CHARLESTON, SC (August 12)--About 600 fourthclassmen reported today to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. The new fourthclassmen come from six countries, 36 states, and 35 counties in South Carolina. Sixty- eight percent are natives of the five-state Citadel recruiting area: the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.
About 70 percent of the Class of 1999 earned grade point ratios of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while taking college preparatory courses. The Citadel Admissions Office selected the fourthclassmen from 1470 applicants. The fourthclassmen will soon learn the four cornerstones of The Citadel's "Whole Man" doctrine: academics, physical fitness, spirituality and military discipline.
The Citadel is one of the few colleges in the United States to require each incoming student to take a health-related fitness test prior to entering as a fourthclassman. The fitness test is usually administered by the applicant's high school physical education teacher or athletic coach. Minimal target standards are completion of the 1.5 mile run in 12:00, and 45 push-ups and 55 sit-ups in two-minute time tests. Early in the semester fourthclassmen are tested again and expected to meet even higher standards.
Today and Sunday the fourthclassmen will attend academic orientation meetings before being processed as cadet recruits on Monday morning. Intense
military training will continue throughout the week and will include haircuts,
marching drills, rifle drills, personal appearance and etiquette instruction,
and physical training. On Monday the fourthclassmen will be sworn in as
members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. They will begin classes with
the rest of Corps on August 23.