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Rank: 97

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, SCwww.citadel.edu
The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the six senior military colleges in the U.S., but its graduates are not required to serve in the armed forces upon graduation. Campus life here is very structured: Students wear uniforms, march in military formations, and have mandatory quiet hours to study each night. About 80% of students who apply get in, and 69% of them graduate within six years, a slightly higher rate than schools that admit similar students. The college has a well-regarded civil engineering program. Other popular majors include criminal justice and law enforcement, business administration, and political science. The college is not particularly diverse: 75% of the students are white and about 90% are male. Women weren't admitted until 1996. The school's Global Scholars Program allows students to get a full semester of credits abroad. Past program locations have included Greece and Cyprus. A 10-week summer program in Washington D.C., during which students are encouraged to work at an internship, also helps students gain experience off campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$29,400
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,800
Average price for low-income students
$11,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
82%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1060/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,043
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
61%
% of students who get merit* grants
24%
Average merit grant
$13,354
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$23,800
Average salary within 3 years
$56,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
45%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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