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Citadel News Service

August 18, 2001

The Class of 2005 arrives

700 Fourth Class Cadets make their mark by virtue of size

Activity at The Citadel was at a fever pitch during the days preceding August 18th as administrators and cadets prepared for the arrival of the largest entering class in years. As loaded vehicles started pouring onto campus a little after 7 a.m., families found cadets eager to assist them with directions and other offers of help.

Welcoming a class of 700 is proving to be a welcomed challenge. "We are in demand," said John Powell, acting dean of enrollment management. "For the first time in many years the admissions office maintained a waiting list and we already have over 300 applications and 10,000 prospects for the Class of 2006."

The Class of 2005 is a diverse group, representing 43 states and 10 countries. Their numbers include 119 minorities and 40 women.

Despite the heat and humidity, check-in went smoothly and by noon, nearly 100 percent of those who said they were coming had reported to the barracks and were in the process of getting settled.

Entering students spend their first two days on campus in academic orientation, meeting with advisers, taking placement exams and getting oriented to campus.

Military training begins on Monday, August 20 with a 7 a.m. address from Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Emory Mace and Regimental Commander BJ Cox of Traveler's Rest.

Military training will continue through the week and includes marching drills, rifle drills, personal appearance instruction and physical training. On Monday evening, the freshmen will be sworn in as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Classes begin on August 29th.