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Citadel News Service
11 Aug 2017

Get to know The Citadel Class of 2021

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The Citadel Class of 2021, 822 strong, officially reported to campus on Saturday, August 12. The freshman cadet recruits represent the most diverse South Carolina Corps of Cadets Matriculation Day class in the college’s history, as well as one of the largest classes.

The number of freshmen who are women is up by about 15 percent over 2016. The number of freshmen who identify as minorities is up 6 percent over the previous year. Most of the freshmen were born in 1999, and are considered Generation Z. Historically, approximately 30 percent of each class take commissions to become military officers upon graduating from The Citadel.

The Citadel Graduate College begins the academic year with admissions up a projected 16 percent over the same time period last year at more than 1050 students. This includes evening undergraduate, veteran, and graduate level students taking courses on campus and online. Online students attend from positions on military bases around the world and come from up to 48 states.

The freshmen and The Citadel Graduate College students enter at a time when they can select from the most robust menu of academic programs available, including the newest – nursing. Majors anticipated to be among the most popular include business administration; mechanical engineering; civil and environmental engineering; criminal justice; and biology.

South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2021 matriculation day by the numbers:

Class Milestones

  • Record number of cadets who are women
  • Record number of cadets who are minorities
  • Highest number of applications from women

Overall statistics

  • Matriculants 822
  • From high schools 771 (93%)
  • Joining as transfers 56 (7%)
  • Legacies (children of alumni) 182 (22%)
  • From South Carolina 449 (54%)
  • Out-of-State/International 373 (46%)
  • Representing 42 states
  • Top nine states: SC, NC, GA, FL, VA, TX, NY, PA/OH, CA
  • International cadets 9 (1%)
  • Ethnic minorities 207 (25%)
  • African American 80 (10%)
  • Hispanic 55 (7%) 
  • Women 82 (10%)
  • Average SAT 1109
  • High school GPA average 3.64

Cadets on scholarship

  • 565 (69%)

Top majors

  • Pre-Business Administration 137
  • Mechanical Engineering 123
  • Criminal Justice 103
  • Political Science 74
  • Biology 66
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 66
  • Intelligence and Securities Studies 46
  • Computer Science 41
  • Sports Management 35


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