Introducing one of Capture Higher Ed’s newest partners, The Citadel.
Located in Charleston, The Citadel is the “military college of South Carolina” with an undergraduate student body of about 2,300 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Another 1,000 students attend The Citadel Graduate College, a civilian evening and online program that offers graduate and professional degrees as well as undergraduate programs.
The Citadel is best known nationally for its Corps of Cadets, which draws students from about 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study on a picturesque, 24-building campus under a classical military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience. Offering 19 degree programs, the institution has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top public college in the South for institutions granting up to a master’s degree for the past eight years.
Founded in 1842, The Citadel’s origins actually trace back 20 years earlier when the South Carolina Legislature passed “An Act to Establish a Competent Force to act as a Municipal Guard for the Protection of the City of Charleston and Vicinity.” Land on the city’s Marion Square was selected for an arsenal and guard house. In 1829, the architect, Frederick Wesner, completed the building known as The Citadel. A similar facility was constructed in Columbia, which was known as The Arsenal.
In December 1842, The Citadel and The Arsenal were converted into educational institutions when the state Legislature established the South Carolina Military Academy. Soon students replaced the state troops, spending their freshman year at The Arsenal and then transferring to The Citadel for the remaining three years.
At the outset of the Civil War, the academy’s cadets participated in the Confederacy’s first overt act of war when they fired on the U.S. Steamer, the Star of the West, which was attempting to supply Fort Sumter with troops and supplies. During the duration of the war, The Citadel and The Arsenal continued to operate as military academies, however classes were often disrupted when cadets were called into military service. In early 1865, The Citadel ceased operation when Union troops entered Charleston and occupied the site. The Arsenal was burned by Gen. Sherman’s troops and never reopened.
The Citadel wasn’t reopened until 1882.
In 1910, the name of the college was officially changed from the Military College of South Carolina to The Citadel. Shortly after, having outgrown its downtown campus, the college moved to its current 176-acre location on the banks of the Ashley River in 1922.
Today, The Citadel’s mission is to educate and develop its cadets and students to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling the college’s core values in a disciplined and intellectually challenging environment. Those core values are honor, duty and respect.
We are proud to welcome The Citadel to the Capture family of partners.