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Citadel News Service
11 Aug 2012

The Class of 2016 reports 779 men and women strong

Freshmen begin their leadership development journey

The Citadel Class of 2016 reported to campus today for orientation and military training with 779 young men and women seeking a challenging academic experience with a focus on leadership development. South Carolina residents make up more than half of the entering class.

"We are pleased with the strong numbers for the Class of 2016 and look forward to watching as they begin their college education and their leadership development at The Citadel," said Admissions Director Lt. Col. John Powell, '77, USMCR.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa visits each of the five
battalions on Matriculation Day, speaking with incoming
freshmen and their families.

The Class of 2016 broke the record for the most applications and most number of women to matriculate. In addition, the class has the largest population of South Carolina residents in nearly a half century. Here's a closer look at the Class of 2016, according to preliminary numbers from the Office of Admissions:

Applications: 2,760

Men: 715

Women: 64

African Americans: 60

Hispanic: 40

Total ethnic minorities: 160

Athletes: 69

States represented: 36

South Carolina residents: 398

Foreign countries represented: Brazil, Germany, Mongolia, and Taiwan

This year marks the 6th consecutive year that the freshmen class has exceeded 700 students. Last year 734 freshmen reported on Matriculation Day.

The Citadel provides the best qualities of a military and disciplined environment to support the development of principled leaders. Academic instruction, plus preparation in character development, military training, and physical fitness prepares cadets to assume leadership roles in whatever path they choose following graduation.

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.

The Corps of Cadets returns on Aug. 19 and classes begin Aug. 23.

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Media Contact:
Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155

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