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Citadel News Service

For Release
Aug. 20, 2004

U.S.News names The Citadel one of the best Southern colleges

           The Citadel has received top recognition in the U.S.News & World Report college rankings.

           The college is ranked No. 2 for top public universities in the South offering up to master's degree and for the fifth straight year the School of Engineering has ranked among the top 50 in the country. This year the school is ranked 30th.

           U.S.News & World Report also ranked The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina:

  • No. 8 for best value in the South among universities with up to master's programs.
  • No. 8 among public and private institutions in the South for best universities with up to master's degrees.

           "It is gratifying to see external, independent sources rate a Citadel education as outstanding," said Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of the college. "The real measure of a Citadel education, however, lies with the achievement of our graduates. Citadel alumni hold top positions in business, government, the military and the professions and we are extremely proud of their successes."

           The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was established in 1912 and became fully accredited by what is now the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 1936. Engineering students are among the most highly recruited students at The Citadel. There are approximately 400 enrolled in the civil and electrical engineering programs.

           "I believe that what makes our programs stand out is the highly qualified faculty in both departments that are committed to teaching excellence," said Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering.

           The annual U.S.News ranking groups colleges and universities by region and by the programs offered. The Citadel falls in the category of institutions offering a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. The engineering program is ranked with undergraduate programs nationwide.

           The U.S.News & World Report rankings appear in the 2005 edition of America's Best Colleges guidebook, which is available at U.S.News Online at and in the Aug. 23 print edition on newsstands.

           A day before the U.S.News rankings were published on Aug. 20, The Princeton Review's student opinion survey ranked The Citadel among 136 colleges named "Best in the Southeast." The complete report is available at




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