Preparing to welcome the Class of 2027

Knob matriculation for class of 2027

Matriculation information for the freshmen class

Members of The Citadel Class of 2027 will arrive on campus Saturday, August 12.

From 7 – 10 a.m., the cadet-recruits will begin their Citadel journey at the Holliday Alumni Center (located here on the college’s virtual map) where they will pick up their company assignment packets before going to their barracks.

Vehicles will line up for check in at the Johnson Hagood Stadium parking lots near the HAC. For those unfamiliar with the area, the best address to put into a GPS is 266 Fishburne St. Traffic will be heavy and parking will be limited, so families are asked to restrict themselves to one car per incoming cadet; additional vehicles may go directly to the main campus for parking.

Hagood Gate will be closed to the public — only Citadel faculty, staff and residents will be allowed to use that entrance on Matriculation Day. After Matriculation Day, it will be open to the public.

At the barracks, The Citadel Family Association will have parents of upper-class cadets helping move the freshmen into their rooms. Parents are also welcome to accompany their cadet-recruits to their rooms on the upper floors of each of the five barracks. All parents and visitors must be out of the barracks by 10 a.m.

Before arriving on Saturday

Click here for list of items, provided by the Office of the Commandant, that incoming cadet-recruits should bring with them.
  • Twelve [12] white, cotton, crew-neck tee shirts
  • Twelve [12] pairs of white cotton underwear
  • One [1] pair of “long johns”
  • Six (6) pairs of black crew length socks – cotton socks are recommended
  • Six (6) pairs of plain white athletic ankle socks – (socks must be void of visible logos or color, and must cover the protruding anklebone)
  • Four (4) pairs of Boot Socks – Dri-Comfort Combat Over the Calf Padded Leg Boot Socks – Coyote Brown
  • One [1] bathing suit, solid black or navy blue (female: conservative one piece)
  • One [1] pair of shower shoes (black)
  • Six [6] white, cotton towels
  • Six [6] washcloths
  • Six [6] white handkerchiefs
  • One [1] iron with ironing board (full or travel size)
  • One [1] pair of good running shoes in a subdued color such as white, navy or black (may have contrasting trim)
  • Three [3] pairs of black compression shorts (cotton spandex) for wear with physical training uniform (optional)
  • One [1] overnight bag for additional items that will be kept on top of the full press (may not exceed 24″L x 12″H x 18″W)
  • One [1] pair of conservative style pajamas (optional)
  • Two [2] mouthpieces
  • Bedding: All cadets are required to furnish their own bed linens except for the bedspread and blanket, which will be issued.
  • Four [4] white, non-fitted sheets for a regular size single (twin) bed mattress. You may use regular or extra-long sheets. Additionally, we do not recommend purchasing very expensive sheets
  • One [1] standard sized pillow
  • Four [4] white pillow cases
  • Toiletries
  • School supplies
  • Additional items for female cadets:
    • Five [5] white, beige, or skin-colored regular bras
    • Five [5] white or beige sports bras
  • Labeling clothes:
    • As a time saving measure, though not mandatory, it would be helpful to write your last name and first two initials in your clothing using a permanent marker. The location of the name should be inconspicuous when the garment is worn
    • Household linens such as towels, sheets, and pillowcases should not be labeled. The Cadet Laundry will affix a permanent label to these items

For more information on what items are required or optional, click here and select “Annex A.” More information to prepare for Matriculation Day may also be found at this link.

Watch the Oath Ceremony livestream

The Oath Ceremony for The Citadel Class of 2027 will be livestreamed on the college’s YouTube beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 14. The class will stand on Summerall Field and take an oath pledging to abide by the college’s core values of honor, duty and respect as future members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Information for media

Members of the media are welcome to cover matriculation between the hours of 7 – 10 a.m., with an assigned escort. To coordinate a campus escort in advance, please contact the Director of Communications at or at (843) 953-3722 / (843) 814-9410.