Centre College

Centre College campus on an autumn morning

“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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Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, Kentucky 40422
859.238.5350 / 800.423.6236
admission@centre.edu
www.centre.edu
⋅ Approximately 1,400 students
⋅ 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
⋅ Comprehensive Fee (2019-20): $53,740 (includes tuition, room and board)
⋅ 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,
see www.centre.edu/scholarships.

Students enjoyed a beautiful spring day on April 5, 2017.

Students enjoyed a beautiful spring day on April 5, 2017.

The annual Fireworks took place on May 24, 2014 over Crounse Hall as part of commencement weekend. Centre College’s Commencement ceremony took place on May 25, 2014. 325 students took part in the graduation, the largest graduating class in Centre College’s history.

Centre students studying in Strasbourg, France enjoy a weekend trip to Paris with Professor Jeff Fieberg.

Professor Kensuke Yamada teaches Ceramics 1 and 2 students as they work on various projects.

Character
  • 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.

Worth Noting
  • 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.

Faculty & Academics
  • 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)

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors
Anthropology/Sociology
Art History
Art (studio)
Behavioral Neuroscience
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biology
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Computer Science
Data Science
Dramatic Arts
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
Financial Economics
French
German Studies
Government
History
International Studies
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Religion
Spanish

Minors
African & African American Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Art History
Art (studio)
Asian Studies
Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Data Science
Dramatic Arts
Education
English
Environmental Studies
European Studies
Film Studies
French
Gender Studies
German Studies
Global Commerce
History
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Religion
Social Justice
Sociology
Spanish

Pre-Professional Programs
Pre-Dentistry Pre Dentistry
Pre-Engineering Engineering
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-Social Work
Pre-Veterinary Pre Veterinary

Plus opportunities to earn advanced degrees in education, engineering, and nursing through partnership agreements with several major universities

Campus Life
  • 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

Varsity Sports

25 varsity teams (12 men’s, 13 women’s) in the NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association:

Baseball (Men)
Basketball
Cheer and Stunt
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • 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

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 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.