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Citadel News Service
16 Aug 2005

The Citadel is hot, hot, hot

So you think it’s hot in Charleston? Well guess what, things just got hotter on the banks of the Ashley River.

The Citadel has been named one of America's 25 Hottest Colleges. As the “Hottest Military School,” The Citadel is featured in the Newsweek issue on stands now. It also will be featured in the Kaplan College Guide, which goes on sale Aug. 22 and is aimed at college bound students looking for information and guidance as they make their college choices.

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Long recognized by magazines such as “U.S. News & World Report,” this is the first time in many years The Citadel has been lauded by “Newsweek.”

“I was particularly impressed by what I heard of The Citadel's recovery from the bad impressions left by the difficult transition to co-education and by its remarkably high graduation rate," said “Newsweek” contributing editor Jay Matthews, who also is a reporter for the “Washington Post.”

Matthews interviewed cadets and staff for the America’s Hottest Colleges feature.

Since it began admitting women in 1995, The Citadel has graduated 96 women. This year’s freshman class of women, who reported Monday, fell just one short of the record of 49 admitted in a single year. And today women make up about 6 percent of the Corps of Cadets. They are members of every company and can be found in leadership positions and in classrooms across campus.

In addition, The Citadel ranks No. 1 nationally in its peer group of public colleges in the percentage of students who graduate on time, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Education and cited by “Newsweek” magazine. The Citadel’s four-year graduation rate is 62.3 percent.

The Citadel’s top ranking comes from a comparison of all public colleges whose entering students have average SAT scores between 1000 and 1200.

“The Citadel has always emphasized leadership, integrity academic rigor and discipline,” said Maj. Gen. Roger C. Poole, interim president of the college. “I think this recognition indicates that what we stand for resonates with many college-bound students.”

Now that’s hot.

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