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Citadel Tops in the South Again

Public military college ranks highly for value, alumni giving and engineering degree program.

South Carolina's public military college has again found itself ranked first among top public universities in the South.

U.S. News & World Report ranked The Citadel No. 1 among the top public universities in the South in a list released today. It's the second year the school has received the top honor.

The university also ranks No. 8 in the South for value, and its engineering program ranks 17th, up from No. 20 last year. The news was met with praise at The Citadel.

"U.S. News & World Report confirms what we have known all along — The Citadel is a preeminent institution with excellent academics and a tradition of developing principled leaders,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.

“We are proud to be No. 1 again, and we are particularly proud of our alumni for their commitment to what we do," Gen. Rosa said.

When stacked up against both private and public schools in the South, The Citadel ranks No. 5. Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., tops the public-private list. Elon, Stetson, Samford and The Citadel round out the Top 5. No. 6 is James Madison University.

Harvard, Princeton and Yale hold the top 3 positions in the overall national rankings. In the regional universities rankings for public and private colleges, The Citadel has the highest rate of alumni giving at 30 percent.

The 2013 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Sept. 18. Read the full rankings.

Cookies Mom September 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
When I was college, I had the pleasure of dating 4 Citadel cadets-2 attended this college because they were coerced to do so by their families who made it abundantly clear that they would only assist them with the costs of higher education if they attended the Citadel, 1 attended because he received an academic scholarship to do so, and the 4th attended because he wanted a leg up on future military service and was from a Northern state whose similar institutions came with sharply higher financial costs. To a man, however, all 4 of them reported to me that they were extremely disappointed with incidents of sadism and cruelty visited upon them and other knobs with the full knowledge of upperclass students and the school's administration. When you add those practices to the most recent news of concerted inaction regarding child abuse/molestation being visited on young people in their charge, it is completely appalling to me that some poll rates this institution as high quality.
michael large September 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Not appalling, it appears, is that El Cid seems to be a good resource for single women in need of a date.

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