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Citadel News Service
19 Aug 2005

The Citadel tops again in U.S.News rankings

The Citadel has been named a best value in the South and the No. 2 public university in the South by U.S.News & World Report. And for the sixth straight year The Citadel School of Engineering has ranked among the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.

In addition, the annual rankings puts The Citadel at No. 7 for best master's universities in the South.

The high marks from U.S.News & World Report come on the heels of Newsweek magazine naming The Citadel one of its 25 hottest colleges in America.

In the U.S.News rankings for 2006, the college held steady at the No. 2 spot for top public universities in the South offering up to master’s degree. Last year it tied for the same position. This year, however, the annual rankings lauded the college for its outstanding six-year graduation rate of 69 percent.

“This has been a good week,” said Maj. Gen. Roger C. Poole, interim president of The Citadel. “These rankings are just one of many measures that we pay attention to but we know that prospective students look at what U.S.News & World Report and Newsweek say, and so that makes good rankings very important to us.”

U.S.News & World Report ranked The Citadel No. 7 in the South for best value. Last year, the college ranked No. 8.

Civil and electrical engineering students are among the most highly recruited students at The Citadel. There are approximately 400 enrolled in program, which is ranked No. 32 by U.S.News.

“I believe that what makes our programs stand out is the highly qualified faculty in both departments that are committed to teaching excellence,” said Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering.

The annual U.S.News ranking groups colleges and universities by region and by the programs offered. The Citadel falls in the category of institutions offering a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. The engineering program is ranked with undergraduate programs nationwide.

The U.S.News & World Report rankings appear in the 2006 edition of America's Best Colleges guidebook, which is available at U.S.News Online and in the magazine on newsstands Aug. 22.
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