The Citadel Preps for new school year

Citadel preps for new school year

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Citadel officially got a whole new batch of freshman cadets Saturday. Officials with the school say it's one of the largest classes they have seen in years.

Matriculation officially began at about 8 a.m., It only took about two hours to get through check-in for more than seven freshman, or knobs, as the Citadel call them.

Knobs were ushered in by more senior cadets and staff. The Citadel's mascot was also on hand to help greet families new to the Lowcountry's only military college.

Perspective students were also on hand, scouting out the school before application season begins in the fall.

Lieutenant Colonel John Powell, who serves as director of admissions, was front and center, helping students through check-in.

"Well we are expecting about seven hundred and seventy eight students checking in," said Powell. "So they are bringing a variety of assorted parents, and friends and family with them. We are probably looking at a couple thousand folks here today."