Centre College

Centre College campus on an autumn morning

“Everyone should know about Centre. The creativity and flexibility and encouragement the school gives you to craft your experience – it’s indescribable. It can be as fantastic as you want it to be.”
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Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, Kentucky 40422
859.238.5350 / 800.423.6236
⋅ Approximately 1,400 students
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 18
⋅ Maximum class size: 30
⋅ 50% in-state, 50% out-of-state
⋅ 41 states and 29 countries represented

Centre is continually named a top value among liberal arts colleges, and we are committed to making our nationally ranked education affordable.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee (2023-2024): $63,590 (includes tuition, room, food, and student fee).
⋅ 90% of students receive financial assistance; the average aid offer for the 2023 entry class was $40,000.
⋅ Competitive merit scholarships range from $15,000 – $30,000, are awarded at the time of admission (no separate application required) and renew annually based on GPA.  Approximately 50% of the applicant pool receives a merit scholarship.
⋅ Centre offers two premier scholarship programs recognizing 20 students (10 per program) in each incoming class. Learn more about the Lincoln Scholars (full-cost scholarship) and Grissom Scholars for First-Generation Students (up to full-cost + $5,000 in educational enrichment funds).
⋅ Centre also offers specialty scholarships for students who plan to study in STEM fields, selected languages or visual and performing arts. Learn more about all 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.
  • Private college founded in 1819
  • Ranked #51 of 211 National Liberal Arts Colleges, US News and World Report
  • Located in historic Danville – the birthplace of Kentucky – Centre College is 30 miles from Lexington in the famed Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, 85 miles from Louisville; 120 from Cincinnati, OH; 140 from Knoxville, TN; 200 from Nashville, TN; 230 from Columbus, OH; and 375 miles from Atlanta or Chicago.

Worth Noting
  • Centre was named #51 National Liberal Arts College, #17 Best Value, and #26 in Undergraduate Teaching in US News and World Report
  • Career Communities that help you plan for what comes after Centre. Explore career paths or graduate school, secure internships, and network with industry insiders – all with the help of a personalized career coach.
  • 98% of Centre students are employed or pursuing graduate programs within one year of graduation.
  • 85% of Centre students study abroad. The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2023 Report lists Centre second in the nation out of all baccalaureate colleges for student participation in study abroad.
  • The Alumni Factor ranks Centre #1 for graduates who are happy with their experience, indicating the Centre experience is truly exceptional by the people who know it best.
  • Centre students regularly receive top post graduate awards, including the Gates, Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rotary, National Science Foundation and more.

Faculty & Academics
  • Princeton Review placed Centre faculty 13th in the country as “Professors Get High Marks,” with students complimenting the quality of instruction they received. Centre professors also ranked 24th nationally for “Most Accessible Professors.”
  • 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio that promotes a personal academic experience with faculty who know you and eager to help you shape a plan to reach your goals.
  • Centre students describe faculty as extremely knowledgeable with a vested interest in student success.
  • Over 50 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs including dual-degree engineering programs with Washington University and University of Kentucky.
  • Pre-professional programs: Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-M.B.A., Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Social Work, Pre-Teaching Certification, Pre-Veterinary
  • Medical School acceptance rate for first-time applicants is 86%, among the highest in the nation.

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

Art (Studio Art)
Art History
Behavioral Neuroscience
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Chemical Physics
Classical Studies
Computer Science
Data Science
Economics & Finance
Environmental Studies
German Studies
International Studies

African & African American Studies
Art (Studio Art)
Art History
Asian Studies
Behavioral Neuroscience
Classical Studies
Computer Science
Data Science
Creative Writing
Environmental Studies
Film Studies
Gender Studies
German Studies
Global Commerce
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Social Justice

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 P
Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Social Work
Pre-Teaching Certification
Pre-Veterinary Pre Veterinary

Centre students with engineering interest can choose Centre’s dual-degree engineering program with Washington University or University of Kentucky.

Centre students seeking a teaching career will earn a bachelor’s degree in their field of interest and then pursue a master’s degree in education through our partnership programs with Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education or University of Louisville with initial certification in elementary or secondary education.

Campus Life
  • A close-knit community where 98% of all students live on campus.
  • First-year residence halls, upperclassmen townhouses or apartments, and Greek life housing.
  • 80 + campus organizations
  • Over 2,000 campus events each year
  • 23 NCAA III athletic teams (11 men, 13 women, one co-ed). Go Colonels!
  • Intramural sports

Varsity Sports

-23 intercollegiate teams (10 men’s, 12 women’s and one co-ed) NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association
-67 conference titles (200-2020), 7 national titles (since 2013), 84 NCAA DIII All Americans (2013-2022)

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • 98% of Centre graduates are employed or attending graduate school within one year of graduation; 64% employment, 34% graduate school.
  • Top employment by category: finance/business, education, science/research, health/medicine, law/government
  • Top graduate schools attended: Columbia, Duke, George Washington University, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, Purdue, University of California, Berkeley, University College London, University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest.
  • Centre’s alumni are fiercely loyal and eager to help you make valuable job contacts in almost any field and location imaginable. Memorable alumni include two U.S. vice presidents, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, and a founder of the Hard Rock Cafe. More recent alumni are equally distinguished and love to network with Centre students.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Centre is test-optional.
  • Average unweighted GPA 3.7
  • 30% of the class is represented by underrepresented or international students.
  • 24% are first-generation college students.
  • 31 US states and territories and 13 countries are represented.