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Citadel News Service
16 Aug 2008

Largest freshman class in 30 years expected at The Citadel

The Class of 2012, which is expected to number more than 700 cadet recruits, reported to The Citadel early on Aug. 16, 2008 for academic orientation and military training.

“Reporting Day is an exciting time at The Citadel. We are looking to welcome more than 700 new cadets and their families to The Citadel family,” said Lt. Col. John Powell, ’77, director of admissions. “We are pleased with this incoming class and we are looking forward to watching them grow as leaders and members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.”

This class represents several milestones:

  • It is expected to be the largest class in 31 years with 717 freshmen.
  • Fifty women, the second largest freshman class since the college began admitting women in 1996, are expected to report. Women make up about 6 percent of the Corps of Cadets and the number of female alumni has surpassed 150.
  • Minority enrollment has increased. Sixty African-Americans are among the 125 minorities expected to arrive on campus.
  • South Carolina is home to 295 of the cadet recruits; the remainder come from more than 40 other states.
  • The freshman class is academically strong with an average SAT score of 1097 and average high school GPA of 3.35.

A complete profile of the Class of 2012 will be released during the week of Aug. 18.

The freshman class will begin military training on Monday, Aug. 18.

During the first year, students learn the best qualities of character, physical fitness, ethics, honor, integrity and courage through a military and disciplined environment. The first step – learn how to be followers so in succeeding years additional duties and responsibilities in leadership roles can be achieved. More than 200 cadets, including 100 who took part in this year’s intensive Leadership Seminar, will take the reins of teaching the freshmen everything they will need to join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

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