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Citadel News Service

For release
March 7, 2002

The Citadel experiences record setting application year

Waiting list for fall 2002 already 150 people strong

          The Class of 2006 is full six months before students are expected to report.

          Admissions officials announced today that a waiting list already 150-people strong has been created, following a record year for applications at The Military College of South Carolina.

          So far, the college has received 1,905 applications for the fall 2002. The record of 1,938 applications was set in fall 2000.

          "We'll break that record next week because we are receiving about 30 applications a week," said Maj. Jeff Price, senior associate director of admissions.

          The college expects to enroll a freshman class of 600 to 620 students. That would be a decrease over last year when 694 students reported for the first day of military training and academic orientation. Fewer students will be admitted due to the college's housing capacity of 1,930 students. Cadets are not allowed to live off campus.

         Applications have been on the rise at the college since 1997, but this is the earliest The Citadel has had a waiting list, Price said. A waiting list created last June, which was the first in many years, topped out at about 30 people.

          "Students who apply now are told it's very competitive and they may be placed on a waiting list with a pool of applicants hoping space will become available," Price said. "We will still evaluate new applications, so any young man or woman interested in the challenging, values-based education we provide at The Citadel can still apply. There's no guarantee, but as students make final decisions on where to attend college, space could open up."

By the numbers

Applications to date
1,905
Students accepted
1,185
Deposits paid
531
Fall 01 Fall 02 Percent change
Female applicants
135
183
+ 35 percent
Minority applicants
304
332
+ 9 percent
In-state applications
544
648
+ 19 percent

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