Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Centre College

"No university faculty compares with Centre's in the impact it has on the growth of young minds and personalities. Its faculty is earnestly committed to and excels at the art of teaching."
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  • Private college founded in 1819
  • Ranked among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges
  • Located in historic Danville, 30 miles from Lexington in the famed Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, Centre is 85 miles from Louisville, 120 from Cincinnati, 140 from Knoxville, 200 from Nashville, 230 from Columbus, and 375 from Atlanta and Chicago.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Nearly 85% of Centre students have studied abroad by the time they graduate. Centre was recently ranked No. 3 in the nation for study abroad participation among baccalaureate institutions (Open Doors 2013).
  • The College's exceptional value has been noted regularly by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Parade, and the Fiske Guide. The Princeton Review ranks Centre ranks No. 12 in the nation for "Best Faculty."
  • A new report, The Alumni Factor, ranks Centre No. 18 in the nation (No. 11 among liberal arts colleges) for graduate success and satisfaction ... and No. 1 for graduate happiness. This combined with Centre's No. 7 ranking for "Alumni Giving" by U.S. News indicates that the Centre experience is truly exceptional by the people who know it best.
  • The Centre Commitment: All students who meet the College's academic and social expectations are guaranteed an internship or (beginning with the Class of 2017) a research experience, study abroad, and graduation in four years. If a student is unable to secure the components of the Centre Commitment within four consecutive years of enrollment, the College will provide up to an additional year of additional study tuition-free.
  • Centre students regularly receive the top national awards, including the Rhodes (8 total, most recently in 2009), 23 Fulbright, 5 Goldwater, and 12 Rotary winners in the last 10 years.
  • At least 67 alumni are in the Peace Corps, one currently in Morocco; 3 currently on faculty.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • There are no teaching assistants.
  • 27 majors, 34 minors, and self-designed majors. Approximately 25% double major.
  • Education, engineering, and nursing degrees are available through partnerships with several major universities.
  • Pre-professional programs: Pre-Med (including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary), Pre-Law, and Pre-M.B.A. (business)
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 98% of all students live on campus.
  • NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association; 23 varsity teams (11 men's, 12 women's), 15 intramural sports with 80% student participation.
  • Over 75 campus organizations with 2,000 campus events each year.
  • Campus participation: 40% varsity athletics, 80% community service, 25% performing arts
  • Residence halls of every type, from traditional Greek Revival rooms to apartments
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Within 10 months of graduation, 96% of the Centre graduates who report (on average) are either employed or engaged in advance study.
  • Entrance to top graduate and professional schools (including Harvard, Yale, Chicago, M.I.T., Oxford, and Cambridge) positions.
  • Class of 2013 First Destinations Survey Results: 70% Employed, 26% Enrolled in Graduate School, 3% Still Seeking, 1% Applying to Graduate School
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Average SAT score: 1225 (V middle 50%: 550-670; M middle 50%: 560-680)
  • Median ACT score: 29 (middle 50%: 26-31)
  • 81% of this year's entering class ranked in the top quarter of their high school class; 52% in the top decile.