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Citadel Military College of South Carolina

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 72% 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: about 80% of the students are white and more than 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 tell PayScale their salaries average about $59,700, which is 22% higher than expected, according to Money's analysis.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The Citadel is providing primarily in-person courses, but it is adapting instruction and training to enable social distancing and enforce new health measures.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$30,400
% of students who get any grants
65%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,100
Average price for low-income students
$9,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
81%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1130/23
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
2,880
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
23%
Average merit grant
$15,810
student success
Graduation rate
72%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$23,250
Average salary within 5 years
$59,700
% earning more than $28,000
85%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The Citadel is providing primarily in-person courses, but it is adapting instruction and training to enable social distancing and enforce new health measures.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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