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MECEP FAQ

  1. As an active duty student, what are my roles within the NROTC Department and the Corps of Cadets?
  2. What is an example of a daily and weekly routine for a MECEP.
  3. Why is The Citadel better than Norwich or VMI? Is it like the Service Academies?
  4. What is the average number of students per class and what is the environment like?
  5. Are Marines allowed to participate in a foreign exchange program?
  6. How is the course load? What is the quality of the education I will receive?
  7. How is the relationship among the local community, The Citadel, and the military?
  8. Because of MECEP requirements, Marines don't get the summer off, is that right?
  9. How does housing work? You get full BAH and Comrats, and have the choice to either live in town, or live on the Naval Station, right? What is it like at the Naval station for Single Marines (small apartment, barracks room, what)?
  10. As for my smart transcripts and previous college credits, will they be transferred to the Citadel? I have 12 college credits holding a 3.0 avg.
  11. If I am considered a transfer student, do I have to submit an SAT, ACT score?
  12. How is the cost of living in the area?
  13. Will I have enough time to pursue a second job?
  14. Where are the medical facilities and where do we go?
  15. Are there a lot of Marines in the unit?
  16. How do I pay for tuition at The Citadel?

1. As an active duty student, what are my roles within the NROTC Department and the Corps of Cadets?

As an active duty student you are not involved or associated with the Corps of Cadets. They have their own requirements and structure that you are not involved with. With the exception of cadets who are Marine options, the majority of your interaction with cadets will take place in the classroom. Active duty students are responsible for getting to class on their own and do not participate in parades.

MECEPs can expect to serve in various leadership positions. Those positions include, but are not limited to: MECEP Platoon Sergeant, Contingent Photographer, Supply NCO, MECEP recruiting, and Webmaster. Additionally, there will be assignments for duties in the execution of Field Training Exercises (FTX). As a member of the FTX staff you will assist in the planning, instruction, and execution of the operation. Your experiences within the Marine Corps are an invaluable asset that helps drive the training and development of future Marine Officers. FTX events include: Mini crucible at Parris Island, The Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Field Ex at Fort Jackson, and a Marine Contingent Mess Night.

2. What is an example of a daily and weekly routine for a MECEP.

Normal routine differs for each Marine depending on their course load. The weekly unit events are:

Monday – NROTC Lab 1600 -1745
Wednesday – Marine PT 0545-0645
Thursday – NROTC Lab 1600-1745

In addition to the weekly battle rhythm, there are two (2) FTX’s a semester. Every NROTC unit conducts FTXs per semster as per Navy ROTC requirements.

As for daily routines, available class times are as follows:

Mon/Wed/Fri – Classes from 0800-1150, and 1300-1550 (50 min classes).
Tue/Thur – Classes from 0800 -1045, and 1300 – 1545 (1 hr 15 min classes).

To view the current classes offered and their scheduled times, visit the registrar’s webpage at http://www.citadel.edu/registrar/

3. Why is The Citadel better than Norwich or VMI? Is it like the Service Academies?

The Citadel is located in Charleston, SC – a small, historic, very cosmopolitan city within easy driving distance (10-15 minutes) of some of the nicest beach communities on the east coast. There are plenty of social opportunities for families as well as single Marines. Norwich and VMI are both in a small town atmosphere.

The Citadel also has one of the most extensive and active alumni associations of any four year institution. Citadel graduates are famous for looking out for their own – whether in the military or in the civilian sector.

The Service Academies are obviously oriented towards their own service. The Citadel is unique in that there is a distinct “joint” flavor to the campus. You will be exposed to all four service cultures during your education.

Finally, you are in an environment that understands your unique situation as a MECEP student. Both the Command and your peers will take an active role in preparing you to be the best possible Marine officer.

4. What is the average number of students per class and what is the environment like?

Class sizes are small in comparison to other universities. The approximate class size is around 20-35 students. Every class (aside from the ROTC classes) will be taught by a full professor and not a Graduate Assistant. All of professors hold a terminal (doctorate) degree. The professors are much more accessible than they are at larger schools. Total size of the student population is approximately 1900 students.

5. Are Marines allowed to participate in a foreign exchange program?

Yes, a number of Marines have already taken advantage of the opportunity.

6. How is the course load? What is the quality of the education I will receive?

Minimum course load is 12 credit hours but most MECEPs will take around 15 credit hours per semester.

In the latest version of US News and World Report, The Citadel was named the #1 public university in the South. The Citadel was also ranked #2 in Regional Universities South, #1 Best Colleges for Veterans, and #6 Best Undergraduate Teaching. You will be earning a great degree and attending a prestigious university if you come here.

7. How is the relationship among the local community, The Citadel, and the military?

Graduates of The Citadel are some of the most respected members of the community here in Charleston. The mayor of the city is a Citadel graduate. Alumni have influential positions in most of the major businesses throughout the low-country, and many of the professors received their undergraduate degrees at the school. Citadel students are very active in the local community and the Friday parades are a popular tourist attraction. Additionally, the community is very proud of its local military and service members aboard the Joint Base Naval Weapons Station and the Joint Base Charleston.

8. Because of MECEP requirements, Marines don't get the summer off, is that right?

Regardless of what school you choose, MECEP Marines will not get summers off. You will be required to take a full course load in the summers when not attending OCS per CNET instruction. A full load is considered 9 credit hours (3, 3 credit classes). There are cases when a MECEP is a senior and there will not be classes offered during the summer months that you need to take. In those cases MECEPs are generally allowed to only take 3 or 6 credit hours. This saves money for the Marine by not paying for classes he or she does not need in their degree plan.

9. How does housing work? You get full BAH and BAS, and have the choice to either live in town, or live on the Naval Station, right? What is it like at the Naval station for Single Marines (small apartment, barracks room, what)?

You receive full BAH and BAS as a MECEP student. Most students simply find an apartment or house near the school, but Marines also have the option of base housing or bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ), respectively, aboard the Naval Weapon Station. For more information on housing options contact the Naval Weapon Station housing office at 843-797-5631.

Many MECEPs live on the base but most MECEPs currently live off the base. It is important to determine commute times to school when selecting the location of your new home.

10. As for my smart transcripts and previous college credits, will they be transferred to the Citadel? I have 12 college credits holding a 3.0 avg.

The Citadel does not generally accept any military training for credit (i.e.: MOS school or MCI’s). Your college credits, however, should transfer over. If you have a question, contact the Registrar’s office at http://www.citadel.edu/registrar/registrarhowto.shtml

11. If I am considered a transfer student, do I have to submit an SAT, ACT score?

The Active Duty application asks for your SAT score, however, MECEP applications are considered on a case by case basis. The fact that you are a Marine selected for the MECEP program shows the school that you are someone cut from different fabric than the typical college student. For specific information, contact the admissions office at 843-953-5230 or visit them on the website at
http://www.citadel.edu/root/admissions-veterans/active-duty

12. How is the cost of living in the area?

The cost of living in the area is higher than the national average. Charleston is very desirable place to live and as of 2019, ranked among the top places to live and retire in the United States. It is also a top 10 destination for tourism worldwide which makes living here desirable. There are areas immediately around the Citadel and downtown Charleston that are expensive, but there are also plenty of areas that are within driving distance and very affordable. There is also the option of the Naval Weapons Station if you choose to live on base.

13. Will I have enough time to pursue a second job?

Your primary responsibility is as a full time student. MECEPs typically do not seek extra employment; however, individual requests are reviewed by the Commanding Officer on a case-by-case basis. 

14. Where are the medical facilities and where do we go?

The medical facilities are located at the Naval Health Clinic Charleston in Goose Creek, SC. The clinic offers regular Medical and Dental care including Primary Care, Physical Therapy, and Mental Health services among other departments. It does not provide Emergency Room services. See their website for more information. 

https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/chas/Pages/Home.aspx

15. Are there a lot of Marines in the unit?

There are 25 MECEPs attending the Citadel as of the Fall 2019 semester.

16. How do I pay for tuition at The Citadel?

As a MECEP at The Citadel you have several different options when considering how you would like to pay for tuition.

The first method to pay for tuition is using your Post-9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33). All Citadel Tuition and Fee payments are covered by the GI Bill at the In-State rate. If interested, the first step in acquiring VA funds is to contact the Veteran’s Services Department at va_benefits@citadel.edu or (843) 953-9824.

The second method first method is to pay out-of-pocket. This option is made possible thanks to an agreement between the Citadel and the NROTC unit in which MECEPs receive a 50% tuition discount in exchange for supporting a few Corps of Cadet inspections throughout the school year. MECEPs who pay for tuition out-of-pocket are able to save their Post 9-11 GI Bill and transfer it over to family members for future use.

The third method to pay for tuition at The Citadel is to apply for federal student loans. An important consideration when choosing to apply for loans is that not all loans are the same, there are subsidized and unsubsidized loans. The basic difference being that as long as the student is enrolled at least half time the federal government will pay the interest charges accrued on the subsidized loans. If you choose the unsubsidized loan will be aware that the student is responsible for paying any and all interest charges while enrolled at The Citadel.

The best way to learn more about federal student loans is to visit the U.S. Department of Education’s, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov If you decide that loans are your best option, complete the FAFSA found at the above website and keep in close contact with The Citadel’s Financial Aid Office to ensure it was received.

The final method to pay for tuition expenses at The Citadel is scholarships. Though most scholarships applicable to MECEP participants will not cover all the expenses they are certainly a great help and are widely used in collaboration with the G.I. Bill and student loans. The most commonly used scholarship is the Admiral Boorda Scholarship offered through the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society. For more information regarding scholarships contact your local education center for lists of scholarships that may apply to you.

In an effort to help you make the right choice the current cost of attending The Citadel as a MECEP student is approximately $3,500.00 per semester or $7,000.00 a year. In addition to the normal fall and spring semester cost, a MECEP participant is also responsible for tuition for the Summer session which amounts to approximately $700.00 per class.

Important Numbers

The Citadel Financial Aid Office: (843) 953-5187
The Citadel Treasurer’s Office: (843) 953-5254
The Citadel Office of Admissions: (843) 953-5230
Marine Officer Instructor: Captain Moreno (843) 953-5175
Assistant Marine Officer Instructor: Staff Sergeant Hart (843) 953-5173

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