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Our Mighty Citadel

Our Mighty Citadel

Our Mighty Citadel

The decision to attend The Citadel is a commitment to be challenged. As a member of the Corps of Cadets, you will join an extraordinary group of young individuals driven by a strong moral code and a desire to make a difference. You are strong, but when you join your classmates, you become part of a team. Together you become resilient. You form lifelong bonds that define who you are. You learn to uphold standards and learn the value of accountability and integrity. And in this process, you realize that you are capable of more than you ever thought.

Choose something different… and you’ll never be the same.

Aaron Daninger

Aaron Daninger

Hometown: Cocoa Beach, FL

Company: Charlie

Major: History

For Cadet Aaron Daninger, quitting was not an option. The fourth-class system was difficult—but when things got hard, his classmates helped him get through it.

See Aaron's Story

Ashley Coplo

Hometown: Bluffton, SC

Company: Charlie

Major: Exercise Science

Before she could become one of the few, Cadet Ashley Coplo had to learn how to be part of the team.

See Ashley's Story

Shiloh Smiles

Shiloh Smiles

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Company: Fourth Battalion

Major: Computer Science, Cyber Operations

At The Citadel, Cadet Shiloh Smiles has gained confidence both as a future cybersecurity professional and as a leader. For Shiloh, cybersecurity isn't just about the 1's and 0's — it's about the people and places that must be protected.

See Shiloh's Story

Keith Brace

Keith Brace

Faculty & Staff

TAC Officer, Fourth Battalion and Tango Company

For Lt. Col. Keith Brace The Citadel is where everything started. As a cadet, he learned how to pick himself up, kick off the dust, and keep moving forward — and now he's come full circle, influencing the next generation of leaders.

See Keith's Story

Lauren Roche

Lauren Roche

The Citadel Graduate College

Program: M.Ed. in Literacy Education

Class of 2021

At her Title I school, Lauren Roche makes a positive impact every day by doing what she loves. When Roche noticed her English language learners needed an advocate, she enrolled in The Citadel Graduate College's literacy education program.

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#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 10 years in a row.

1 in 3 Cadets Earn a Commission

Approximately 1 in 3 cadets earn a commission into the U.S. Armed Forces upon graduation.

Citadel Graduate College

The Citadel Graduate College offers 25 graduate degrees programs with 22 concentration options, 25 graduate certificates and 10 undergraduate degree completion programs.

11:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

The 11:1 student-faculty ratio ensures direct access to nationally recognized scholars.

2,300 Cadets

Approximately 2,300 students comprise the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel.

Over 90% Cadet Placement

Over 90% of Cadets report professional employment, military, or graduate school acceptance within 6 months of graduation, which is significantly above the national average.

$250,690,056 Raised

20,784 donors contributed to the Foundation for Leadership campaign, a 6 year effort to support the college.

Over 1,100 Non-Traditional Students

The Citadel Graduate College has a population of over 1,100 students, 23% of whom are a part of the undergraduate degree completion program.

16 Varsity Athletic Teams

The Citadel is part of the Division I Southern Conference with 9 men's varsity teams and 7 women's varsity teams.

Learning in 23 Countries

Citadel cadets and students study abroad in 23 countries across several continents.

22% Veteran Students

22% of the Citadel Graduate College are veteran students studying locally and abroad with The Citadel ranked as #1 Public College for Veterans in the South.

24 Undergraduate Majors

The Citadel offers 24 undergraduate majors and 39 minors.

#1 College for Alumni Giving in the South

The Citadel is ranked #1 College for Alumni Giving in the South with a current alumni network of over 39,000 people.

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