US News & World Report ranks The Citadel No. 1 for the FOURTH Straight Year

September 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, SC – When it comes to a getting a great education and the best value from a college with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, The Citadel once again ranks in the top slot in the South for its category, according to U.S. News & World Report. The global news publisher released its 2015 Best Colleges rankings report today.

Highlights of The Citadel’s 2015 U.S. News and World Report rankings include:

No. 1 Public College in the South (offering up to a master’s degree)

    • Citadel’s overall score of 88 is the highest nationally for all public colleges in The Citadel’s category.
    • Citadel’s average alumni giving rate of 27 is the highest nationally for all college, both public and private, in The Citadel’s category. 

No. 3 “Best Value” Among Public Colleges in the South in The Citadel’s category.

No. 23 Undergraduate Engineering Program at schools without a doctoral program in The Citadel’s category.

“This recognition affirms the commitment made by our dedicated faculty, staff, alumni, and donors who believe in our mission to educate and develop principled leaders for all walks of life,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel.  “I am pleased that our values-based education is resonating with so many families across the nation.”

The Citadel was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 Best Public University in the South offering up to a Master’s Degree in its 2012, 2013 and 2014 guides, which also included other rankings for the college similar to the ones announced today. Some of the factors considered by U.S. News & World Report for the 2015 rankings included (with The Citadel’s percentage in parentheses):

    • Average retention rate (83)
    • Percentage of classes numbering less than 20 students (37)
    • Student/faculty ratio (14:1)
    • Average alumni giving rate (27 percent)

“We take great pride in the academic achievements of our students and the accomplishments of our graduates,” said Citadel Provost and Brigadier General Samuel Hines, Jr., Ph.D. “As alumni they have given us the highest level of support among public master’s level colleges and universities. We are extremely pleased that US News & World Report recognizes the quality of our educational experience provided by our distinguished faculty and dedicated staff and has ranked us so favorably in their survey.”

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About The Citadel

The Citadel is a four-year, public college in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 35 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their community as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 40 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus five undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online.