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Citadel News Service
20 Aug 2009

We’re No. 1! The Citadel named the best in the South

The Citadel is the No. 1 best value among master’s degree-granting colleges in the South, according to the 2010 best college rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

In the category of institutions that award up to a master’s degree, The Citadel is the only public college in South Carolina and one of two public institutions in the nation recognized in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News said.
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The ranking is based on the net cost of attendance and on The Citadel’s standing in other categories in the 2010 rankings. Those are:

  • No. 2 best public institution in the South (among institutions that award up to a master’s degree).
  • No. 5 among all master's degree-granting colleges and universities in the South, both public and private.
  • No. 26 best undergraduate engineering programs

“In these tough economic times, it’s important that families know The Citadel was recognized not only as among the best overall colleges and universities in the South, but also a best value,” said Samuel M. Hines, Jr., provost and dean of the college.

The Citadel’s standing was unchanged from last year in two of the four categories it was ranked in. The Citadel was ranked No. 7 best value in the 2009 report. Also, the School of Engineering rose from No. 34 to No. 26 for best undergraduate engineering programs.

“The faculty in the School of Engineering are proud to have a nationally recognized program that provides our students with a rigorous academic curriculum coupled with a challenging learning environment aimed at developing principled leaders for the engineering profession,” said Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering.

The engineering ranking is based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty at institutions nationwide.

“We are delighted with our top rankings, but a more important proof of success is students who want to attend,” Hines said. “Last Saturday, 721 freshmen matriculated -- our largest class in 34 years. That is a powerful demonstration that families believe The Citadel provides the best preparation for meeting the challenges students will face.”

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