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Citadel News Service
19 Aug 2008

Profile of the Class of 2012

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With 711 reporting, the Class of 2012 is the largest freshman class to report to The Citadel in 32 years. Freshmen reported for academic orientation and military training on Aug. 16, 2008.

“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,” said Lt. Col. John Powell, ’77, director of admissions.  

The Class of 2012 freshmen profile was released today. Powell said this class marks several milestones:

  • Largest class in 32 years
  • Second largest number of women since the college began admitting women in 1996
  • Third highest number of applications
  • Highest average high school GPA
  • Second highest average SAT 

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.

Here's a closer look at the Class of 2012:

Who's here

Total Applications 2,210  
Total who reported Aug. 16 711  
States represented 39 Top five are South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina
Countries represented 8 Bahrain, Canada, Haiti, Lebanon, South Korea, Russia, Thailand, Taiwan
Transfer students 50 7 percent
High school graduates 661 93 percent
Women 49 6.9 percent of cohort
African-American 61 8.6 percent of cohort*
Total Minority 125 17.5 percent of cohort
International cadets 13 1.8 percent of cohort
South Carolina residents 293 41.2 percent

Out-of-State and international residents     

418 58.8 percent

  Academic achievement

Average SAT

1102  
Above 1100 243 50 percent of those taking the SAT  vs ACT**
Up to 1090 242 49.9% of those presenting SAT scores
Total submitting SAT scores 485  
Average high school GPA 3.35  
Top 25 percent of high school class 182 33.7 percent of first-time freshmen with rank reported (540)***

 What they are studying

Business Administration 165
Civil and environmental engineering 102
Criminal Justice 91
History 66
Political Science 61
Biology 47
Electrical engineering 39
Physical education 37
Computer Science 22


* African-American increased from 49 in 2007 to 61
** SAT above 1100 increased from 217 in 2007 to 243
***Top 25 percent increased from 169 in 2007 to 182
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