As a higher education institution, The Citadel’s mission is to educate and develop our students to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling the core values of The Citadel (Honor, Duty and Respect) in a disciplined and intellectually challenging environment. A unique feature of this environment for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is the sense of camaraderie produced through teamwork and service to others while following a military lifestyle.
The Citadel strives to produce graduates who have insight into issues, ideas, and values that are of importance to society. It is equally important that Citadel graduates are capable of both critical and creative thinking, have effective communication skills, can apply abstract concepts to concrete situations, and possess the methodological skills needed to gather and analyze information.
Throughout its history, The Citadel’s primary mission has been to educate undergraduates as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and to prepare them for post-graduate positions of leadership through academic programs of recognized excellence supported by the best features of a military environment. The cadet lifestyle provides a structured environment that supports growth and development of each student’s intellect, discipline, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values. The four pillars which define The Citadel experience for cadets consist of these four developmental dimensions.
A complementary mission of The Citadel, realized through The Citadel Graduate College, is to provide the citizens of the Lowcountry and the State of South Carolina opportunities for professional development by offering a broad range of educational programs of recognized excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These programs are designed to accommodate the needs of non-traditional students seeking traditional and demanding academic challenges.
Statement of Vision
Achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders
The mission of The Citadel is achieved with the focus on the three core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect.
Honor demands adherence to the Honor Code of The Citadel. A cadet “will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do.” The Honor Code is the foundation of the college. The commitment to honor extends beyond the gates of The Citadel and is a life-long obligation to moral and ethical behavior. Honor demands integrity; “doing the right thing when no one is watching.” Finally, honorable behavior includes exercising the moral courage to “do the right thing when everyone is watching.”
Duty is a call to serve others before self. To quote General Lee, “Duty is the sublimest word in the English language. You must do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.” Duty requires that cadets accept and accomplish the responsibilities assigned to them. At The Citadel, a cadet’s primary duty is to perform academically and then to perform as a member of the Corps of Cadets and the campus community. Duty demands that cadets accept the consequences of their actions and hold others accountable for their actions. Finally, duty means that others can depend on all cadets to complete their assignments and to assist others with their assignments.
Respect demands that cadets treat other people with dignity and worth – the way cadets would want others to treat them. Respect for others eliminates any form of prejudice, discrimination, or harassment. Respect demands that cadets are duly obedient to those in positions of authority. Finally, respect includes a healthy respect for one’s self.
The Citadel is a coeducational, comprehensive, state-assisted, four-year institution whose primary undergraduate student body consists of approximately 2,300 members of the Corps of Cadets, all of whom reside on campus. The primary service area for these students is regional, with approximately half of each freshman class coming from South Carolina. The Citadel, however, does draw undergraduate students from all parts of the United States and many foreign countries. The College offers a wide range of baccalaureate degree programs in the humanities, social and natural sciences, business administration, engineering, and education. These academic programs prepare graduates of the Corps of Cadets for a variety of careers; about half of these graduates enter business and the professions, a third or more enter the military and government service, and the remainder go directly into graduate and professional study. Many graduates choose to pursue professional or graduate degrees later in their careers.
Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, The Citadel Graduate College serves a degree-seeking population of approximately 1,200. The primary service area is the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Citadel Graduate College also offers a wide range of baccalaureate degree programs and graduate degree programs. The mission of the Graduate College is to meet the needs of the South Carolina Lowcountry in terms of instruction, public service, and research, including such initiatives as cooperative programs with other educational institutions, is an important part of The Citadel’s mission.
Together, the Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College enroll approximately 3,500 students, about three-fourths of whom come from South Carolina.
In its educational programs, The Citadel acknowledges and endorses the teacher-scholar ideal, recognizing that the excellence of all of its academic programs is dependent upon the quality of its faculty. This ideal is pursued through teaching and lecturing, researching, writing, publishing, and public service. The Citadel’s faculty members also address audiences beyond the college by sharing their knowledge with other scholars and with the public.