The Citadel

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Charleston, SC

This school is more affordable than other public schools.

Affordability is calculated by subtracting average financial aid from total tuition and fees.

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$75

Avg tuition

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About The Citadel

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

The Citadel is a small public school located on an urban campus in Charleston, South Carolina. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,858, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 80%. The school offers 35 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 71%, and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Tuition and fees for students are $75.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

80% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

87% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

71% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school transcript Required

High school rank Recommended

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Required

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Implied no

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 21-26

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1030-1210

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of fewer than 5,000 students.

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4k

Students enrolled

55%

Online student enrollment

12:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

76%

Black

8%

Hispanic

7%

Two or more races

5%

Unknown

2%

Asian

2%

Non-U.S. Citizen

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

23%

Socio-economic diversity

19% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $75 $75
Graduate $10,740 $18,390

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $8,144
On-campus room and board $7,332
On-campus other expenses $2,304
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $19,408
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $8,275
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $8,275

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $17,855 $17,855
Off-campus without family $35,902 $35,902
Off-campus with family $16,494 $16,494

Financial Breakdown

On average, students at this school receive more financial aid than students at other schools.

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Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

19%

State Grant Aid

49%

Institution Grant Aid

49%

Pell Grant

19%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,948
State Grant Aid $4,762
Institution Grant Aid $12,834
Pell Grant Aid $4,823

Financial Outlook

$23k

Average student debt after graduation

$45k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.