The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina

Type: Coeducational military college

Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational

Yearly Tuition: None (Public)

Year Founded: 1842

The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina, or simply as The Citadel, is a coeducational public comprehensive military college located in 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Previously an arsenal for storing arms and ammunition, it was converted into South Carolina Military Academy—a military school following an Act of Congress in 1842. Throughout the American Civil War, the school played a role as cadets were often called into military service: mounting and manning heavy guns, performing guard duty, providing security and escorting prisoners. Subsequently, The Citadel earned the right to carry nine Confederate battle streamers.

The Citadel is recognized as a top caliber college-level military academy in the United States and annually tops various college rankings.

In the 2008 U.S. News & World Report, the school was listed among the Best Values in the South, ranking 2nd for the “Best master’s degree granting public institution in the South”, 5th for the “Public and private master’s degree granting colleges and universities in the South” and 7th for the “Best value among all institutions in the South”. The Citadel was also in Newsweek Magazine’s 2006 List of “America’s 25 Hot Schools” as the “Hottest Military School”. Its Engineering Department is the most lauded, with its graduates among the most highly-recruited students from The Citadel, and its School of Engineering is ranked 21st among all undergraduate engineering programs nationwide.

Among the six senior military colleges in the United States, The Citadel ranks first for the percentage of students who graduate on time. It holds 64% graduation rate for its four-year programs and 71.9% for its six-year programs. Cadets of The Citadel are twice as likely as their peers to graduate in four years. The Citadel’s top ranking comes from a comparison of all public colleges whose entering students have average SAT scores between 1000 and 1200.

The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina

171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, South Carolina
United States 29409


Office of Admissions

Tel: (843) 953-5230
Tel: (800) 868-1842
FAX: (843) 953-7036

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