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Rank: 92

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 and march in military formations. About 80% of students who apply get in, and 73% 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 the social sciences. The college isn't particularly diverse: 75% of the students are white and about 80% are male. (Women weren't admitted until 1996.) The school offers wide-ranging opportunities, including the Global Scholars Program, which allows students to get a full semester of credits abroad in places like Greece and Cyprus. Recent graduates say their salaries average about $58,800, which is 19% higher than expected, according to MONEY's analysis.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$30,000
% of students who get any grants
63%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,200
Average price for low-income students
$11,350
admissions
Acceptance rate
81%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1120/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,814
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
80%
% of need met
62%
% of students who get merit* grants
23%
Average merit grant
$15,228
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$22,490
Average salary within 3 years
$58,800
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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