The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Freshman Year


John Rosa

As members of the Class of 2019, you are entering The Citadel at a time when the need for principled leaders is greater than it has ever been. You are to be commended for accepting the academic, physical and mental challenges that await you as those challenges will foster personal growth that develops you in mind, body and spirit. Your time as a cadet will be more demanding and more rewarding than you ever thought possible. Soon after you arrive, you will realize that your relationships with classmates are central to your success, as they will be the ones to support and encourage you. You will learn the value of taking responsibility for your actions, and you will experience the rewards that follow honorable behavior. Once you have completed your education, you will leave The Citadel armed with the knowledge and values necessary for effective principled leadership. The Citadel’s reputation for producing principled leaders spans more than 160 years, and I challenge you to join the Citadel’s tradition of excellence in honor, leadership, service, and academics. Together, we will build upon the Citadel’s solid foundation as we ensure the institution remains a relevant force in the 21st century.

John W. Rosa

Lieutenant General, USAF,( Retired)
Citadel Class of 1973


Citadel Freshman Information

Academic Services and Resources

Admission Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

Cadet Terminology

Citadel Mission Statement

Leaders 101 Overview

Connect Your Computer in the Barracks

Difference Between High School and College

Do You Think You Might Have a Learning Disability?

Family Tip Sheet

FAQs for Textbook Rental

Female PT Test Requirements

Fine Arts

Help for Cadets

Honor at The Citadel

Leadership at The Citadel

Male PT Test Requirements

Medical Insurance Information

Physical Fitness

Postal Services


Suggested Readings for Family Members


Timeline for Cadets

Traffic Diagram

Transfer Policy

Transition Tips for Cadets and Parents

What Every Freshman Needs to Know Before Starting College

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