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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 16, 2005

Citadel leads nation in category
of four-year graduation rate

Cadets at The Citadel are much more likely than their counterparts in other public colleges and universities to earn a degree in four years. According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, The Citadel ranks No. 1 nationally in our peer group of public colleges in the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Entering fourthclass cadets are on a fast track to graduate ahead of their peers in other public colleges.

The Citadel’s top ranking comes from a comparison of all public colleges whose entering students have average SAT scores between 1000 and 1200.

Information listing the four-year graduation rates of all colleges appears on the website www.collegeresults.org, which is operated by the Education Trust, a national non-profit organization dedicated to academic achievement. Visitors to the web site can compare colleges based on graduation rates, size, location and other student characteristics.

The Citadel’s four-year graduation rate is 62.3 percent. The No. 2 public college whose students have similar SAT scores is James Madison University in Virginia with a four-year graduation rate of 60.6 percent.

The national average four-year graduation rate is 29 percent.

"When students enter The Citadel, they are very likely to earn a degree more quickly than their peers at other colleges," said Major General John Grinalds, president of The Citadel. "Since the average college student takes longer than four years to graduate, this speaks well of the focused, intense education that The Citadel provides."

According to data collected by the South Carolina Council for Higher Education (CHE) in 2002, The Citadel was the leader among the state's public colleges and universities in its four-year graduation rate. In recent years CHE has recorded only five- and six-year graduation rates for the state's public institutions.

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