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Citadel Military College of South Carolina Reviews

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  • 12/06/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    One of the best schools to go to.

    Will enjoy being here

    Not much to do, and a lot of strenuous training, but it will pay off in the long run.

    Will learn a lot

    The Citadel requires courage, obedience, effort, integrity, and hard-work, but the outcome is worth it. The success rate for graduates is phenomenal in the career world.

  • 10/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who wont to stand out from their peers in both college experiences, be instilled with discipline, and have a edge in both the civilian and military career fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a completely different experience, and be physically and mentally fit for both the college academics, and the military elements of The Citadel

    Bang for the buck

    As a freshman you may not truly see it but in the long-term you will

    Am enjoying being here

    Freshmen will have a different experience but after that experince you will truly enjoy being at The Citadel

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on your major here especially the Civil Engineering major but there are plenty of people to help, and keep you on course with your studies whatever they be

  • 11/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The Citadel is great for any male or female who is not afraid of hard work. You will see a change in yourself after being there for two months, and will continue to change for the better as you progress and grow. If you want a good education and do better with structure in your life, you will do very well at The Citadel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once accepted, The Citadel sends you information on how to prepare yourself physically. There is also a parent association which will answer any and all questions you or your parents may have. Citadel has an informative website and several different Facebook pages to check out. The freshman Citadel experience is one of mental and physical challenges, and you learn to manage your time well.

    Bang for the buck

    The Citadel was recently ranked as the number 1 public college in the South and put education as their main priority. The professors, staff and Academic Support Center are interested in helping students and have been available to me anytime I've asked for assistance.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though it's been tough, I know I have taken the road less traveled and am enjoying the Citadel experience as a freshman (Knob as we are called). The company I'm in is one of hardest and very demanding, but all the cadets are great and support each other.

    Am learning a lot

    Honor, Duty and Respect....those three words are now ingrained in my mind, and I'm becoming a better person all around from having only been a part of The Citadel since August 13, 2011. The work is challenging, but not impossible if you put your mind to it.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a military college- it's going to be pretty darn safe. There haven't been any arrests, though there was a hazing incident a few years ago. Other than that, the Citadel is serious about respecting others' property; in the barracks there are plaques that say, A cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.

    Greek Life

    None- you're required to live on campus in one of the barracks.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have ten different sports offered, and the only major organizations are the ROTC you are required to join.

    Great for these types of students

    -Someone who wants to be challenged. Seriously challenged. -Someone who can take strain. -Someone who wants to leave school with a great work ethic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Knob Year- You get treated like a dog (I treat my dog very well, so I guess it wasn't a very accurate simile). You have to use only side doors, must know your Knob Knowledge, have to do the busy work of your team, and generally are the slaves of the upperclassmen until your next year.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the price of the school isn't too high in today's standards, the uniform costs do balance it out so that it is a bit pricey.

    What to do for fun

    If you earn the privilege after your PFT you get to go downtown. There's usually something going on, especially when it's not cold out (though you have to always be in uniform when going off campus). The better you do on your PFT, the more privileges you get.

    Food and Dining

    Five stars, not because of the school food. The mess hall seems like it serves mostly your basic hot dogs and such; regular stuff you'd make at home when you don't want to go out of your way. Outside of the school, however, is Charleston, and they're a major food town with many amazing places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Knob year sucks. You're at the top floor, are constantly working, and probably won't have time for much beyond studying and working out.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is intense. Either you're studying, in class, or you're doing something physical. (Note: these ratings are based on observations and facts learned when on a campus tour)

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get ready to run miles upon miles -Learn your Knob Knowledge -Look into prices: uniforms are expensive -Polish your shoes -Run -Run more -Don't bother bringing cute/fancy clothes. You're given an approved items list -Run

    In three sentences

    An intense school focused on business majors. Has a small biology program. If you're not doing anything productive, they'll give you something to do.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    determined, brave, daring, interested in a Military career or those looking for discipline in their life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get yourself into great physical shape; The Citadel is not a place for people who are out of shape - physically, mentally, or emotionally. You will be tested.

    Bang for the buck

    The Citadel is one of the highest rated schools in terms of dollar worth.

    Will enjoy being here

    The Citadel has a beautiful campus and it's located in a phenomenal city

    Will learn a lot

    The Citadel professors are great! They're extremely helpful and willing to work with you, to help you succeed in their class.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for anything

    Bang for the buck

    The Citadel teaches you what you need to know, and as long as you adhere to those lessons, you should be set.

    Am enjoying being here

    Plain and Simple, while you are here, it sucks. You are stuck here, the first year is very difficult, and there are mandatory events all of the time, but when you are here, you make a true bond with your classmates that can barely be imagined by those who have not had the experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Everything that you learn here has a definite real world application. If you take the lessons that you learn here to heart, then you will truly be the whole man that the Citadel strives to mold its students to. The professors are knowledgeable, classes are small, and there are plenty of extra opportunities to receive extra help.

  • 10/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that... Want good connections in the military and civilian world. Want a very structured, strict, hard enviroment to live in. Want to commission as an officer into the military. (I want to be a SWO in the Navy.) Are Southern to the core.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get physically fit. Big time.

    Bang for the buck

    Well, it`s the best regional public college in the South!

    Will enjoy being here

    You`ll Now, I`m in high school, not there (yet). But, I really want to go. Cappex says I`m a solid candidate, so, I`m hopeful! But I think you would really enjoy it if you want to be pushed to your limits, and get a great education. Also, I want to come because I`m a Southerner and I`d like to go to a very (culturally) Southern college. If the History professors refer to the war as The War of Northern Aggression, then it sounds perfect! I would almost rather go here than Annapolis!

    Will learn a lot

    Well, it`s the best regional public college in the South!

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    These are some qualities that would make your time here easier but do not be discouraged if you do not have them. Be good at memorizing, be obedient, be a good time manager, having some knowledge of military drills would have helped me. However, if you do not enter with these qualities, you will leave with them and, if you already possess them, they will be perfected.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are indeed coming here, start memorizing your knob knowledge, break in and start shining your shoes early, and, when you are there, just take things a day at a time. Just know that the upperclassmen have gone through a lot to prepare for your arrival. Sometimes it can feel like they do not understand or care but it is just the opposite. They are also there to help you. Also, remember that it is a college and that your academics come first. How shiny your shoes are does not matter if you do not have a high enough GPA to stick around for the next one. Maintain a good relationship with your professors by doing what they ask of you, do everything in your power not to fall asleep, be present, do not be late, and notify them of any circumstances that may be in conflict with the class, and always ask for help when you need it or take advantage of tutoring (it is free). For your knob duties, get close with your classmates early on because they can help you. Get your things ready the night before and always utilize ESP (Evening Study Period) for school, even to just get ahead.

    Bang for the buck

    Freshman year can definitely hit a family hard—especially out-of-state tuition and uniform fees. However, in the long term it is all worth it because of the successful graduation rate in four years. I think the number is between 70-75%. With other schools, the majority of students end up attending another year or two which can tip the balance when it comes to costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    Well, if you know anything about The Citadel already, you might know that freshman year presents a lot of challenges that you would not otherwise find at many other schools. However, I do not believe that I could have made tighter relationships at any other school. The situations you are forced to go through propel you to cling to your classmates for support. I am not going to lie and say it is all “blue skies and rainbows” but it is one of the most motivating and amazing experiences. You will have so many stories to tell at the end of the day. The laughs, smiles, and inside jokes that you will have made make everything worth it.

    Am learning a lot

    This college is setup so that you are not only informed of every resource at your fingertips but they are actually accessible to you. The good thing about attending a smaller college is that your teachers actually have time for you and so do the tutors. Also, every professor I have had has been more than qualified in their given subjects and is very approachable. But The Citadel does not solely offer knowledge towards your major. It teaches you life skills and other many important messages. I can honestly say that I have learned what is important and how to prioritize my time.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    as if any one is going to mess with the future us military condensed into a square mile. we all have rifles too.

    Greek Life

    the citadel is one big fraternity. aside from that, cadets are not allowed to be part of a fraternity or sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of athletic clubs. not alot in the way of arts though.

    Great for these types of students

    driven. looking for a challenge. just to the left of sane.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are way to many to count... knob year is one though, and it is hell on earth, but you get the best friends you will ever have from it.

    Bang for the buck

    it is a great place to be from, but is not a fun place to be all the time. the citadel definitely has its fun moments though. locking a bunch of twenty year old guys up all week every week will certainly yield some interesting results.

    What to do for fun

    go on leave. go to charleston. college of charleston girls

    Food and Dining

    it could definitely be better. the canteen has pretty good food though.

    Dorm Life

    the barrack are not anything like a normal dorm. it is something you have to experience, it, a lot like the rest of the school cannot be described, only experienced.

    Academic Rigor

    the cadet life puts extra strain on your studies, but also creates a work ethic that will help you balance both very well

    Tips for prospective students

    do pt, get in shape

    In three sentences

    it is incredibly demanding. it creates a fantastic work ethic. you get phenomenal camaraderie and networking opportunities from the school.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a curfew in place and every barracks has a gate that has guards.

    Bang for the buck

    The Citadel has been rated the top public school in the southeast and will be a life-changing experience for anyone who decides to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't all that great and freshmen are required to attend every meal.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, just barracks. Most of the time you have to stay within the barracks or on campus though you do get leave every now and then.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but overall, not that difficult and they provide an excellent opportunity and education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in shape and get mentally prepared for your first year.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It has a great CE and EE department.

    Bang for the buck

    You come out knowing how to be a good leader.

    What to do for fun

    When you get free time being in Charleston it is a beautiful city, take a walk around it, go see a movie, or hang out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food there isn't as good as they promise there is no way that it is healthy.

    Dorm Life

    You are stuck there most of the time so you past the times with your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering degree is harder there because they turn a 5 year degree into a 4 year degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not for everyone but when you finish knob year you have accomplished something great.

    In three sentences

    It breaks people down to build them back up. It's engineering departments are the best departments there. It makes you feel like you can do anything.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Because all cadets are under the Honor Code along with the military foundation of the school, campus safety is absolutely UNBEATABLE!

    Greek Life

    There really isn't any, but you won't need it. The brotherhood/sisterhood you will find between yourself and your classmates is better than any college frat or sorority. I can promise you that!

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs on campus are awesome! They provide great escapes to the sometimes hectic lifestyle you will live. I STRONGLY recommend joining a few!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, head-strong, and ambitious students with the drive for a challenging college experience do the best here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are far too many to name, all of which are in great fun! You'll find out when you get there!

    Bang for the buck

    Although this school is really expensive (ESPECIALLY out-of-state tuition), it is ALL worth it!!

    What to do for fun

    The Citadel is located in Charleston, SC, which was recently voted as the 2012 Number 1 city to visit in the U.S., and featured in National Geographic's Traveller's Edition! The fun is endless in that city!

    Food and Dining

    The food is less than stellar... Mainly because you get the same two-week meal schedule.

    Dorm Life

    Although you live in barracks rather than dorms, you will have more fun there than you would at any normal dorm anywhere else, especially at Halloween and Christmas!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too hard. The hardest part is balancing the military life with your academic life. However, you cannot slack! Procrastination will be the death of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you work out before matriculating! Stay focused on the reasons why you decided to attend: never lose sight of your goals. Finally, academics are indeed THE most important!

    In three sentences

    The Citadel is an outstanding college! It teaches self-discipline, communication with others, and will refine one as a leader, all while keeping one focused and making great grades. It also provides an unbeatable network that will help one after graduation.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    13 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    A normal cafeteria but it has the cleanest dining facility for any college or university. Each Cadet takes responsibility for cleaning up there mess

    Dorm Life

    Not allowed to have a messy room but that just prepares the cadets for the future to show respect for what is given to them.

    Academic Rigor

    The Citadel is focused on their academic ability, there is always a helping hand in the classroom at all times

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and don't be discouraged about the attitudes that they show.

    In three sentences

    The Citadel has a very structured atmosphere. Everyone is welcoming to each and every guest. Each Cadet shows tremendous respect for one another

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    its a military college, its really safe

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    extremely wide range of clubs and activites

    Great for these types of students

    if you can deal with getting yelled at

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    matriculation day, ring day, thanksgiving, christmas, MLK, recognition day

    Bang for the buck

    little bit expensive, but you get an experiance that nobody else has and it makes you more of a weel-rounded man/woman

    What to do for fun

    being sassy to the upperclass man

    Food and Dining

    its worse than prison-grade food, no joke.

    Dorm Life

    we live in barracks

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on major, it could get REALLY difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    It sucks to deal with Knob Year but it is completely worth it in the end. It is the best feeling in the world when you get recognized, and that is not an exaggeration

    In three sentences

    It is a really good school. Teaches you to become a leader either in the military or in the corporate world. And all the teachers are there to help you, not just to teach for like an hour and not take any questions.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is probably one of the safest in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    The sailing club as well as the rifle club are great. The wrestling team is the best and the Regimental Band and Pipes went to Edinburgh Scottland and played at a castle.

    Great for these types of students

    People who desire a disciplined enviroment. Those who want to become part of an honorable tradition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Citadel cadets fired the first shots of the Civil War. Dress parades every Friday. The Pipe and Drum Corp wear kilts

    Bang for the buck

    The best part of the Citadel is the Alumni. Having a degree from the Citadel looks good to employers.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Charleston and see the sights or to the beach. Football games and sports activities.

    Food and Dining

    The mess hall serves ok food. Freshmen can't talk in the mess hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are barracks with a shared shower and bathroom. We have to keep our rooms spotless. There are inspections every Saturday morning.

    Academic Rigor

    The school gives great incentives to do well academically, like no leave if your grades are poor. It is really hard because of all the responsibilities, every single spare minute is used for study. There is always someone to help, so there is no excuse not to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in an overnight stay to get an idea of the school prior to Freshman year. Be physically fit before you start. Charleston is a cool city.

    In three sentences

    It is tough and not for everyone. The very high standards give a great sense of accomplishment. The classroom size is small and the teachers are great.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a military college that will kick you out if you get caught stealing.

    Greek Life

    You live in Companies and battalions.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a group for pretty much every major and there are other for ROTC, faith, volunteer, and club sports groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to work hard to get what you deserve, future leader, challenge seeker.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Knob year, summerall guards, & thanksgiving.

    Bang for the buck

    Voted #1 college in the south.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs and also ROTC takes time if you want to go in the military.

    Food and Dining

    mess hall food is mess hall food.

    Dorm Life

    You will make your best friends here, you will also make some enemies, but they are not important.

    Academic Rigor

    The main academic struggles are time management, the teachers expect you to do your work. Cheating gets you kicked out!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be in shape!!! You should be as well rounded academically, physically, mentally and ethically to make it here. You also must rely on others to make it through the system.

    In three sentences

    It is a tough school, it will mentally and physically challenge you. It is also not for everyone, it makes you figure out who you are and what you can do. It is worth the pain of discipline to avoid the pain of regret.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is locked down every night at lights out. Barracks are locked down every night lights out (later on weekend nights).

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs range from military, cultural (like Spanish and French club), intramural sports, club sports and spiritual/religious organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    A student who wants an unusual college experience and wants to pursue excellence academically and physically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Corps has many traditions which can only be understood through participation.

    Bang for the buck

    Fees at The Citadel include tuition, books, room and board. It's an all inclusive package that rates very competitively with other schools.

    What to do for fun

    When leave is granted, cadets can visit Charleston, the #1 rated city in the US.

    Food and Dining

    The entire Corps of Cadets eats together in the Mess Hall for most meals. Food quality is good and provides adequate nutrition to support physical activity of cadets.

    Dorm Life

    It is mandatory for all cadets to live on campus all four years. Barracks are open only to cadets and can be accessed by the public infrequently (ie Parents Weekend, Homecoming). Rooms are typically occupied by two cadets and include a bunk, desk and a storage locker/closet.

    Academic Rigor

    The Citadel has been consistently named one of the top colleges in the south. Excellent academics are a core in the development of principled leaders.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who seek an education at The Citadel should expect a challenging experience. It is a school for students who want to be pushed to the limit academically and physically.

    In three sentences

    I have found The Citadel to be an excellent institute which combines academics, leadership, physical and moral standards to create an rounded educational experience. All students are encouraged to participate in leadership in school and in the community. The Citadel produces well-rounded individuals who are guided by sound principles.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is a very safe place because there are always cadets on guard throughout the school, and the fact that it is a military college plays a big role in its safety.

    Greek Life

    There are no frats or sororities, instead there are companies which make up the school. Every cadet is put into a company for all of his time at the Citadel and forms a very strong bond with his company, much like a frat.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Citadel is very active with its multiple intramural and extramural sports, which get very competitive between cadets. There are also many clubs to join ranging from sports to politics to religion. Club involvement is big at the Citadel.

    Great for these types of students

    The Citadel is a great place to study if you want a challenge in more ways than one, especially if someone was trying to become a military officer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Citadel has various traditions that set it apart from any other college in the nation.

    Bang for the buck

    The Citadel is very expensive school, but it provides great opportunities in the future. A lot of the teachers really try to help their students.

    What to do for fun

    At the Citadel the cadets go out on leave into the city of Charleston when it is granted. When not on leave there are intramural sports that get very competitive and because a cadet is so close to his classmates they spend a lot of time together.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the citadel is not the greatest, but it does give cadets a chance to get closer to their classmates.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms at the Citadel aren't to luxurious, but its a military college. Because of the way the dorms are organized, cadets at the Citadel form strong bounds with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at the Citadel can become incredible difficult if a student can't properly manage time because of the many rules and responsibilities given to a Citadel cadet.

    Tips for prospective students

    A very disciplined school that will challenge you in every way. Although there is a strong military influence on the students academics comes first. The most important skill you need to attend this school is time management. It is a very different college experience.

    In three sentences

    The Citadel is an excellent school where students learn life lessons as well as academics. The military aspect of the school challenges students and prepares them for the challenges of life. The Citadel does a great job on preparing its students for the real world.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its a military college with guards and stuff...

    Greek Life

    We have companies not greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Multitaskers, gungho, smart people, and people who need discipline

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Knob year.

    Bang for the buck

    Great experiences

    What to do for fun

    I mainly hang with my friends and we do our own thing.

    Food and Dining

    Institution food what can I say.

    Dorm Life

    Crazy shenanigans are always happening. Christmas and Thanksgiving are a blast!!

    Academic Rigor

    I am an Electrical Engineering major, as a tech major you will stay busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study and manage your time!!! The Corps of Cadets seems to put a large stress on military obligations, you cannot let that get in the way of your academics.

    In three sentences

    The Citadel has been ranked #1 School in the South two years in a row. It is a institution of higher learning striving to mold the minds, morals, and bodies of the next generation of leaders. It is easy to get into but hard to stay.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 28

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, talking to people in your company, and creating a unique sense of humor to get through the day.

    Food and Dining

    The food is below average but they do make sure we are properly fed and that we are all on a strict meal schedule.

    Dorm Life

    The battalion I am in is a historic landmark. Must I say more?

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that if you are willing to put in the work then the grades will follow. The academic support here is great and the teachers will most likely work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    To the students that are thinking about coming to this school you need to first take a step back and make sure that this is what you want to do. After you have made sure you are ready then just come with the best attitude you can and make sure you are mentally prepared to get yelled at and put under pressure. Also understand that the most important thing in any university is grades so focus on that before anything else.

    In three sentences

    The Citadel is a great institution that ensures the cadets are instilled with great core values and confidence to take on the work place. This school teaches the students enrolled more than just academics and how to party. It teaches us how to be successful adults and may even give us an advantage over our piers graduating from other universities.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    21 of 28

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Not much to do in the area due to the curfews mentioned earlier. Charleston does have stuff to do but after the first year or so you've done it all.

    Food and Dining

    The food is probably one of the worst things. Often times undercooked or old. Also, there are only about 8 or so meals that they rotate out and after the first year you've eaten the same meal a few hundred times. That gets old very fast.

    Dorm Life

    Inspections and curfews make it feel a bit like living in a prison. However, if military life is what you are looking for then this is a good place for you. Also worthwhile if you need someone keeping you going if you aren't self-motivated.

    Academic Rigor

    You will do a lot of academic work and will learn many things. It is difficult to keep up but worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider if you really want to go into the military. Don't be afraid to leave and go somewhere else if it's not a good fit. Be prepared to work long hours and juggle a lot of things.

    In three sentences

    Excellent Academics at this school. The daily life and college atmosphere can be oppresive to some. Not a school for everybody.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 28

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, especially the barracks. Gate guards 24 hours a day, seven days a week, multiple gates, and multiple locks. Also, any non-cadet sticks out by not wearing a uniform.

    Greek Life

    Hard to explain. There are some societies here, but basically the life in the barracks is life a sorority/fraternity. Knob year is like initiation rights on steroids for a year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of activities on campus, especially sports activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Student athletes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The entire school. Founded in 1842, this school is based off of tradition. There are many very old traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    While the Citadel is expensive, it rewards its students with many tools and opportunities to help them in life.

    What to do for fun

    Mess with knobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work out a lot, get used to being busy, and learn to handle stress very well.

    In three sentences

    The Citadel is a college like no other, offering advanced training and learning experiences that have named it the #1 Public School of the South. While the first year here as a knob is absolutely miserable, the reward upon graduation is very substantial. The Citadel is a school that is a privilege to attend; it instills high ideals such as honor, uprightness, loyalty, patriotism, obedience, initiative, leadership, professional knowledge, and pride in achievement.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The education that you get here will serve you well. Along with graduating from the school you will also run into people who have and this could come in useful later in life with networking.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the sporting events. The school is located within walking distance of Downtown Charleston. There you will find many good dining establishments and activities to take in. Just walking through Market St. and seeing the vendors is worth the trip.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I can not comment on the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The school of engineering is certainly difficult. It will require a lot of time to study. The professors also challenge you to think. This is good as it helps develop critical thinking which will help throughout your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    To attend this school you will have to join the Corp of Cadets, unless you are a veteran of the armed forces. Stick with it. The freshman year is the toughest, but things do improve as the year progress. Remember, nothing lasts forever and things will get better and more fun for you. Take a tour of the campus to get a feel for how things are there. Listen to the stories on the history of the school. Most of all, take with the professors of each course of study there. Find out what might be offered in other disciplines, you might just learn that you would be happier in it.

    In three sentences

    The school offers smaller class sizes allowing the student to get to know and work with their professor. Also, the military heritage allows for a more dedicated study environment due to a lessoning of distractions. Finally there is a pride factor in going to a school with a strong history and following.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Each entrance of the college has a cadet guard as well as the campus police. In the barracks All inns are conducted for accountability but more importantly for safety.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities. Each week a class is designated a time in order to play intermural.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Friday the entire college goes out for a military parade.

    What to do for fun

    The gym and student activities is a lot of fun when you don't have any work to do. There is a park less than 9 min. walking distance. In the park you can run, do circuit exercises or relax. Additionally the city of Charleston is within walking distance and is always alive with other college residents.

    Food and Dining

    Underclassmen eat dinner together in a family style dinner. For breakfast and lunch underclassmen eat professionally.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a military style room. No distractions to keep you from doing useless tasks.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are tough sometimes but every student is capable of reaching the set standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be mentally and physically strong. Be prepared to manage time like never before. Never quit.

    In three sentences

    A great school for those who want a challenge. A school that instills discipline in you. A professional military school like no other.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Citadel has its own public safety sector that patrols the school and the surrounding vicinity. TAC Officers keep watch over the cadets to maintain proper discipline and behavior.

    Greek Life

    The Citadel is unique in that it mainly has companies just as the military does, although it does have academic fraternities: one for business majors and one for engineering majors.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Citadel has intramural sports where cadets compete against each other. The largest club it features is The Citadel Republican Society. Many majors, especially business, have individual clubs such as the Supply Chain Management Club. The school also has its own Rotaract Club, which I myself am joining because I enjoy community service with my peers.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to go into the military, or virtually any other career path. Students that want a challenge. Knob year is supposed to be the toughest year of your life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school itself was involved in a number of battles during the Civil War and the Mexican-American war. Every Friday the school holds a Parade which features a Pass and Review for tourists to visit and observe a little bit of what life is like for cadets and the military discipline they are trained with.

    Bang for the buck

    Upon graduation from The Citadel, you become part of a network of alumni that support each other and are able to help you with anything such as helping you start your career.

    What to do for fun

    Charleston is a wonderful place to leave campus for an afternoon run, as well as on the weekends there are many things to do such as visit the Old Citadel on Marion Square. Every week different cadet companies compete in intramural sports. Daes Hall has a gym and various places for physical activity such as racquetball courts and basketball courts.

    Food and Dining

    The meals aren't the best when it comes to quality, but you will get the nutrition necessary when you need to fuel your body for the rigorous physical activity you go through as a cadet.

    Dorm Life

    You live in barracks just as you would in the real military. You share a room with a fellow cadet of the same academic year and they are constantly being maintained by maintenance workers to make sure conditions exceed acceptability. The rooms also stay clean with Morning Room Inspections or Saturday Morning Inspections conducted by TAC Officers that are retired military officers. These inspections make sure the rooms are being taken care of by the cadets that live in them.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has a wide array of majors to choose from, each presenting its own challenges and benefits along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to come to this institution, you will learn as you progress through your career as a Citadel cadet why it is the most important decision that you ever made; you just have to find the strength within yourself to stay strong and be resilient going through your freshman year as a knob.

    In three sentences

    A school that upholds tradition in ways such as all cadets must uphold the Honor Code, A cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. All cadets are trained during their freshman year as knobs who learn to live by the core values of honor, duty, and respect. No one person knows why they choose to come to live the life they go through when going through knob year, and maintaining that discipline until they graduate, but they all learn it as they go: the fact that this institution molds you into a principled leader that this world needs more and more.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being in Charleston SC and only a mile away from downtown there is always plenty to do on the weekends and during the week when you are finished with all your duties

    Food and Dining

    You get three meals a day although it may not always be the best quality food but considering that it has to be made for a lot of people and that it is free. I would say it is alright considering the circumstances,

    Dorm Life

    Living in the barracks can get kind of boring but there is always something going on. with the amount of people inside of each company you can find always find something to do in your down time

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics here are not too difficult, but at anytime you feel pressured there are many resources to help. there are many teachers willing to help and work with student schedules, in addition to the Academic Support Center which is readily available to help with all questions and subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    To do well at this institution you have to be motivated and be ready to work. Keep a clear objective of what you want and staying active in school events and activities. Managing you time is key as it takes more to be a Cadet then to be a student

    In three sentences

    It is a challenging school were self discipline and time management are key. The campus is great with a multitude of activities if you keep an open mind. People are every where and making new friends and meting new people is beyond simple.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The Citadel does a good job of lining up jobs for students who graduate from here.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Citadel is the equivalent to food in the military. Don't expect a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    The barracks create bonds between everyone around you that will last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    We are required to go to every class. The teaches actually care about your success. They take their time to help you out and go over old material.

    In three sentences

    The leadership qualities and discipline that I learned at this college will go beyond college. I have learned hard work and determination. This school strives itself on academics and making sure each student attends classes.

  • 07/01/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I just applied a few weeks ago, and I can't wait to find out if I've been accepted. I have visited the Citadel several times, and each time I have fallen more in love with it. From the stories I heard, I could tell that although it presents many challenges, the Citadel provides a great education and forges bonds that last a lifetime.