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The Military College of South Carolina
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About The Citadel

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is noted for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842 in Charleston, the college has an undergraduate student body of about 2,135 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Another 1,000 students attend The Citadel Graduate College, a civilian evening program that offers graduate and professional, as well as undergraduate, courses of study.

The Citadel is best known for its Corps of Cadets, which draws students from across the nation and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study under a classical military system that makes leadership and character training an essential part of the educational experience. Approximately a third of graduating cadets accept military commissions.

The Citadel is divided into five academic schools: Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics. Because of its focus on teaching, a noteworthy graduation rate, and strong alumni support, The Citadel rates highly in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings.


The Citadel’s mission is to educate and develop students to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling the core values of The Citadel in a disciplined and intellectually challenging environment.

PT Barracks on The Citadel campus

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