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Are CSI students allowed to take leave for the entire weekend, so long as they return by 6:00 pm Sunday, or are they required to report back to the barracks every night?
Weekend leave privileges are explained on page five of the CSI handbook here:
Can you minor in Spanish when majoring in Civil Engineering?
Yes. Keep in mind, though, that the course load in C.E. can be hefty, so making the decision to do a double-major may necessitate summer school. Plus, it is probably a decision that should be dependent upon how well one does in the required math coursework.
My child wears glasses, I know there is a lot of movement and physical activity. Is there a certain type of glasses strap that we should get prior to matriculation?
No, you don't need to purchase anything prior to matriculation. Knobs are required to wear safety straps during physical training, though, and they can be purchased at The Cadet Store.
I'm wanting to be a Civil Engineer major, but I don't feel comfortable starting in Calculus. I would rather take a semester in Pre-calculus. Would this hinder me in any way?
From the Mathematics Placement Exam site: You must take a calculus sequence starting with MATH 131 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I).
Pre-Calculus is probably something you'd want to consider taking in summer school prior to enrolling at The Citadel.
On Lesesne Gateway it says that we will have a Citadel gmail account sometime in June. I was wondering when will we receive those. Thanks!
All incoming students will receive notification of their Citadel e-mail accounts within the next few days. These notifications will be sent electronically, so (1) watch your e-mail and (2) make sure that messages from ‎ are delivered to your e-mail inbox (and not your spam folder).
When will the incoming knobs find out what battalion and company they are in?
Knobs will receive their company assignments on the day they report.
where do incoming knobs select their foreign language if it's a part of their major's curriculum ?
The foreign language selection is made by completing the registration form (which was due back on 10 June) and is available on the Matriculation Headquarters website.
For CSI students are supposed to stencil their names on their white shirts at a minimum size of two inches, if a name does not fit at this size on a single line on the back of a shirt is it okay to hyphenate it and stencil it as two lines?
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should CSI students complete the summer reading and assignments before arriving to CSI?
No. The assessment requirements have due dates, which apply to all incoming cadets. These dates are not related to CSI.
When will we be informed of our final acceptance?
Final acceptances are being mailed out daily.
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Should I bring a bathrobe to CSI?
The list of what to bring (and not to bring) to CSI is found on pages 17-18 of the CSI Handbook here: Specific questions can be addressed to the CSI office at
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Are cargo shorts allowed as part of dress code for CSI?
The CSI dress code is on pages 15-16 of the CSI Handbook, which can be found on the main CSI page.
Would having an etranscript sent to The Citadel be possible?
The Citadel accepts official transcripts from various electronic transcript delivery services, such as Parchment and eSCRIP-SAFE.
Can you join the Chorale (Choir) as a Knob? If so, how do you sign up?
Each of the college’s five choral groups is open to freshmen, with some requiring an audition. Cadets will receive information on how to join these groups and other campus organizations after they report in August.
On the recommend Citadel computer listing page it was written that one of the recommended laptops is the alienware 14 but in the link provided to the dell page an alienware 13 is listed, are they both good for incoming students?
Good question, and easy answer: The Alienware 13 is acceptable. The FAQ page on The Citadel's site (which says Alienware 14) contains a typo which should be corrected directly. It should be Alienware 13, not Alienware 14.
Is there a limit to the size laptop incoming knobs can bring ? and are cadets allowed to charge laptops in class?
Computer recommendations and minimum requirements are at the link below. Regarding charging, a cadet's best bet is to ensure his/her computer is charged before class.
Are Knobs allowed to play computer games or watch netflix on weekends?
Sure, as long as it doesn't interfere with military or academic duties.
What score do I have to achieve on the MPE to be able to pass the Pre-Calculus course?
For specific questions on the Mathematics Placement Exam, you should contact the Math & Computer Science Department. Contact information can be found here:
If I have to recover or retake a class over the summer that is required for graduation (although my cumulative GPA will stay the same or go up) is my acceptance rescinded?
The Office of Admissions carefully reviews spring semester (final) transcripts as they arrive. In particular, grades, coursework, and date-of-graduation are scrutinized. If you did not pass an academic course, your admission could possibly be impacted. Your next step should be to inform the Office of Admissions of your current situation as soon as possible.
Are any of the Freshman Assessments and Placements assignments covered during CSI or will these need to be taken care of before or after?
Assessments open on 1 June and must be completed prior to Matriculation--most by 1 August.
Are smart watches such as the Apple Watch allowed at CSI aswell as in the fall semester.
The Blue Book authorizes the wearing of a watch but does not specifically address the Apple Watch. If you do wear a watch, it should be very conservative in appearance. Incoming knobs are normally advised to avoid bringing attention to themselves. The Apple Watch is very new, so people are still fascinated by it. As a result, it may draw a minor amount of attention, and anyone who has been a knob would probably recommend avoiding this. Therefore, you can probably bring your Apple Watch; however, you may not want to wear it until you get a better feel for the atmosphere within the barracks and the environment in the classroom.
I have taken college algebra and trigonometry, do I have to take the MPE or am I except from taking it?
The mathematics placement exam is required for incoming students who are majoring in: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry (B.S.), Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or who either are pursuing a minor or are in a scholarship program that requires MATH 131 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I). Additional information on this (and other) requirements will be provided to incoming students soon.
Is it too late to apply for readmission if I left on my own behalf last year?
If you withdrew after the drop/add period (usually early-September), you would need to contact the Office of the Registrar ( If you withdrew before that period, you would need to begin by re-applying with the Office of Admissions. At this point, admissions decisions are being rendered based on strength of academic credentials and space-availability.
Are first year students able to choose their roommates or are they assigned?
Knob roommates are assigned. After the first year, cadets can choose their own roommates.
Can you please provide a complete list of all manuals/guides for new cadets? The Honor Manual for the Corp of Cadets, The Guidon, The Blue Book Regulations for the Corp of Cadets, The White Book? Are they changed and re-issued annually, or can we use the 2014-2015 versions?
The Guidon will be published later in the summer. Links for the cadet regulations and The Honor Manual are below:
If changes are incorporated into any of these documents, the updated versions will be posted online.