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September6, 2001


CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel's engineering program is among the 25 best in the nation, while the college overall is among the top 10 best universities in the South, according to the 2002 edition of America's Best Colleges, published by U.S. News and World Report.

This is the second year that the undergraduate engineering program at The Citadel has received national recognition. This year the program is ranked 20th in the nation, up one from 21st last year.

Among regional universities with few doctoral programs, The Citadel ranks 6th, receiving high marks for academic reputation, freshmen retention rates, SAT scores, low student to faculty ratios and for the number of freshmen who were in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the college third among Southern colleges for having the highest graduation rate.

The Citadel was the only South Carolina college and one of only two public institutions in the Top 10.

"It is great to be recognized as among the best regional universities in the South and we are thrilled that our engineering program is among the top 20 in the nation," said Citadel President John S. Grinalds. "These rankings clearly reflect our commitment to academic excellence and leadership education."

Engineering students are among the most highly recruited students at The Citadel. In 1937, the department of civil engineering was the first engineering program of any discipline to be accredited in South Carolina. "The engineering program has a long historical foundation that we are very proud of. This reinforces our pride," said Dennis Fallon, head of the civil and environmental engineering department.

Harold Askins Jr., head of the electrical and computer engineering department, said The Citadel's engineering program is outstanding for many reasons. "What makes us unique is we are the only undergraduate engineering program in the Lowcountry. We also have small classes, well equipped labs and up-to-date facilities that are second to none," Askins said. "If you look at other schools and ask how we stack up, you will see we have a disciplined environment and a faculty that is dedicated to undergraduate education."

The Citadel's engineering faculty all have their Ph.D.s as well as experience in industry.

"Annually, these rankings reaffirm to our prospective students and their families that, while offering a challenging and disciplined environment to our cadets, The Citadel is also an academic institution of the highest caliber," said Jeff Price, senior associate director of admissions.

The U.S. News & World Report survey uses data collected from colleges and universities, and develops the rankings based on a statistical assessment of 16 academic standards. Those standards are based on data measuring such factors as academic reputation, retention of students, graduation rates, resources for faculty, student selectivity and alumni giving.

The newsstand book, America's Best Colleges, which contain all the U.S. News college rankings, goes on sale Monday. Many of the ranking and stories from the book will also be included in the Sept. 17 edition of U.S. News & World Report, the weekly newsmagazine, which goes on sale Monday.


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