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…our son called to say that CSI was hard but achievable, so we knew the immediate value of CSI.
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…the classroom instruction was top notch!
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…CSI removed so many worries and helped our cadet relax. He is ready to take on the challenges he will face.
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…CSI gave our son a friend base that I did not expect.
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…CSI kept our son focused on his goal and helped him get ready for “The Road less Traveled.”
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…our son came home with a new village of friends. My husband and I also have a new village of parents that we will lean on for the next four years and keep in touch with after graduation.
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…the ability to earn college credit is huge!
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…our son made so many friends at CSI! He met up with his CSI group before matriculation day.
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…his leader helped him gain confidence that he did not have before CSI.
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…the program was so wonderful; our cadet could not wait to return for matriculation!
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What is CSI?  CSI is a 3.5-week summer residential transition program for incoming Citadel freshmen that helps students prepare for the rigors of knob year in a supportive environment. It addresses academic and cadet life, physical fitness, and social challenges that Citadel students face in their first year on campus.

Who is eligible to attend the CSI program?  Any incoming Citadel student who has been academically accepted and medically cleared may attend CSI.

How can I secure my spot for CSI?  Your completed Registration form will reserve your spot for CSI; students must first receive medical clearance to attend The Citadel. Please refer to the  Preparing for CSI page on The Citadel website to learn more about how to get medical clearance. Visit, or contact the Citadel Admissions Office at (800) 868-1842. If you have specific questions or concerns about the medical clearance process or your status, please contact Brenda Pelham at The Citadel Infirmary at 843-953-4827 or email her at

Why have I not been accepted by CSI?  The infirmary may need additional information to grant your medical clearance. Without medical clearance, which the Infirmary checks weekly, you cannot be accepted by the CSI program. For questions regarding the status of your medical clearance, please contact the Citadel Infirmary directly.

How long does it take to process Registration materials?  Allow two weeks to process your registration materials.  If you have not been medically cleared, this process will take longer.

How can I make payments for CSI?  Once your portal credentials are available in mid-May, you will receive them via E-mail and will then be able to login to Lesesne Gateway, view your bill, and pay the CSI fee. CSI bills will be generated once the student is placed into a class.  All payments will be online, so please DO NOT send cash or check.  If you have any questions, please call us at 843-953-5705, or email

Please Note: The Citadel will accept 529 plan payments for the CSI fee. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payments from pre-paid tuition plans. Pre-paid plans require a per-credit-hour rate to be utilized. In an effort to offer the CSI program at the lowest possible cost, the program was packaged and a comprehensive CSI fee was determined. A credit-hour rate cannot be extracted from the CSI fee. It is advantageous to utilize a pre-paid tuition plan when students are enrolled in a full-time status.

What is the daily schedule like during CSI?  Students follow a highly regimented schedule during the week. Each day begins at 5:30 A.M., and the weekday ends with bed checks at 10 P.M. Study and free time are built into the schedule each day.

Do students leave on the weekend?  Students may earn weekend leave time. There will be strict check-in/out procedures, and a curfew will be enforced.  Students who have signed out for leave will not have meals available in the mess hall during the leave time.

Do the students wear uniforms?  No. Students wear civilian clothes during CSI. The dress code is included in the information provided on our Citadel and Facebook pages.

What classes are offered during CSI?  Each CSI student takes one academic core class along with at least one mandatory class required by all majors. Courses offered are listed on the CSI Academic page of The Citadel website.

Is CSI just like knob year?  CSI does not recreate the experience of knob year. Instead, the program serves as a stepping stone between the student's life in high school and The Citadel's unique environment. CSI gives students experiences between where they're coming from and where they're headed. For example...

  • CSI students do not wear uniforms like the corps, but they are required to follow a specific dress code.
  • CSI students do not earn merits/demerits and are not punished with tours or confinements like the corps, but they do follow an accountability system in which they could be sent home after a certain number of violations.

How do I Register for CSI?  All academically accepted Citadel students will need to submit the online Registration form to reserve a space in the CSI program.


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