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Apply for Admission to the Corps of Cadets

Apply online.

The online application is only for first-time applicants to the Corps of Cadets. Cadets seeking readmission after completing one semester (or more) in the Corps must re-apply through the Office of the Registrar .


Apply through the mail.

If you would prefer to complete the application by hand, please print the appropriate form below and mail it here.

Corps of Cadets application
Non-cadet applications:
Active Duty military (more info: STA-21, MECEP, AECP)
Veterans Day program (more info: here)

Application Checklist

✓ Completed Application (with $40 application fee)
✓ Official high school transcript
✓ Official transcripts showing all coursework attempted after high school
✓ Official ACT and/or SAT score report
Counselor recommendation form (for first-time freshmen)
International students only: Official TOEFL score report (if native language is not English)
International students only: Undergraduate International Student Immigration Supplement


Understanding the Admission Process

Timing: When Should I Apply?

The Citadel usually begins accepting applications in the summer following the student’s junior year of high school. Operating on a rolling admission basis, the Admissions Committee evaluates admissions portfolios as they become complete. Decisions (acceptances and denials) are then communicated accordingly. Generally, admissions decisions are made within four-to-six weeks of an applicant’s portfolio becoming complete, and they are communicated in writing via U.S. mail.

The Citadel’s incoming class frequently fills up each year. As the incoming class approaches its capacity, space availability issues can impact the timing of admission decisions and notifications. As a result, students are encouraged to begin the application process in a timely fashion.

Admission Phases: What Happens After I Apply?

Admission to The Citadel occurs in two basic phases. The first phase—described above—involves an initial evaluation of academic credentials. The result of this evaluation is an academic acceptance or denial. As indicated above, this decision is communicated in writing to the applicant.

The second phase leads to final acceptance and obligates the applicant to submit, among other requirements, medical history and physical examination forms for evaluation by The Citadel Surgeon. Standards of medical fitness are very strict. Medical approval must be received in order to secure final acceptance. Academically-accepted applicants must also submit updated, final transcripts for evaluation. Satisfactory completion of all coursework is required before final acceptance is granted. Final acceptance notifications usually begin going out in late-June or early-July and are communicated in writing.

Additional Information

In some cases, the Office of Admissions may request additional information (e.g., an updated transcript, another ACT or SAT score, a statement addressing some other aspect of the applicant’s portfolio, etc.) after the portfolio becomes complete and before rendering the official admission decision. Additional medical information may also be requested as part of the medical evaluation process. Requests such as these are also made in writing.


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