Record breaking Class of 2014 reports today
The Citadel Experience – a journey toward principled leadership – begins today for the Class of 2014, which broke applications and admissions records this year among women, minorities and South Carolina residents.
“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 retired Marine Lt. Col. John Powell, ’77, director of admissions.Between 725 and 750 young men and women are expected to report to The Military College of South Carolina for academic orientation this weekend and military training. Fifty-seven fall freshmen athletes and athletic trainers and managers reported to campus on July 29.
The Class of 2014 broke application records in every admissions category this year. The Class of 2013, which matriculated in August 2009, was the largest class in 34 years with 721 freshmen.
This year, the Office of Admissions received 2,570 applications. The number breaks the record of 2,363 applications set in 2009. In addition The Citadel received a record number of applications from women (275), minorities (657), especially African Americans (368), and South Carolina residents (913), breaking records set in 2007 and 2009.
More than 700 freshmen reported Saturday for academic orientation and military training. A complete profile of the Class of 2014 will be released next week.
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.