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Citadel News Service

For Release
Aug. 26, 2004

A look at The Citadel's Class of 2008

           The Citadel's Class of 2008 is strong academically and its members come from diverse backgrounds from all over the United States and the world.

           This month 674 young men and women entered the Military College of South Carolina. They make up about 34 percent of the 2,000-member South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

           Nearly 70 freshmen athletes reported Aug. 2 followed by the remainder of the Class of 2008 on Aug. 15. Here's a look at the Class of 2008. Note: These numbers are based on Aug. 15 matriculation data. Enrollment figures change daily.

Who are they?      
Men 631 Women 43
African American 46 Minority 100
International students 12    
In-state 273 Out-of-state 389

How smart are they?  
Number with 3.0 high school GPA or better 406 (60 percent of freshmen)
Average GPA 3.2
Average SAT 1079

Top 5 states  
South Carolina 273
North Carolina 44
Florida 42
Georgia 37
Virginia 29

Top 5 South Carolina counties  
Charleston 42
Richland 35
Greenville 31
Lexington 28
Berkeley 15

From around the world

International students* 12
*From Australia, Bahrain, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Most popular majors  
Business administration 148
Criminal Justice 90
History 76
Civil & environmental engineering 62
Political Science 60

Five years of matriculation day data  
Fall 2004 674
Fall 2003 638
Fall 2002 607
Fall 2001 698
Fall 2000 649