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Prospective Students

Welcome to The Citadel Honors Program webpage. We are glad that you are considering joining us and we encourage you to learn more about our program by visiting the various links. Contact us if you have any questions or would simply like to discuss how our program can benefit your Citadel experience. 

Application Process

Class of 2025 (FALL 2021 Freshmen): Applications for Fall 2021 freshmen will open on 28 August 2020. We encourage you to apply via the Online Application. After we have received your information, we will review your application and contact you for an interview if deemed appropriate.

To be considered for the top merit scholarship opportunities and Honors Program placement, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than by Jan.1. In the event that spaces are still available after that date, applications will be considered in the order received.


Class of 2024 (FALL 2020 Freshmen): During your knob year, you may still apply to join the Honors Program based on your academic performance at The Citadel. Interested cadets should contact the director, providing a statement of interest. Also, you should make an appointment to see the director after midterms (and no later than early December) with A's to discuss the possibility of your joining the Honors Program starting in the second semester.

General Admission Guidelines

Admission at The Citadel Honors Program is an individualized and holistic admission process that examines the entirety of an applicant's academic prowess, creativity, motivation, unique talents, leadership potential, and life experiences. In making a decision to admit a student to The Citadel Honors Program, we are careful not to ascribe too much value to any single metric, such as class rank, GPA, or test scores. We use a broader perspective that includes such qualitative factors as the overall strength of a student's academic program and the ways in which a student has engaged in the community.

We provide these admission statistics to give prospective students a general picture of the freshman applicant and admitted student pool, and we encourage students to keep in mind that these statistics only reflect certain parts of our holistic review process. While we do not have hard and fast standards for admissions, we understand that many prospective students are interested in our "admissions criteria" to determine if The Citadel Honors Program would be a feasible avenue.

Our previously-accepted applicants, on average,
rank in the top 10% of their high school class
scored >1400 (SAT)  OR   > 30 (ACT).


The Citadel Honors Program curriculum is designed to provide an exceptionally broad background of cultural knowledge and learning skills which students can then apply to their chosen areas of academic specialization.

The Citadel Honors Program Handbook

Basic, yet important, information about the operation and organization of The Citadel Honors Program can be found in our handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that making college decisions can be a daunting task. We have provided answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about The Honors Program on the FAQ. If you need additional information or assistance with the application process or just want to know more about The Citadel or The Citadel Honors Program, we encourage you to contact us.

Contact Information

Deirdre D. Ragan, Director (
The Citadel Honors Program
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409-6370
Phone (843) 953-3708

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