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Citadel Military College of South Carolina Overview

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Citadel Military College of South Carolina is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Citadel Military College of South Carolina Known For?

628 Undergraduate Awards
$41,371 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at The Citadel is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at The Citadel.
  • In 2017-2018, 67% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from The Citadel with a bachelor's degree make about $56,800 a year. That's 39% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from The Citadel to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina Rankings

The Citadel is ranked #131 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, it is ranked at #2.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

The Citadel has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#59 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#179 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at The Citadel.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best History Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best History Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards The Citadel has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#52 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#66 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Citadel Military College of South Carolina?

Location of Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Contact details for The Citadel are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409
Phone: 843-225-3294
Website: www.citadel.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCitadel
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/TheCitadelOEA

How Do I Get Into The Citadel?

You can apply to The Citadel online at: www.citadel.edu/root/applyhub

Admission Requirements for The Citadel

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into The Citadel?

81% Acceptance Rate
13% Of Accepted Are Women
44% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 81%, The Citadel may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 87% of accepted students are men and 13% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 44% of students accepted to The Citadel submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Citadel Military College of South Carolina  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Citadel Military College of South Carolina  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800
The Citadel received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Citadel Military College of South Carolina  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Citadel Military College of South Carolina  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Citadel Military College of South Carolina  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Citadel Military College of South Carolina?

$41,371 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of The Citadel is $41,371. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At The Citadel, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $11,257 a year. That adds up to $45,028 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at The Citadel is 4.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Citadel Military College of South Carolina Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,688 Full-Time Undergraduates
12% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,923 undergraduate students at The Citadel, with 2,688 being full-time and 235 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  The Citadel

There are also 844 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,688 full-time undergraduates at The Citadel, 88% are male and 12% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  The Citadel

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Citadel Military College of South Carolina students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of The Citadel Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 47
Black or African American 195
Hispanic or Latino 194
White 2,049
International Students 25
Other Races/Ethnicities 178

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Citadel Military College of South Carolina. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 16 countries are represented at The Citadel. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Taiwan, Thailand, and China.

Online Learning at Citadel Military College of South Carolina

381 Took All Classes Online
731 Took At Least One Class Online
50.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at The Citadel. In 2017-2018, 731 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at The Citadel has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 9th most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of The Citadel

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Citadel Military College of South Carolina was 50.9%. This is the #496 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at The Citadel regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of The Citadel majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 7%
Health & Physical Education 16%
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 83%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 83%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 16%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 19%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 55%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at The Citadel ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at The Citadel.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #3
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #3
Homeland Security #4
Teacher Education Grade Specific #31
Criminal Justice & Corrections #54
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #56
Education #89
Business Administration & Management #124
Business, Management & Marketing #159

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Citadel Military College of South Carolina Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 163 21 87 271
Engineering-Related Fields 0 35 36 71
Mechanical Engineering 63 0 7 70
Criminal Justice & Corrections 64 0 0 64
Health & Physical Education 45 2 14 61
Civil Engineering 55 1 4 60
Political Science & Government 48 0 1 49
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 19 24 44
Electrical Engineering 37 0 1 38
General Biology 24 0 7 31
Educational Administration 0 2 29 31
General Psychology 6 0 24 30
Student Counseling 0 4 24 28
Teacher Education Grade Specific 4 0 23 27
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 25 0 0 25
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 8 2 13 23
Nursing 21 0 0 21
History 18 1 1 20
Accounting 14 0 0 14
Computer Information Systems 12 0 0 12
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 12 0 12
Systems Engineering 0 11 0 11
General English Literature 5 0 1 6
Chemistry 6 0 0 6
Physics 5 0 0 5
Mathematics 4 0 0 4
Information Technology 0 3 0 3
General Social Sciences 0 0 3 3
Computer Science 0 0 2 2
Manufacturing Engineering 0 1 0 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering 0 0 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0
Robotics Engineering 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 628 114 301 1,043

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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