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Citadel News Service
13 Sep 2011

The Citadel named top public college in the South by U.S. News

The Citadel ranks No. 1 among the top public universities in the South that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs, according to the 2012 Best Colleges rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings were released today highlighting the best public and private colleges and universities and programs around the country.The Citadel appears in the Best Regional Universities category because it grants undergraduate (South Carolina Corps of Cadets) and master's degrees (Citadel Graduate College).  Among the top public (regional) universities in the South, the only other South Carolina schools ranked along with The Citadel are College of Charleston (4th) and Winthrop University in Rock Hill (7th).

“The Citadel offers an outstanding academic and leadership experience,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel. “We are very proud that U.S. News & World Report has recognized the efforts of our faculty and staff and put The Citadel at the top of its list.”

When compared against both public and private regional universities,The Citadel is ranked No. 5 by U.S. News. The 626 colleges in the category are ranked by region against their peers because in general they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to the rankings.

The Citadel School of Engineering retained its place at No. 21 among 50 undergraduate engineering schools ranked by U.S. News this year. Schools considered in the best undergraduate engineering program category are the 600 colleges and universities nationally that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The 2012 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Sept. 20. The rankings can also be viewed online at

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