Additional measures will be adapted or added as needed throughout the return of individuals to campus to ensure safety.

COVID-19 Policies and protocols

Do students need to be vaccinated?

Vaccinations are encouraged for cadets, students, faculty and staff. The more that get vaccinated, the more we will be able to provide The Citadel’s unique experience.

How do cadets report their vaccination status?

All members of the campus community are asked to report their vaccination status at this link.

Are students required to wear masks?

Based on current conditions, The Citadel will require face coverings to be worn while inside select campus buildings.

This protocol is temporary; based on the infection rates, The Citadel will keep all current protocols in place until the next reassessment.

What happens if a student is deemed a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
Will The Citadel return to normal operations?

Yes, The Citadel is planning to for a conditions-based return to normal operations. The goal is for all cadets to have a robust cadet and academic experience.


When is Matriculation?

Matriculation is on 14 August, and is expected to operate normally. The barracks will open at 0700, and will be managed by the Corps of Cadets. More information will be sent directly to incoming cadets.

How does an incoming cadet know what battalion and company they are assigned to?

Freshmen will receive their battalion and company information on Matriculation Day.

Will there be an Information Fair for parents?

The Information Fair has been replaced with a Parent Welcome event that includes a continental breakfast, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-a in McAlister Fieldhouse. At 1045, General Walters, USMC (Ret.), Colonel Gordon (USMC), and Dr. Selden will address the parents.

Where can I find more information about Matriculation?

Visit the Matriculation headquarters website for more information.

What happens if my cadet is symptomatic after they arrive on campus?

When reporting at the sallyport entrance of each barrack, freshmen will be asked the following by admissions staff if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. If they do, they will be guided to the infirmary for testing. If not, they proceed with check-in.


When do classes start?

Classes for the Corps of Cadets and Graduate College begin on August 25th.

Graduate students taking classes as part of the College of Charleston joint program begin on August 24th.

Graduate students taking 8-week classes begin on August 23rd.

What academic support is available to cadets?

Each company has an academic officer who is there to assist any cadet in need of extra support.

Additionally, students can go to the Student Success Center to take advantage of a variety of support options.

COVID-19 Testing

What if a non-cadet student receives a positive test result?

To report a positive test result, call the CGC Office (843) 953-5089 and begin classes remotely. According to the updated CDC guidelines:

If you are not experiencing any symptoms and continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. 

People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others.

Who will determine the protocol for cadets and students with special circumstances?

The Campus Assessment Team is the campus committee that will determine, or recommend to the President, the outcomes of a special request.

I would like to speak with someone confidentially, who can I contact?

Call your admissions officer, your company TAC, the CGC office, arrange for an appointment with The Citadel Counseling Center or an ombudsperson.

The Citadel’s Ombudspersons, Robert Pickering and Shamus Gillen, are available to speak with any cadet or student who needs a confidential and safe environment in which to share concerns related to COVID-19. To schedule an appointment, email Or call them directly at the phone numbers listed on this page.

How will cadet mental health be taken into account? What services will be provided to those isolated?

All mental health services will continue to be available to all students and The Citadel has hired extra nurses to take care of students and properly observe them.

Has The Citadel stopped testing cadets who have previously tested positive and were non-contagious?

No. The CDC states that someone with a previous positive test does not need a repeat test for at least three months and that people can continue to test positive for up to three months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. Cadets presenting with symptoms of an illness within three months post-test are evaluated and treated for the most-likely illness. Several illnesses mirror COVID-19 symptoms (influenza, streptococcal pharyngitis, several viral illnesses, respiratory allergies, post-COVID loss of taste/smell, etc.). After three months, we perform COVID-19 tests as well as strep tests, flu tests, etc. and treat cadets appropriately.    

Will there be testing available on-campus?

Yes. COVID-19 testing will be available on campus.


What is the mask policy on campus?

Based on current conditions, The Citadel will require face coverings to be worn while inside select campus buildings.

This protocol is temporary; based on the infection rates, The Citadel will keep all current protocols in place until the next reassessment.

What cleaning and safety measures are being taken to ensure cadet/student safety?
  • All flat surfaces are to be disinfected by Citadel Custodial Staff
  • Disinfection solution in spray bottles with disposable towels are made available to wipe down surfaces at the end of class or as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer is made available as needed.
  • The Citadel continues to develop safety protocols for specific locations and activities on campus.

For more information, please review all details here.

How often should I clean my mask?

Masks should be washed after each use. For full guidelines on how to properly wash your mask, please click here.

Campus Events

Will there be parades?
When is Parents’ Weekend?

Parents’ Weekend will be October 1-3rd. More details will be released closer to the event.

How will parking be assigned?

Juniors and seniors will be assigned prior to their arrival. Parking for sophomores has not been determined yet.

Will pre-knob visits for the Class of 2026 occur this year?

Yes. The Citadel is planning to return to normal operations.

Faculty and Staff

Can faculty and staff request travel?

The College is allowing only essential Citadel-related travel for faculty and staff. Requests for essential travel must be reviewed and approved by both the Dean/Director and Provost/VP

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