Students Say

Kentucky’s Centre College is a private, liberal arts school armed with a “great national reputation.” At the “small and personable” school it’s rather easy to feel at home as you stroll around the campus. Additionally, undergrads truly appreciate that the college offers “great financial aid” as well as a “huge network in terms of postgraduate job search.” Centre also aims to provide students with a global perspective and runs a robust study program. As one biology major gushes, “I have already been to Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong, and I will be leaving for Scotland for a semester in the fall.”

Overview

Applicants
2,494
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.71

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Kentucky’s Centre College is a private, liberal arts school armed with a “great national reputation.” At the “small and personable” school it’s rather easy to feel at home as you stroll around the campus. Additionally, undergrads truly appreciate that the college offers “great financial aid” as well as a “huge network in terms of postgraduate job search.” Centre also aims to provide students with a global perspective and runs a robust study program. As one biology major gushes, “I have already been to Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong, and I will be leaving for Scotland for a semester in the fall.” “Small classes” are another a hallmark of a Centre education, allowing for “a huge amount of one-on-one contact.” And, perhaps most importantly, students rave about their “excellent” professors. Though they may be “tough” at times, we’re also told that “their demands are worth the work!” An impressed religion major boasts, “In just two years I have had so many amazing professors who have altered the way I see the world in very meaningful and positive ways.” By and large they are also “very accommodating and help students whenever they can.” A psychology major supports this adding, “My professors are very attentive to my needs and are constantly reminding us that they’re here to help, whether it’s office hours or talking after class.” And, even better, they “push you to be more than you ever thought you could be.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.27:1
Total Faculty
146
with Terminal Degree
130

83
Men
63
Women
11
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Cabell Breckinridge
United States V.P. under President Buchanan

Adlai Stevenson
United States V.P. under President Cleveland

James Evans
Retired Chairman of the Board of Union Pacific

Isaac Tigrett
Founder of Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Centre promises students that its staff “are here to help you apply for internships, jobs and graduate school, as well as explore your career options and interests.” From the career center’s website, students can watch tutorial videos from CareerSpots.com, which provides “a series of short videos on career related topics such as networking, interviewing, job fairs, etiquette, and more.” One Computer Science major raved that Centre “guarantees an internship” or research experience, and other students praise the professors’ helpfulness in tracking down and applying for internships. After graduating, a Biology major noted that the “alumni network is HUGE, and really helpful once you leave Centre.” Popular majors for Centre students include economics, philosophy, and history with popular post-Centre jobs like assistant editor, application systems analyst/programmer, and human resources specialist.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$43,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$83,800

Return on Education (ROE) rating
88

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 31
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

Centre’s small but capable student body reflects solid academic preparation from high school. If you’re ranked in the top quarter of your graduating class and have taken challenging courses throughout high school, you should have no difficulties with the admissions process. Tuition, room, board, books, and supplies will come to $47,800 at Centre College. However, since Centre meets on average 83 percent of student need, an education of the caliber provided by the school is still within reach for most applicants. The average need-based financial aid package is substantial, at around $27,500. Centre College provided one undergraduate with a “good financial aid package and made it possible for a student with little financial means to study abroad.” Upon graduation, student loan debt is a very reasonable $25,269.

Bang For Your Buck

Centre offers a multitude of advantages, such as a recognized academic reputation, a plethora of majors to choose from, and exposure to internationally known artists and scholars; benefits like these produce extraordinary success. For example, entrance to top graduate and professional schools; the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships (Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater); interesting, rewarding jobs (ninetyseven percent of graduates are either employed or engaged in advance study within ten months of graduation). Centre has an impressively strong study abroad program, and about eighty-five percent of their students take advantage; it “allows every student the chance to study abroad, regardless of major or financial situation,” reports one student. Another undergrad states proudly that Centre “looks toward the future...of our world and the need for students to be prepared for it.” Just about everyone gets a job or accepted into some sort of graduate school after graduation. “They took a chance by letting me attend. I had a below average ACT score than the college accepted. They offered me a great scholarship that allowed attending their school financially feasible. I honor their decision by doing my best, which has led me not only to good grades but also a life changing experience.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,338

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,491

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,485

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,994

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,092

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,200
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,810
Transportation for Commuters
$710

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Centre seems to have cultivated a student body full of “passionate,” “driven” and “intelligent” individuals. And undergrads certainly revel in the fact that you can find “a large sampling of people here.” In other words, there “are nerds and athletes and drama kids and math whizzes.” Impressively, “a lot of those lines blur” at Centre and it’s not at all surprising to discover that “the quarterback is a drama major.” Students say that the “typical student is white [and] comes from [a] middle to upper class family in either Lexington or Louisville” and “conservative,” though others insist that the student body has “changed dramatically” in recent years. Fortunately, no matter their background or political leanings, students tend to be “open minded,” and it’s “very easy and comfortable to talk to just about anyone.” “Everybody knows everybody,” a contented psych major sums up. “And for the most part, everybody likes everybody. Centre is one big giant family.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,387
Out of State
44%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

3.54%
Asian
4.92%
African-American
2.61%
Hispanic
84.86%
Caucasian
6.61%
International

52% female
48% male
44% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Centre certainly adopts the stereotypical “work hard, play hard” mentality. Due to “rigorous academic courses” students are “always studying and doing homework.” However, when time and schedule allow, they love to kick back. And there’s a lot of which to take advantage! For starters “there are plenty of musical groups, athletic groups (intramural to D3 level), theatre groups, writing groups, art groups, student government groups and smaller niche groups for various interests.” Moreover, “Greek life is a big part of Centre.” This is partially attributed to the fact that “fraternities are the only ones allowed to host parties.” Thankfully, it appears to be “a very open community,” and we’ve been assured that all “parties are open to the entire campus.” The Student Activities Council also hosts many “excellent events” such as “free midnight movies at the local theater” along with “really lively karaoke, poker night, etc.” The performing arts center also manages to attract “top notch” musicians, dancers and comedians every year. Finally, though night life in hometown Danville “doesn’t really exist,” downtown Lexington “is only a 45-minute drive” and offers some great options for dining and entertainment.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
81
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

40% join a fraternity
41% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

58% participate in intramural sports
42% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Colonels)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Colonels)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: University of Kentucky
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Kentucky

Sustainability


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
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
19

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
92%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple Computer

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
Jamie Prewitt
Visiting Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
600 West Walnut
Danville, KY 40422

Phone
8004236236

Email
admission@centre.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Norton Center for the Arts
College Centre, athletic and library
The Campus Center, student center
Young Hall, science facility
21 campus buildings on National Register

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Historic Shaker Village
Civil War Battle Field
Keeneland Racetrack (30 miles away in Le
Danville Shopping District
Historic Downtown Danville

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays September-Ma
8:30am-5pm and 9am-noon
8004236236

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 2:45p.m. daily; other times by appointment
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Sept-May Saturdays 10 a.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@centre.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sun-Thurs only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bluegrass Airport near Lexington is 40 miles from campus. The college provides transportation from the airport. Call the admissions office a week in advance to make arrangements.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the southwest, take I-65 N. to the Cumberland Pkwy. (Exit 43); take the Pkwy. east to US 127 N., which takes you to Danville. From the north, take I-75 S. exit to Kentucky Rte. 922 and follow signs to the Bluegrass Pkwy. W. Take the Pkwy. west to U.S. 127 S. Follow U.S. 127 S. to Danville. From the southeast, take I-75 N. to Exit 59. Take U.S. 150 N.W. (initially it is U.S. 25) to U.S. 127 N., which takes you into Danville.

Local Accommodations
There are several charming bed-and-breakfasts operating in the historic homes that line Danville's older streets. The best way to inquire about rooms in these homes is to call the Campus Visit Coordinator through the admissions office. We recommend a beautifully restored pre-Civil War home, the Twin Hollies (406 Maple Ave.; 859-236-8954), a short one-and-a-half blocks from campus, and the Elmwood Inn (205 E. 4th St., Perryville; 859-332-2400) on the banks of the Chaplin River, 10 minutes from Center. The Elmwood, an 1842 Greek Revival house listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has 2 rooms, and the moderate price includes a full breakfast with homemade muffins. Less expensive accommodations can be found within 5 miles of the school at the Days Inn (U.S. Rte. 127; 859-236-8600), or the Super 8 Motel (U.S. Rte. 150; 859-236-8881). The Bright Leaf Resort and Motel (U.S. Rte. 127 S., 1742 Danville Rd., Harrodsburg; 859-734-5481), about 5 miles from campus, is an inexpensive resort-type facility with a health club, outdoor pool, fishing lakes, and golf course. Special golf packages are available.
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Key Stats

2,494
Applicants
1,387
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists