Check-in for CSI students is scheduled for Saturday, July 6th, between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. To enhance the efficiency of this process, staggered drop-off times are based on the alphabetical order of students’ last names. We kindly request that you arrive at your designated drop-off time. For those arriving early, you may be asked to wait in a waiting area. Family and friends will not be allowed to enter the barracks, CSI staff will be available to assist students with moving into the barracks. Designated drop-off times below:
- Last names A-E: 8:00 AM
- Last names F-J: 8:30 AM
- Last names K-P: 9:00 AM
- Last names Q-Z: 9:30 AM
Approximately one week prior to CSI, you will receive an email containing a 1-day parking pass. Please print this pass and have it visible in your vehicle upon arrival. This will assist our staff in directing you to the appropriate drop-off location.
Following the check-in process, we invite you to enjoy a complimentary Parents’ Breakfast on campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other families and staff, and no RSVP is required. Additional information will be sent out by the Office of Parent and Family Programs.
All CSI students live in the barracks with either one roommate in a double room, or two roommates in a triple room. Students receive a room key upon arrival and must turn in their key during check-out on the last day of CSI. There is a $175 fee to replace a lost key.
CSI staff live in rooms adjacent to CSI students and provide supervision. The barracks are under the authority of The Citadel Commandant’s Department. CSI students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth by this department.
Gender segregation occurs in the barracks and no student will share a room with an opposite-gender student. Male and female restroom facilities are separate and clearly marked. Male and female students are allowed in each others rooms, but the door must be open whenever students of the opposite gender are in a room together. Opposite gender students and staff are required to knock and wait for an “all clear” signal before entering any barracks room.
Morning: Every weekday, excluding Wednesdays, begins with an hour of Physical Training (PT) at 5:30 AM. Following PT, students enjoy breakfast at 7:15 AM, leading into the academic day starting at 8:00 AM.
Afternoon: Lunch is served from 12:00–12:45 PM. The afternoon schedule includes approximately 1.5 hours of LDRS 101 followed by 1 hour of free time. Afterward, students engage in either study hall or intramurals on alternate days.
Evening: Dinner is at 5:15 PM, followed by 1.5 hours of free time. Evening Study Period runs from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, during which students must study, complete homework, or participate in tutoring or study groups. Bed checks occur at 10:00 PM, after which students have in-room free time, study time, or time to sleep. Gates are locked, and lights out by 11:00 PM.
Friday: After lunch, students attend presentations by deans and military departments then have free time until dinner. Movie night begins at 6:30 PM, offering a variety of films chosen by student vote, and includes treats, popcorn, and soft drinks.
Weekend: Saturday brunch is from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, after which students engage in activities or excursions. Boxed breakfast is provided on mornings with early activities. Dinner on Saturday and Sunday is from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Sundays allow for recreational activities at The Citadel and in Charleston, with brunch and dinner provided in the mess hall. Students have access to tennis courts, an outdoor track, and a limited-hours gym at The Citadel, along with outdoor fields and jogging trails at Hampton Park.
All CSI students are required to have a OneCard prior to arrival. This will serve as your campus ID card and is essential for accessing the barracks and classrooms throughout the program.
To obtain your OneCard, please follow these steps:
1. Email a headshot on a light background, similar to a passport photo, to email@example.com (cell phone photo is acceptable).
2. Include your legal first name, last name, and CWID, in the email.
Medication and Allergy Management
CSI students can access MUSC Health services at The Citadel, including medical, counseling, and physical therapy. The on-campus Clinic operates Monday-Friday, July 3rd-13th, with nursing services from 6 AM-6:30 PM and provider coverage from 7:30 AM-2:30 PM. Normal operations, including 24/7 nursing coverage, resume on July 14th, with on-call providers available after hours. Emergency cases are directed to MUSC Hospital in downtown Charleston
|Clinic: (843) 985-1980
|Counseling Center: (843) 985-1981
|Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Over-the-Counter Medications: Over-the-counter medications are allowed in barracks rooms. Students are required to keep them in a locked drawer to which they have the key. Over-the-counter medications are available at the cadet store.
Prescription Medications, and Bedding Covers: These items require approval from The Citadel Clinic. To coordinate and obtain the necessary permissions please contact the Citadel Clinic at (843) 953-4827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medications: Whether ordered by the Clinic or an outside provider, medications can be sent to MUSC Ashley River Tower (ART) Pharmacy for courier delivery. Please have the provider indicate the patient is a Citadel cadet, or medications will not be delivered to the Clinic.
- Medications are delivered at 5PM on weekdays. Pick-up is any time after delivery.
- Charges will be billed to insurance, and cadets are responsible for the remaining balance.
- If prescriptions are not picked up within 48 hours, they will be returned to the pharmacy.
- A state or government-issued ID is required to pick up controlled substances.
Life-Threatening Allergies: For any life-threatening allergies (e.g., severe allergies to peanut butter, bees, penicillin), it is mandatory for the student to wear Medic Alert jewelry, such as a bracelet or necklace, at all times. This ensures that in the event of an exposure or contact, others can provide assistance in an informed manner.
EpiPen Requirement: Students requiring an EpiPen are required to carry it with them at all times.
Physical fitness is a very important aspect of life at The Citadel. The goal of the CSI physical readiness curriculum is to help students improve physical fitness levels and work toward meeting or exceeding The Citadel’s minimum standards for physical fitness.
Students take a required physical education (RPED) course during CSI that meets four days per week for 1 hour, providing the opportunity for students to become better prepared for The Citadel’s rigorous physical requirements. Students track physical fitness progress with a weekly Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
Mail: Within the first few days of CSI, students are taken to the Citadel Post Office and assigned a personal post office box number and key. Any student who loses their mailbox key will be charged for a replacement. We recommend communicating with your student to obtain their assigned post office box number.
- Correct way to address mail: Name/mailbox (MSC) #
Phone: Students may only use their phones during designated “free-time” in the barracks. CSI students may take their cell phones to class, but they must be on silent and kept in their bags.
Email: Each CSI student is assigned a Citadel e-mail address, which they will use while attending The Citadel. This account must be checked daily as email is the main source of communication. Email is a fantastic way for family and friends to keep in touch with students during CSI!
Purchasing Items Off Campus & Delivering Items to Students
Trips to off-campus stores are limited to weekends as CSI students may not leave campus during the week. Publix supermarket is within 1 mile of campus and other shopping facilities are located approximately 20 minutes from campus.
Family members or friends who need to drop off an item for their CSI student can contact the CSI staff at (843) 953-5155 or email@example.com to make arrangements. Deliveries (such as Amazon) can also be mailed to the student’s Citadel address. The Citadel is not responsible for any missing items.
The purpose of the CSI dress code is to help students transition from the more liberal dress codes generally observed in high school to the strict requirements of The Citadel’s uniform. The CSI dress code requires students to meet specific standards of appearance without requiring specific branded articles of clothing. It also helps students make the transition to noticing the small details of their appearance, a necessary skill during the school year. Students whose clothing does not conform to the dress code standards will be required to acquire the appropriate attire and will be required to change clothing as appropriate to become compliant with the dress code.
CSI students are encouraged to practice common sense with regard to protecting their property and should lock their door when they are in class or away from their room. We strongly recommend that students not bring unnecessary valuables with them to CSI. The Citadel is not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged property. Students who do bring any valuable items are strongly encouraged to secure them within the lockbox The Citadel provides, using the combination lock they are required to bring.
Access to laundry facilities is available during the week but due to time constraints, students may have more time on the weekends for laundry. Students must bring enough clothing to last them for at least one week.
Students should plan to do laundry on campus at the coin laundry machines and need to bring laundry detergent and cash (or coins). If for some reason, students are unable to use the coin laundry on campus, there is a local laundromat available within walking distance of campus.
Students should be prepared to deal with a lot of sweaty clothing that results from the physical activity during CSI, and are advised to bring plenty of extra clothing items (especially socks, underwear, t-shirts).
Mailing Belongings to The Citadel
Students traveling by plane, train, or bus may ship some of their belongings to The Citadel before CSI begins to avoid excess baggage charges.
Please mail belongings to the following address: Central Supply, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston SC 29409. Label each item clearly with “CSI Student” as well as the student’s full name. Students will not be able to access their stored items immediately, so make sure that necessities for the first 24 hours at CSI (e.g., change of clothing, toiletries, linens, etc.) are sent with the student, not in the mailed boxes.
Central Supply Warehouse: The Citadel offers free storage for all students, including CSI participants. To learn more about the procedures, and other important information regarding storage, please visit The Citadel’s Luggage Storage webpage.
CSI students can store their items at the warehouse during the CSI program, between the end of CSI and matriculation, and during the school year. Specific opportunities and times will be provided for CSI students to transport their items to the warehouse. Once items are stored, it becomes the student’s responsibility to be aware of the days and times the warehouse is open if access is required to something that is securely stored in the warehouse.
Pick up for CSI students is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st, between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Unlike drop-off, pick-up is not staggered. However, it’s important to note that the actual departure time for each student is dependent upon their final exam schedule.
Final Exams: Some students will have final exams on July 30th, while others will have theirs on July 31st. Regardless of the final exam schedule, no student may leave campus before July 31st.
Departure Location: Students may not depart from a classroom; they must leave from the barracks.
Check-Out Process: Once a student has completed finals, passed room inspection, returned the room key (there is a monetary fine for not returning room keys), and signed out of the barracks, they are permitted to leave (no earlier than 8:00 AM on July 31st).
Departure Deadline: All CSI students are expected to be checked out of the barracks by 1:00 PM on July 31st. Please coordinate with your student to determine when they are ready to leave the barracks with all their belongings. If your student is not immediately ready, you may be waved through and asked to loop around or park elsewhere while waiting.