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Citadel News Service
14 Aug 2008

More than 700 freshmen begin their leadership journey on Saturday

The journey toward principled leadership will begin on Saturday, Aug. 16 for the more than 700 freshmen who are expected to report for military training and academic orientation.

The Class of 2012 is poised to be the largest freshmen class in 30 years at The Citadel. Lt. Col. John Powell, ’77, director of admissions, said it’s expected to be one of the strongest classes academically as well with an average SAT score of 1097 and average high school GPA of 3.35.

“That the numbers of students who are coming to The Citadel continues to grow illustrates the appeal of our mission of educating principled leaders,” Powell said. “Students and their parents know they can come here and get a quality education and they can also take on the kinds of challenges and responsibilities that will make them outstanding leaders when they graduate in four years.”

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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