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Citadel News Service
10 Aug 2012

More than 700 freshmen start leadership journey

The journey toward principled leadership begins Saturday for the more than 700 freshmen expected to report to The Citadel for military training and academic orientation.

knobs1The Class of 2016 is poised to be one of the largest with an expected 730 to 775 matriculating "knobs," capping of a record-breaking admissions season. Read more about the application records set this year.

During the first year, students learn the best qualities of character, physical fitness, ethics, honor, integrity and duty 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.

"Matriculation Day is an exciting day for us. We look forward to meeting the incoming class and their families and sharing in this exciting time as these students start a new and challenging chapter in their lives," said Admissions Director Lt. Col. John Powell, '77, USMCR.

The Office of Admissions expects this year to be the sixth consecutive year that the freshman class exceeds 700 students.

"We are excited that families see the value in a Citadel education and that more and more students are seeking an educational experience that gives them the opportunity to develop leadership skills as well as earn a degree," Powell said. "They want to walk away from college with more than a degree. They want to have the leadership skills that are going to set them apart and will be attractive to employers after graduation. The Citadel can help them get there."

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