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Citadel News Service

For release
September 13, 2002

The Citadel earns high rankings from U.S. News

          The Citadel ranks seventh in the South in the annual rankings of colleges released today by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine also placed The Citadels engineering program among the top 30 undergraduate programs in the country and placed The Citadel as No. 11 in its best values category.

          The annual ranking groups colleges and universities by region and by the programs offered. The Citadel falls in the category of universities offering a full range of undergraduate and masters programs. The engineering program is ranked with undergraduate programs nationwide.

          In the overall category of best universities, The Citadel ranked No. 7 in the South but was No. 2 among public institutions. James Madison University in Virginia was the only public institution that ranked above The Citadel. The rankings consider such data as freshman retention, graduation rate, student-faculty ratio and scores on standardized exams.

          The best values category considers the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The Citadel ranked No. 11 among Southern public and private universities. Only two public institutions were ranked higher. Approximately 35 percent of those attending The Citadel receive grants based on need.

          Maj. Gen. John Grinalds, The Citadels president, said he is pleased with the rankings but noted it is difficult to assign a definitive score to the intangibles that go into a quality education.

          While we are happy for The Citadel to receive this recognition, our goal is to be No. 1 in the development of the whole person," he said. "We have to remain focused on our mission of developing principled leaders.



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