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The Citadel, also known as the Military College of South Carolina, is a public senior military college located in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1842, The Citadel has a rich history and educational reputation. In 1922 the school moved from Marion Square to its current location on the banks of the Ashley River in downtown Charleston. Ranked #1 Public College in the South (U.S. News & World Report, 2022) for schools with up to a master’s degree, the opportunities are endless. With undergraduate and graduate programs offered, students can find the right educational fit.
There are about 2,300 undergraduate students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Out of the Corps of Cadets, 1 out of 3 graduates earn a military commission. Students can choose from 31 Majors, 57 Minors, pre-health professions, and pre-law (a concentration in political science). The 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 95% of faculty having PhD’s (or the highest degree offered in their discipline) guarantees students a quality education. Another 1,000 students attend the Graduate College, a civilian evening and online program that offers graduate and professional degrees as well as undergraduate programs.
Corps of Cadets
The Citadel is most recognized for its Corps of Cadets, drawing students from about 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study under a classical military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience. Learn more »
The Citadel has gained recognition for the graduate programs as well. There are over 25 graduate degree programs with over 15 concentration options, over 25 graduate certificate programs, and 12 college transfer programs. Students can take classes in person, online, or hybrid.
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For the 11th consecutive year, The Citadel has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Public College in the South for institutions granting up to a master’s degree.