The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Welcome to The Citadel Family Association

From Matriculation Day forward, you are automatically a member of this support network that is only a mouse click, phone call or email away. Your son or daughter journeys down the road less traveled, the CFA is here to support you through a readily available network. Representatives at each level are parents of current upper-class cadets. This site and the CFA Facebook page are kept up to date with information provided directly from the school, making them great first-hand sources of information with just a click of a mouse.

Since its inception in 1993, The Citadel Family Association (CFA) has been dedicated to three main goals:

  • To provide information to, and support for, the families of current cadets
  • To provide families with a forum for discussion of common interests
  • To support college initiatives.


Office of Cadet Activities - Host Families

Whether you are interested in hosting a cadet or you want information on how to sign up for a host family, start with the Office of Cadet Activities. Located on the 2nd floor of Mark Clark Hall, their friendly staff ( will be able to assist you.

Parents' Weekend 2016

Please check The Citadel’s Facebook page, Twitter page, your email and for updates.

The Citadel will be welcoming families and friends to Parents' Weekend October 7th - 9th. Please visit the following links for a full list of activities, registration information and useful information to help make your weekend successful and memorable. Please look for CFA representatives on Saturday. We'll be wearing our famous Blue Shirt Army polos.

From The Citadel Newsroom - Parents Day Weekend 2016 Complete schedule of Parents' Weekend activities, getting around campus, parking, and more.

The Citadel Parent's Page - Parents' Day Weekend 2016 Weekend schedule, leave information and suggestions for parents.

Links to daily schedules and helpful tips:
Friday, October 7, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Campus map and Virtual Tour
Look for visitor parking designated as V on the map.

The Ring
Senior parents, friends and family will be focused on this important milestone for their Cadet. We recommend underclassman parents visit these links as your time will come before you know it and it's worth planning ahead for that special moment.
Pass Through The Ring Tips and Rules
Citadel Alumni Association letter sent to senior parents.
Additional information

Where Do We Eat?
Family and friends have several options for lunch on Friday and Saturday. Once you review the schedules, use this link to register for the following:

Friday's "Post Rosa Briefing" Lunch Buffet
Saturday's Parent's and Families BBQ Tailgate hosted by The Citadel Family Association

On Saturday, the Dress Parade begins at 11:00am and should conclude by 11:45am. Check with your Cadet to see which lunch option described below best suits his or her schedule for that day. Seating will be limited, so you are welcome to bring your own chairs.

The Citadel Family Association will be hosting our first Parents' Weekend tailgating event Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 am. until 2:00 pm. Families and Cadets are invited to attend.

Location map

Cost will be $15 for the buffet and, yes, you can bring your cadet, but they don't eat free :(. We recommend heading over after the Dress Parade and having your Cadet meet you there. We hope you will come visit with other members of the CFA, Faculty and Staff for the best meal option. Your Cadet will have to return to the barracks for a 1300 (1PM) formation, but you can stay and visit. You will also have a great view of the Cadets marching down Hagood Avenue and can easily make it to the stadium to watch the Corps march onto the field. To make sure we have enough, we are asking that you sign up and pay online for the CFA BBQ.

Other Lunch Options

All options are free for cadets but tickets are required (Cadet ticket included in your order) Free for children under 3 if sitting on parent’s lap (no ticket needed) Vegetarian meals available upon request

Coward Hall - Family style meal ($12 per ticket) Great option for freshman parents to experience the Mess Hall where Cadets eat daily.
Deas Hall - Box lunch ($10 each)
Riverview Room - Regimental Band and parents only ($12 per ticket)

To order tickets please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call this number to pay by credit card 843-953-6425, or fill out the form below and FAX the order to 843-953-4993 (THIS IS A FAX number only), or mail it with a check to the address on the form by Sept. 23. Ticket orders received after Sept. 23 should be picked up from during the vendor fair in Mark Clark Hall. Remaining tickets will be sold onsite at the various luncheon locations until they sell out.

The Citadel has arranged a number of discounted hotel rates in the Charleston area.

Have a wonderful time!

Back to Top