Admissions is putting students on wait list

High school seniors wanting to become Citadel cadets have had to act more quickly this year to get a place in the Class of 2007.

The Admissions Office is still receiving and reviewing applications but Admissions Director John Powell said the college has started sending out wait list letters to more than 200 qualified applicants. While the admissions office reserves some spaces for later accepts, it had decided to let those who are qualified for admission know that space is limited and they should look at other college options as a backup.

As of March 14, The Citadel is just 73 applications short of the all-time record set last year with 2057 completed applications. The entering class will be around 650 according to Powell.

Admissions statistics for March 10
Fall 2003 Fall 2002 Fall 2001
1984 1925 1713
1227 1197 1339
Total deposits 661 572 570
Avg. SAT
1134 1126 1106
Avg. SAT
1125 1107 1101

In addition to the healthy number of applications, Powell said that deposits have come in earlier this year than in the past. Powell cites several factors for the good numbers. "The population of college-age students has increased and most seniors know that we went to a wait list last year. Also our selectivity is up and we are working harder to get the word out that prospects need to commit early," he said.

The admissions office will host two more pre-knob overnight visits. The campus visit is vital because it gives accepted applicants a first-hand view of what life at The Citadel would be like.

Right now the admissions office is accepting 62 percent of the applicants-- the same percentage as last year -- but down significantly from the 78 percent acceptance rate two years ago.

Getting a class of 650 is part statistics and part luck. Admissions officers study trends closely to estimate how many students will actually enroll and how many cadets will return after taking a semester off. As recent experience has shown, a shift from projections for either group can bring real headaches at the opening of school if more students than normal accept an admissions offer or seek readmission after an absence.