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. 1 in the nation for study abroad participation among baccalaureate institutions (Open Doors 2012).
  • 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. U.S. News Centre ranks No. 5 in the nation for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" and "Alumni Giving" among liberal arts colleges. And a new report, The Alumni Factor, ranks Centre No. 18 in the nation (No. 11 among liberal arts colleges) for graduate success and satisfaction.
  • The Centre Commitment: All students who meet the College's academic and social expectations are guaranteed an internship or research experience, study abroad, and graduation in four concurrent years, or the College will provide up to a year of additional tuition free.
  • Centre students regularly receive the top national awards, including the Rhodes (two-thirds of Kentucky recipients in the last 40 years), 31 Fulbright, 6 Goldwater, and 12 Rotary winners in the last 10 years.
  • At least 52 from Centre have gone on to serve in the Peace Corps, including currently in the Africa and El Salvador. Four professors served in the Peace Corps prior to joining the Centre 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.
  • 26 majors and 39 minors; self-designed majors are encouraged, and double majors are common.
  • Education, engineering, and nursing degrees available through partnerships with several major universities.
  • Pre-professional programs: Pre-Med (including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary), Pre-Law, 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
  • 98% of Centre students are either employed or engaged in advanced study within 10 months of graduation.
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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: 1263 (V middle 50%: 560-690; M middle 50%: 580-700)
  • Median ACT score: 29 (middle 50%: 26-31)
  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • 79% of this year's entering class ranked in the top quarter of their high school class; 49% in the top decile.