School of Business one of the nation's 237 best business programs.

  • With more than 80 percent of its students returning each year, The Citadel enjoys one of the best retention records in the country.

  • Among South Carolina's public colleges and universities, The Citadel has the highest four-year graduation rate for athletes

  • 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 has been named No. 1 in the region, edging out 124 other programs, including Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Norwich University and Valley Forge Military Academy.

  • The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education recognizes The Citadel as the only specialized four-year college in the state.

  • The Citadel 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 35% of graduating cadets are commissioned into military service following graduation.

  • Citadel alumni understand and accept the obligations of duty to their country and military service. Nine Citadel alumni have been killed during service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 850 others have served or are currently serving in the conflict.

  • The Citadel is a teaching college with a student-faculty ratio of 15 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.

  • Six 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 School of Education has received a $1 million Gear-Up grant to continue its long-standing work with at-risk middle school students.

  • 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 College of Graduate and Professional Studies 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.
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