Virginia Military Institute (VMI) vs. Citadel Military College of South Carolina (Citadel)

Military College Rivalry

  • Both Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (Citadel) are public.
  • VMI is located in Lexington, VA and Citadel is located in Charleston, SC.
  • VMI has more expensive tuition of $51,186 than Citadel ($37,370).
  • VMI has tighter acceptance rate of 53.14% than Citadel (81.07%).
  • VMI has higher SAT scores of 1,185 than Citadel (1,170).
  • Citadel is larger with 3,721 students than VMI (1,512 students).
Virginia Military Institute

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina

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#52 in Liberal Arts Colleges
#7 in Virginia
Rankings#13 in South Carolina
Public, 4-yearsSchool TypePublic, 4-years
Lexington, VALocationCharleston, SC
VMIKnown asCitadel
Offered DegreesBachelor's
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Baccalaureate College - Arts & SciencesCarnegie ClassificationMaster's College and University (larger programs)
Tuition & Fees
$20,484 Virginia residents
$51,186 out-of-state
Undergraduate$12,570 South Carolina residents
$37,370 out-of-state
Graduate$12,690 South Carolina residents
$18,540 out-of-state
$17,109Financial Aid$12,565
$40Application Fee$40 undergraduate
$40 graduate
53.14%Acceptance Rate81.07%
1,185 SAT, 26 ACTTest Scores1,170 SAT, 24 ACT
Student Population
1,512Total Students3,721
Online Enrollment616
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
76%Graduation Rate70%
19%Transfer-out Rate16%
82%Retention Rate84%
$65,200Average Earning after Graduation$59,600
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Not OfferedDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Study Abroad
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 1,751)
$3,196 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 2,372)
✔ (21 meals per week)
$7,478 average annual costs
Meal Plan✔ (20 meals per week)
Faculties and Staffs
10 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio11 to 1
142 Full-time
44 Part-time
Number of Faculties208 Full-time
103 Part-time
573 Full-time
84 Part-time
Number of Staffs641 Full-time
103 Part-time
$68,028 for Faculties
$53,987 Part-time
Average Salary$81,176 for Faculties
$62,227 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2022-2023