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Citadel News Service
13 Aug 2009

The Class of 2013 begins its leadership journey this weekend

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The journey toward principled leadership will begin on Saturday, Aug. 15, for more than 700 young men and women who are expected to report to The Military College of South Carolina for academic orientation and military training. 

Around 720 students are expected to matriculate by midday on Saturday. The Class of 2013 could be among the record setters for the largest freshman class since the mid 1970s. The class already set an annual record for the most applications—2,363. The previous record of 2,347 applications was set in 2004.

“We are looking forward to meeting the Class of 2013 and their families this weekend. This is an exciting time for them as these young men and women begin their leadership journey with us and as their families become a part of The Citadel family,” said John Powell, director of admissions. “With a record number of applications already in hand, we think this class will be among our largest, if not the largest, we have admitted.”

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 responsibilities in leadership roles can be achieved. 

At the end of July the first 50 members of the class arrived on campus early to begin military training and orientation. They are members of the football and volleyball teams and are athletic managers and trainers.

Class of 2013 freshman profile

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