SC State University’s ROTC Program Ranked Top 10 by Washington Monthly

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In their 2011 College Rankings edition, which hits newsstands this week, Washington Monthly ranks SC State University in the top 10 category for enrolling the most cadets in its ROTC program. Established in 1947, SC State’s Bulldog Battalion proudly boasts the fact that it’s one of the highest producers of minority officers for the U.S. Army, in addition to 15 generals. The first, Gen. George Price, ’51, served as a mentor to Gen. Colin L. Powell USA (Ret), who gave the University’s keynote commencement address in May 2011 and became the first honorary member of SC State’s ROTC Hall of Fame.

SC State alumnus and professor of the department of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Derrick Corbett, ‘93, says the success of the program is a direct reflection of the investment made by SC State University, alumni and the ROTC staff to support its mission of recruiting, retaining and commissioning the next generation of leaders.

“Our students gain a sense of purpose and attain a degree of certainty as it relates to a profession after college,” shares LTC Corbett. “Some of the students excel as leaders far beyond what they may have imagined before enrolling in ROTC. When they understand the benefits of ROTC, there’s a sense of certainty in knowing that when they commission and graduate, they can immediately begin a career that will be beneficial to them both personally and professionally.”

Published monthly and dedicated to politics, government, culture, and media in America, Washington Monthly also ranked the University in the categories of social mobility as measured by percentage of Pell Grant recipients), support for the research enterprise (research grants awarded and also percentage of undergraduate alumni who go on to earn Ph.D.s) and national service (through such measures as ROTC participation and percentage of alumni who enter the Peace Corps). Overall, SC State is ranked #18 out of 258 national universities and holds the second highest spot among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

From 2006 to 2010, SC State earned the number one spot in social mobility for providing affordable, accessible educational opportunities for its students.

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