The #1 Public University in the South

For the 13th straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Citadel as the best Public University in the South. The rankings, which were released Sept. 18, cover academic institutions offering primarily undergraduate and master’s programs.

“We are deeply honored to be consistently recognized as the Top Public University in the South by U.S. News & World Report,” said Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, provost and dean of the college. “We are committed to providing quality instruction from professors, utilizing innovative and high-impact practices across campus, and providing an outstanding return on investment for our cadets and students—that’s why I am especially proud of our rankings for Undergraduate Teaching, Innovative Schools and Best Value. These are all examples of how The Citadel achieves its mission to educate and develop principled leaders for all walks of life.”

Other notable rankings received by The Citadel include:

#1 Best Colleges for Veterans
Regional Universities (South)

#4 Undergraduate Teaching
Regional Universities (South)

#10 Most Innovative Schools
Regional Universities (South)

#15 Best Value
Regional Universities (South)

#23 Best Undergraduate Engineering Nationwide (non-doctoral)

Additionally, this year’s ranking marks the sixth consecutive year that The Citadel was named Best College for Veterans in the South. Veterans are welcome to earn a degree through all programs offered by The Citadel, including the day undergraduate program alongside the Corps of Cadets, the civilian evening undergraduate program and the master’s program. Veterans are the only student population approved to take classes with cadets, though they are not required to wear uniforms and do not live in the barracks.

Some of The Citadel’s most popular programs, including business, engineering and computer science, also earned high rankings on a national level. For years, The Citadel’s undergraduate engineering program has been consistently ranked as one of the top 25 in the country among institutions offering up to a master’s degree. Meanwhile, the college’s national rankings for both business (#159 in the nation) and computer science (#167 in the nation) have improved from last year.