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The Citadel

The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, has a reputation for producing principled leaders.  The college is also known for its engineering program, which is the fifth oldest engineering program in the nation and is consistently ranked among the top 25 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation for institutions where the highest degree is a master’s degree.

The Citadel School of Engineering boasts two ABET accredited undergraduate degrees—civil and electrical engineering.  A third undergraduate engineering degree, mechanical engineering, is new this year to the engineering curriculum and will be eligible to apply for accreditation after the first student from the program graduates.  Additionally, there are four engineering master’s degree programs—civil, electrical, mechanical and project management, and there are a number of certificate programs as well.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in the School of Science and Mathematics is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.  With the rise of cyber-related crimes, the college began offering an additional graduate certificate in cybersecurity.  The Citadel also offers a master’s degree in computer science in conjunction with the College of Charleston.

With small class sizes, expert faculty and a reputation for academic distinction and producing leaders, The Citadel is a popular choice for focused students who want to take the road less traveled. The iconic campus in Charleston is home to an undergraduate student body of 2,300 students who comprise the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Known for the Corps’ extensive academic, military, physical fitness, leadership and ethics development, The Citadel educates and develops cadets to become leaders in all walks of life.

Men and women who are members of the Corps experience a classic military college education founded on the core values of honor, duty, and respect. Graduates are not required to serve in the military, but each spring about 30 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military.

The cadet experience creates a strong sense of camaraderie through military training and service to others that lasts a lifetime. 

Citadel alumni are recognized as some of the most highly engaged, generous supporters of any college alumni group. The new federal government College Scorecard demonstrates the impact of that network with Citadel graduates earning the second highest salaries of all South Carolina institutions, behind only the Medical University of South Carolina.

Founded in 1842, the college’s rich history includes graduates who have served America in every conflict since the Mexican-American War. In addition to earning the title U.S. News and World Report’s No. 1 Public college in the South offering up to a master’s degree for five consecutive years, The Citadel is also designated the No. 3 Best College for Veterans.  The Citadel proudly offers veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their education in an environment that understands and honors military service. 

Veterans are among the more than 1,000 students attending The Citadel Graduate College. The graduate college offers more than 70 master's degrees, graduate certificates, and undergraduate programs in a wide range of disciplines through an evening schedule. Notable this fall is an expansion of the School of Engineering, which has more than doubled its graduate level offerings. 

Charleston, SC