ItTakes Grit

Does the idea of a conventional education seem a little… boring?

If you’re looking for a transformative experience that will give you leadership skills that will set you apart, The Citadel is the place for you. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, The Citadel offers a values-based education set in a military environment with a time-honored reputation for producing leaders. At The Citadel you will learn from professors who are leaders in their field of study. You will learn what it means to be part of a team. You will develop enduring friendships.  And you will push yourself… hard. You will test yourself. And your endurance. You will learn about perseverance… resilience… stamina… determination. And in four years, you will emerge strong, confident, ready to tackle any challenge that comes your way. You will become a leader.

Service before self

Principled leadership training teaches cadets the value of integrity and moral character in everyday life. Cadets pledge to abide by the college’s core values of honor, duty and respect. Leadership, initiative and character are developed by placing cadets in positions of responsibility within the Corps of Cadets. Additionally, The Citadel offers many opportunities to serve the community, with cadets donating more than 25,000 hours of service every year.

Small classes, big outcomes

Cadets benefit from small classes, professors dedicated to their success and a wide array of educational support services that provide nationally recognized guidance and support. Special programs, such as the Honors Program and a robust study abroad program, offer unique opportunities to enrich their academic experience. With courses that offer challenging coursework and hands-on experiences, a Citadel education enables cadets to pursue their passion and fulfill their highest academic potential.

Beyond the classroom

Cadets are immersed in an intense military lifestyle 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also complete training in the ROTC branch of their choice. These experiences arm cadets with the time management, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary to succeed in both military and civilian careers. Regular habits that include discipline, attention to duty, obedience to authority, and appreciation for order are considered among the most valuable features of Citadel education.

The extra mile

Effective leaders take pride in their level of physical fitness. A lasting value of a Citadel education is the foundation of fitness and healthful living that remains long after graduation. In addition to the physical health benefits of being physically fit, there are mental health benefits as well. Cadets participate in regular physical training and are expected to meet and maintain fitness standards. Division I athletics and club sports provide additional opportunities to exercise while developing teamwork skills in a competitive environment.

“We come to The Citadel for a challenge. And when things get hard, my classmates always help me through it. If I ever need anything I know they are there, and they know they can come to me, too.”

Aaron Daninger, ’22

“You’re not only a team on the field but also a team in the Corps. The leadership you learn in the Corps helps you become a better leader on the field.”

Kate Manzione, ’21

“The Citadel has taught me not to see a challenge as a problem; instead, to see a challenge as an opportunity to make an impact.”

Marcus Milhouse. ’19

#1 Public College in the South

The Citadel has been ranked #1 Public College in the South offering up to a master's degree by U.S. News & World Report for 9 years in a row.

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