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Citadel News Service

For Release
Aug. 15, 2003

The Citadel breaks another admissions record

          The Citadel broke a record for applications to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets for the second time in as many years.

          A record 2,113 young men and women sought admission to the Class of 2007, which arrives on campus Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003. The previous record of 2,057 applications was set in 2002. The Citadel can house around 1,900 students in its four barracks. All students must live on campus.

          "We are thrilled that The Citadel continues to be in demand among college-bound high school students," said John Powell, admissions director. "Each year we hear from more students interested in the unique leadership and character building education they can receive here."

          The first wave of freshmen, predominantly athletes, reported July 31. The remainder will arrive Saturday. Upper class cadets return Aug. 24 and classes begin Aug. 27.

          Here's a look at the Class of 2007. Please note the 2003 numbers change daily and are only estimates as of Aug. 13. The 2002 figures are the actual number who reported the first day.

Total freshmen
All minorities
International students
South Carolina residents
Out-of-state residents

          The Class of 2007 is also academically astute and geographically diverse. Of the estimated 650 expected to enroll:

  • 67 are athletes who arrived July 31.
  • 172 are in the top 25 percent of their high school class.
  • More than 70 percent have a 3.0 or better high school GPA.
  • The average SAT score of all incoming freshmen is 1105, up from 1075 last year.
  • A little more than 40 percent (267) scored above 1100 on the SAT.
  • The southeast continues to be well represented in the Corps: South Carolina 287; Georgia, 46; North Carolina, 42; Florida, 36; Virginia, 30.
  • The top most represented South Carolina counties are Marion (33), Charleston (31), Kershaw (28), Greenville, (24), and Berkeley (18).
  • The top five degree programs among freshmen are business administration, civil engineering, criminal justice, political science and electrical engineering.