Top Public College in the South for the Seventh Consecutive Year

The Citadel

This recognition is testament to the passionate commitment of the entire Citadel family.

The Citadel has earned the title of #1 Public College in the South offering up to a master’s degree from U.S. News & World Report for the seventh consecutive year. The 2018 Best Colleges rankings were released September 12, by the news outlet that was one of the first American publishers to produce a college rankings list.

The Citadel earned high ranks in several areas:

#1 Public College in the South offering up to a master’s degree (seventh consecutive year)


“As our Corps of Cadets, students, faculty and staff return to the college after Hurricane Irma, they will be greeted with the great news that for the seventh consecutive year, The Citadel has earned recognition as the #1 public college in the South offering up to a master’s degree,” said The Citadel President, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “The Citadel’s values-based, leadership-centered education continues to be highly relevant, as underscored by the steady growth we’ve seen with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and our graduate student population. This recognition is testament to the passionate commitment of the entire Citadel family, which extends to our alumni and the families of those who learn and serve here.”

The publisher also puts The Citadel at #1 for alumni giving for regional universities in the South (public and private) at 25 percent.

“Alumni giving is an important indicator of a college’s strength and how the alumni are emotionally attached to the institution,” said Jay Dowd, Ph.D., chief executive officer of The Citadel Foundation. “Citadel graduates hold extraordinary pride in their alma mater, and we, in turn, are proud that they give back so generously to sustain the college’s mission and our Foundation for Leadership campaign. Each gift is a genuine vote of confidence in The Citadel’s ability to educate principled leaders, and we are grateful for their support as we continue to improve on this indicator of strong philanthropic activity.”

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