Physical fitness is a core part of the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel. New cadets must be physically healthy before attending The Citadel because of the demands during the first year. Below is in-depth information about necessary medical clearance, The Citadel Physical Effectiveness Program (CPEP), The Citadel Physical Fitness Test (CPFT) and the Required Physical Education Program (RPEP).
All academically-accepted applicants must receive medical clearance to enroll in the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel. More information here.
The Citadel Physical Effectiveness Program (CPEP)
The Health, Exercise, and Sport Science Department administers the CPEP in conjunction with the Office of the Commandant. Based upon the idea that effective leaders take pride in their own level of physical fitness, the CPEP focuses on two crucial components: body composition and physical training (PT). Cadets must meet and maintain prescribed height and weight requirements. In addition, the Corps of Cadets must take a PT test each semester. To be classified as physically proficient, cadets must perform satisfactorily in both these areas. Physical proficiency is required in the consideration of rank in sophomore, junior, and senior years, physical proficiency is required.
The Citadel Physical Fitness Test (CPFT)
The CPFT is given at various times during each semester. In addition, a remedial physical fitness program is assigned to any cadet failing to meet minimum standards at any application of the test. Cadets must satisfactorily pass the physical fitness test to be physically proficient, which is a requirement to qualify for class privileges and graduation. There is a timed test for the sit-ups and push-ups with minimum requirements.
Physical Fitness Test Requirements
Required Physical Education Program (RPEP)
The RPED provides an exemplary environment and experiences which contribute to an improved quality of life for the student. The program offers basic instruction in adult and lifetime physical fitness, healthful living, physical activities, and recreational sports which are of immediate and lasting value. Each student must complete RPED 250, Contemporary Health Foundations, and RPED 251, Foundations of Fitness and Exercise, and two different activity courses.