“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.“
– Colleges That Change Lives
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600 West Walnut Street
Danville, Kentucky 40422
859.238.5350 / 800.423.6236
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 18
⋅ Maximum class size: 30
⋅ 53% in-state, 47% out-of-state
⋅ 42 states and 14 countries represented
⋅ 9 in 10 students receive financial assistance to attend Centre.
⋅ The average need-based award for last year’s first-year students was 63 percent of the comprehensive fee. The range was $5,000 to full cost with an average out-of-pocket cost of $18,300.
⋅ Renewable competitive merit scholarships are available for more than half of each first-year class, worth from $2,500 all the way to full-ride plus.
⋅ Centre offers 3 premier scholarship programs recognizing 30 students in each
incoming class. These programs provide full-need-plus and full-ride-plus
scholarships (separate application required).
⋅ For up-to-date scholarship information and separate scholarship applications,
- Private college founded in 1819
- Ranked #53 Liberal Arts College in U.S. (U.S. News 2019)
- 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.
- 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 2018).
- #16 for Best Undergraduate Teaching (U.S. News 2019)
- 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.
- Ranked #5 Best College for the Money (College Factual)
- The Alumni Factor ranks Centre 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 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), 45 Fulbright, 5 Goldwater, and 1 Rotary winners in the last 10 years.
- At least 67 alumni are in the Peace Corps, one currently in Morocco; 3 currently on faculty.
- There are no teaching assistants.
- #11 Most Accessible Professors (Princeton Review)
- 27 majors, 35 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)
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
African & African American Studies
Latin American Studies
Pre-Dentistry Pre Dentistry
Pre-Law Pre Law
Pre-M.B.A. Pre M.B.A.
Pre-Med Pre Med
Pre-Nursing Pre Nursing
Pre-Optometry Pre Optometry
Pre-Pharmacy Pre Pharmacy
Pre-Physical Therapy Pre Physical Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Pre Veterinary
Plus opportunities to earn advanced degrees in education, engineering, and nursing through partnership agreements with several major universities
- 98% of all students live on campus.
- 80% student participation in athletics with 15 intramural sports with 25 varsity teams (12 men’s, 13 women’s) in the NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association.
- 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
25 varsity teams (12 men’s, 13 women’s) in the NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association:
Cheer and Stunt
Field Hockey (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
- Within 10 months of graduation, 97% of the Centre graduates who report (on average) are either employed or engaged in advance study.
- Top 10 college for alumni pursuing graduate school (U.S. News 2019). Entrance to top graduate and professional schools (including Harvard, Yale, Chicago, M.I.T., Oxford, and Cambridge) positions.
- Class of 2018 First Destinations Survey Results: 68% Employed, 29% Enrolled in Graduate School, 2% Still Seeking, 1% Applying to Graduate School
- Average SAT score: 1250 (middle 50% 1130-1375)
- Median ACT score: 29 (middle 50%: 26-32)
- 81% of this year’s entering class ranked in the top quarter of their high school class; 52% in the top decile.