Jan. 18, 2005
at The Citadel since 1997
Citadel has maintained its top rankings for the college and the engineering
school in US News & World Report annual rankings. For the past three
years, The Citadel has been rated the #2 public college in its category
in the South.
Citadel maintains the highest four-year graduation rate of any public
college in South Carolina. Our four-year graduation rate (60%) is more
than twice the national average (29%). In South Carolina public colleges,
only Clemson rivals the six-year graduation rate of The Citadel at 71.9%.
(Clemson is 72%.)
(The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) affirmed The Citadel’s
accreditation in December 2004 with no follow-ups. (10 years ago there
were 41 follow-ups.)
Citadel received A-1 rating for its bonds from Moody’s Rating
Service in December 2004. (In 1997 Moody’s gave the college a
bond rating of A-2 with improved outlook.)
Citadel successfully assimilated women into the Corps of Cadets.
college and BOV have adopted a strategic plan (2002-2012) and core values
that clearly define priorities for character development. The college
has aligned its budget and actions with these strategic initiatives
and core values.
Krause Initiative in Leadership & Ethics launched in 2002 is taking
ethics and character development into the classroom, barracks life and
all cadet activities in a formal program that holds everyone to the
same standards and gets the entire college involved in supporting ethical
- Corps enrollment
went from 1735 in 1997 (200 below capacity) to 1813 in 2000 (122 below
capacity) to 1964 in 2004 (full capacity). Full enrollment prior to
the reopening of PT Barracks was 1935.
- The assimilation
of women moved forward with enrollment of women in the Corps of Cadets
growing to around 120 for spring semester 2005.
- Admissions applications
have set all-time records for three successive years.
- The academic qualifications
and average GPAs of entering freshmen have risen steadily.
- The academic program
was reorganized from 18 departments into five schools to streamline
administration and boost academic fundraising (2003).
- CGPS (College
of Graduate and Professional Studies) enrollment has grown 21% between
1997 and 2004 and the MBA program has nearly doubled in size.
- The Citadel won
two conference championships last year – wrestling and baseball
– while still strictly adhering to the ideal of the cadet student
- Cadet varsity
athletes have the highest NCAA graduation rate in the state (71%)
and football athletes have the best graduation rate in the Southern
Conference (94% -- the national average is 54% for 1-AA teams).
- 100 percent
of the black football players graduated (national average 47%).
- 83 percent
of all black athletes graduated (national average 48%).
- The Citadel has
gone from no women’s sports to an NCAA Division I program with
7 varsity women’s teams in 7 years.
- Barracks: PT Barracks
(2004) and Murray Barracks (1999) reconstructed; Law Barracks reconstruction
has started this spring.
Athletic Facility completed (2003).
- Altman Center
completed (2001) with private funding.
- Thompson Hall
- Holliday Alumni
Center completed (2000) with private funding.
- Hollings Hall
completed (2000) with private funding.
- The Citadel has
raised more than $6 million for a new football stadium and is exploring
options of partnering with the city and other entities.
- The percentage
of graduating cadets receiving military commissions has increased from
27% in 1997 to 38% in 2004.
- The Citadel has
the oldest and largest Marine enlisted commissioning program in the
country and one of the largest Army ROTC programs.
- With more than
1900 cadets, The Citadel remains the largest college Corps of Cadets
in the country outside of the military academies.
- Military training
has been significantly strengthened:
breakfast reinstated (1997)
- PT test passage
added as a requirement for graduation (1997)
Tac officers hired to improve security and compliance with evening
study period in the barracks (1998)
and human affairs training structured into organized orientation
and refresher classes (1998)
- A capital campaign
that began in 2002 and is still in the quiet phase has raised more than
$50 million in cash and pledges.
- Annual giving
to The Citadel has gone from $2.8 million in 1997 to roughly $12 million
- Separate fundraising
entities were placed under the umbrella of The Citadel Foundation in
2000 to organize and strengthen the fundraising capabilities of The