The Citadel ranked #1 Top Public College in the South for 11th year by U.S. News & World Report

Citadel knobs walking to participate in Oath ceremony 2021

Other prominent 2022 rankings earned for innovation, best for veterans, best value and engineering

The Citadel is the U.S. News and World Report #1 Top Public College in the South for the 11th successive year. The ranking, for institutions offering up to a master’s degree, is part of the digital media company’s new, 2022 college rankings released Sept. 13, 2021.

“This is not an easy feat, but The Citadel is resolute about providing a transformational experience for cadets that cultivates long-term dividends,“ said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), Class of 1979. “Earning the ranking of #1 Top Public College in the South from U.S. News & World Report one time, let alone 11 times, is only possible because of the passion and commitment of everyone on campus and our steadfast alumni.”

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets military review parade on Sept. 3, 2021 on Summerall Field on campus in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Citadel’s most prominent rankings on the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges lists include:

· #1 Top Public College, Regional Universities (South); #2 overall including private

· #1 Best College for Veterans, Regional Universities (South)

· #6 Best Undergraduate Teaching, Regional Universities (South)

· #10 Most Innovative Schools, Regional Universities (South)

· #16 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, nationwide (non-doctoral)

· #21 Best Value, Regional Universities (South)

“The Citadel is simply the best choice for people willing to take on exceptional challenges in college that will lead to exceptional results in life,” said the Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas. “Being ranked the top public college in the South year after year by U.S. News & World Report helps validate the value of a Citadel experience for those who may not yet know about the benefits within the Corps.”

Cadet Kathryn Christmas (front center) during an Awards Review parade on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina

Christmas, who is from Easley, South Carolina, explained that The Citadel education begins with Four Pillars – character, academics, military and fitness. “Developing the whole person makes our graduates strong and ready to lead no matter where they go.”

U.S. News & World Report was one of the first American publishers to produce a college rankings list based on a complex formula of publicly reported data that is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education annually by all institutions of higher education.

To learn more about the methodology used for these rankings, go here on the U.S. News & World

  • Citadel cadets marching in military dress parade on campus in Sept. 2021