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Prospective Students

Welcome to The Citadel Honors Program webpage. We are glad that you are considering joining us and we encourage you to learn more about our program by visiting the various links. Contact us if you have any questions or would simply like to discuss how our program can benefit your Citadel experience. 


Application Process

Class of 2025 (FALL 2021 Freshmen)

Applications to the Honors Program are by invitation. Working with the Citadel Admissions office, we identify high-performing students based on the information submitted as part of the Citadel application process. Invitations to apply are issued in November and then again by mid-February.

We encourage early applications to The Citadel so that we can identify potential Honors Program candidates! To be considered for the top merit scholarship opportunities and Honors Program placement, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than early January. In the event that spaces are still available after that date, a limited number of invitations will be issued.

Due to the cancellation of some standardized tests, The Citadel, and therefore the Honors Program, have adopted a test-optional admission policy for the class of 2025.

All applicants are encouraged to attend a virtual info session coordinated by the Office of Admissions.

Class of 2024 (FALL 2020 Freshmen): During your knob year, you may still apply to join the Honors Program based on your academic performance at The Citadel. Interested cadets should contact the director, providing a statement of interest. Also, you should make an appointment to see the director to discuss the possibility of your joining the Honors Program starting in the second semester of freshman year or first semester of sophomore year.


Honors Program Admission Guidelines

Admission at The Citadel Honors Program is an individualized and holistic admission process that examines the entirety of an applicant's academic prowess, creativity, motivation, unique talents, leadership potential, and life experiences. In making a decision to admit a student to The Citadel Honors Program, we are careful not to ascribe too much value to any single metric, such as class rank, GPA, or test scores. We use a broader perspective that includes such qualitative factors as the overall strength of a student's academic program and the ways in which a student has engaged in the community.

Honors Program candidates demonstrate academic excellence during their high school careers. We provide these admission statistics to give prospective students a general picture of the freshman applicant and admitted student pool. We encourage students to keep in mind that these statistics only reflect certain parts of our holistic review process. While we do not have hard and fast standards for admissions, we understand that many prospective students are interested in our "admissions criteria" to determine if The Citadel Honors Program would be a feasible avenue.

Our previously-accepted applicants, on average,

  • rank in the top 10% of their high school class
  • average GPA > 4.4 (weighted)
  • scored >1400 (SAT)  OR   > 30 (ACT).
 
If you feel that you would be a strong candidate for the Honors Program but you have not been contacted to apply, please email the Honors Program Director.

Curriculum

The Citadel Honors Program curriculum is designed to provide an exceptionally broad background of cultural knowledge and learning skills which students can then apply to their chosen areas of academic specialization.


The Citadel Honors Program Handbook

Basic, yet important, information about the operation and organization of The Citadel Honors Program can be found in our handbook.


Frequently Asked Questions

We know that making college decisions can be a daunting task. We have provided answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about The Honors Program on the FAQ. If you need additional information or assistance with the application process or just want to know more about The Citadel or The Citadel Honors Program, we encourage you to contact us.


Contact Information

Deirdre D. Ragan, Director (dragan@citadel.edu)
The Citadel Honors Program
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409-6370
Phone (843) 953-3708

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