Students Say

As a small, private college with fewer than 1,000 students, Centenary College doesn’t need to exaggerate the personal attention it can (and does) offer its undergraduates. “I have texted a pictured of my homework to one of my professors and they helped explain how to find the answer.” Over and over again, students name their professors’ close attention as the key to their success and satisfaction at Centenary: echoing the sentiment of many others, one says “the professors are the best part of Centenary.” The faculty “wants to stay connected to their students”, is “exciting and animated”, “eager to help you succeed in their classes”, and “extremely dedicated.”

Overview

Applicants
769
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 580
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

As a small, private college with fewer than 1,000 students, Centenary College doesn’t need to exaggerate the personal attention it can (and does) offer its undergraduates. “I have texted a pictured of my homework to one of my professors and they helped explain how to find the answer.” Over and over again, students name their professors’ close attention as the key to their success and satisfaction at Centenary: echoing the sentiment of many others, one says “the professors are the best part of Centenary.” The faculty “wants to stay connected to their students”, is “exciting and animated”, “eager to help you succeed in their classes”, and “extremely dedicated.” The small class sizes are popular with both the “exceptionally supportive” faculty and the students, which fosters “a lot of personal attention as well as responsibility to show up to class.” “Centenary is a small liberal arts school where the teachers know your name and are passionate about your success.” However, slackers need not apply: “Most professors demand a lot out of students. There is no such thing as an easy class.” The Centenary experience is also one that’s well-oriented toward the future, and students praise their “easy access to the experiences I need for my major.” They feel that Centenary’s strength is founded on the “commitment it takes to its students” and that undergraduates “are the most important aspect” of the faculty and administration’s pursuit of continuing excellence. “Centenary students pursue a personalized education” that is perhaps best encapsulated this way: “Small classes, passionate professors.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
88
with Terminal Degree
66

49
Men
39
Women
7
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Piano and Organ
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Hal Sutton
PGA Golfer

Robert Parish
Former NBA Player

Keith Stegall
Nashville Music Executive

Dr. Diana Ammons
Vision Researcher

Dr. Leonard Riggs
Physician

Dr. Michael Mann
Physician

Joby Ogwyn
Youngest American to climb Everest

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
83
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

Centenary’s applicant pool has grown substantially over the past decade, allowing the school to become more selective in its admissions process. The school’s reputation is very solid, and they do a nice job of enrolling those it admits. Centenary takes great pride in treating each applicant as an individual; the application process is very personalized, and the school encourages all interested students to visit. Academics are “extremely rigorous and thorough,” with a very competitive curriculum. Professors teach every class, and two-thirds of faculty members have their PhD’s. Three-quarters of freshmen return for their sophomore years, and about half go on to pursue graduate studies.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,656

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,909

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,398

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,692

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,960
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,300
Transportation for Commuters
$1,900

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Centenary students “love to try new things”, are “generally accepting of others”, and “very committed to their interests.” In terms of dividing their time between work and play, they’re “highly involved socially and academically,” and “able to balance both very well.” Undergrads “have many interests and are encouraged to explore them together” “in a way that makes the whole campus hum harmoniously.” They’re happy on campus, reflecting that “Centenary campus life always has something going on” and that “overall life is pretty great at Centenary.” When they want something different, there are also opportunities to “go off-campus to the Boardwalk or other places around Shreveport/Bossier” or enjoy “the local movie theater or shopping in downtown Shreveport.” Students also let their minds take them to new frontiers, and depict that it’s “usual to find people clustered talking about the problems of the world and offering ways to solve them.” More than anything, Centenary students seem to like and value each other, and find their peers “becoming friends for life.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
553
Out of State
37%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

1.11%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
3.69%
Asian
15.50%
African-American
6.09%
Hispanic
69.56%
Caucasian
2.03%
International

57% female
43% male
37% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Centenary’s size as an “intimate and quaint campus” dominates students’ depictions of their social life as much as it does their academic experience. The campus is “a close community and family” with “a plethora of organizations that allow for leadership opportunities”, as well as “a surprisingly good Greek life for our size.” Students are both academically serious and down for some good fun: “During the week students are always on top of school, come Thursday-Sunday it’s all about the parties, frats and drinking, and Sunday is recovery and homework day.” Politically, the student body is “pretty evenly split between liberal and conservative”, though since the school is “United Methodist affiliated,” there is a Christian emphasis on producing “moral, caring, and wise leaders.” Many students participate in Centenary’s “variety of sports, intramural or varsity,” but non-athletes find plenty of social opportunities in the “alternative hang outs in dorm lobbies or at the religious life center, theatre, or library.” Students love the “close-knit” vibe on campus, without feeling claustrophobic, reporting that undergrads “are quite close to each other here and it’s easy to become fast friends with most anybody, so plenty of good old fashioned hanging out goes on.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
66%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
70

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
58
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations

13% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Gentlemen)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Ladies)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.centenary.edu/life/outreach

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
97

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
30

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nora Fradin
Receptionist and Guest Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
2911 Centenary Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71104

Phone
800-234-4448

Email
admission@centenary.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Meadows Museum of Art
Dr. Ed Leuck Louisiana Academic Arboretum
Shehee Baseball Stadium
Anderson Choral Building
Gold Dome Multisport and Entertainment Complex
Peavy Climbing Tower Crumley Gardens Feazel Instrumental Hall Fitness Center Jones-Rice Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Robinson Film Center
Biomedical Research Facilities
Independence Stadium
Moonbot Studios
Red River Entertainment District
Red River Chimp Haven Blade Studios Artspace The Strand Theater

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F and weekends by appointment
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F; 9AM - 12Noon by appointmen
800-234-4448

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: hourly, 9am-3pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
hourly 9am-4pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@centenary.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not during exam periods

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Air, buses, taxis with closest airport being about 10 miles from campus

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit I-49 South and exit on Kings Highway. Turn left on Kings Highway. Proceed 1.3 miles and turn left on Centenary Boulevard. Enter campus at the first entrance on your right. From I-20 East or West, exit I-49 South. Exit Kings Highway and turn left. Proceed 1.3 miles and turn left on Centenary Boulevard. Enter campus at the first entrance on your right. From I-49 North, exit Kings Highway and turn right. Proceed 1.3 miles and turn left on Centenary Boulevard. Enter campus at the first entrance on your right.
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Key Stats

769
Applicants
553
Size
66%
Acceptance Rate
1050
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists