Visiting the Citadel

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  1. usarmystrong97

    usarmystrong97 Member

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    So I have scheduled a campus visit tomorrow to the citadel. It says there will be an informal interview and I am wondering what that will be like. Should I dress up at all or what?

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    Will it be figured in on my application?

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    The interview will probably be just you and an admissions counselor. DS took a copy of his resume with him to all of his interviews -- it helped him remember to mention things he'd done because he was generally a bit uncomfortable talking about himself. I suggest business casual for college interviews: khaki pants and a button down shirt with nice shoes. What the admissions counselors are usually looking for in interviews is how you carry yourself in person. Some kids look amazing on paper, and you're looking at the paper thinking, yeah, this kid could someday be a great military leader, but when you see him in person and talk to him, there's no confidence or power. Sit up straight. Talk with confidence, enunciation and intelligence. Have a strong handshake. Be organized with any paperwork. Good luck!
     
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    I thought the interview with DS was very laid back. Our counselor was great. He did most of the talking. We went on a short campus tour afterwards which was informative. Agree to dress up. We wore suit jacket, button down, tie and dress slacks. Good luck.
     
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    I am a volunteer for The Citadel Admissions - in the mid-atlantic, so some advice -

    Dress appropriate as someone suggested - business casual but comfortable for you. Most important - ask every question you can think imaginable about the college, the first year, the Forth Class System, and about the academic major you intend to pursue. This is your chance to get one on one with a college staffer who knows the college from the inside - don't fret the interview in terms of what they may ask you. This is YOUR first big decision in life - try not to blow it worrying - ask questions.

    One caveat - if the visit and interview is in regards your competition for an academic scholarship or grant, definitely a short resume or list of accomplishments that show your academics and that you are involved outside the classroom - and are not self absorbed with your self is a good idea. If the school invests its limited scholarship money in you - it wants to know you are the kind of person that will make a difference when you graduate.
    Good luck!
     
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    This is excellent advice that is applicable for virtually any interview at every school:thumb::thumb:
     
  7. usarmystrong97

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    Thanks for the advice everyone! The citadel is so nice and I'm glad I visited. The interview was very laid back with the admissions officer. I didn't realize how small it was; I drove right by it (a few times actually). I am interested in engineering and it seems like they have a very good program there. The location is perfect with Charleston right around (and no snow!). Thank you everyone!

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    Hey dude, i live 10 mins away for the Citadel, so if you have any questions about Charleston feel free to PM me
     
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    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    You'd never realize that we've had 4 snow days this semester :biggrin:
     
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    Ya I'm from Vermont so that seemed like summer down there. Also snow days for you guys are just another day up here for me. Haha

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    Visting the Citadel - Engineering Majors

    Carmstrong - I grew up in New Jersey - and Charleston was a facinating place, beaches, islands, history everwhere - and great places to hang out on weekend leave.

    What engineering discipline are you interested in pursuing? My Classmate Colonel John Peeples is head of the Electrical & Computer Engineering program and a great guy - you should feel comfortable calling him (his number is on the Engineering web page of the college), and just talking - he likes to do this. The Citadel offers, Civil, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Ranked #22 in the Nation for undergraduate engineering progams - if you want to be an engineer, there is no better place to go for small classes, all taught by full professors with their terminal degrees (not Teaching Assistants who are grad students).

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    I am very interested in mechanical engineering. I'm taking ap calculus my senior year and am trying to push myself. When I talked with her it was very encouraging the small class size and that the teachers are either on campus or very easy to get a hold of.

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  13. glen

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    The Mechanical Engineering program is a great new addition to the School of Engineering and Cadets entering this program will be sure to have special attention to help them succeed - great choice. The Mechanical Engineering Program of Study will have focused tracks in Power and Energy, Manufacturing, Aeronautical Systems, Materials (Composites), and Mechatronics.

    I would encourage you to call Col Welch who is Dean of the School of Engineering at The Citadel - he is a great guy and wants to talk to high school students interested inpursuing an engineering degree - it can give you a head start and shows your initiative. Col Welch wants to hear from you - his coordinates are:

    Ronald W. Welch, COL EN USA (Retired), PhD
    Dean of Engineering and Louis S. LeTellier Chair
    The Citadel
    171 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29409
    Email: ronald.welch@citadel.edu
    Office phone: 843-953-6499
     

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