Centre College

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600 W. Walnut Street

Danville, KY 40422

Phone: (859) 238-5200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#49 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Centre College is a private institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,344, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 125 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Centre College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 49. Its tuition and fees are $36,000 (2013-14).

For students who attend Centre College, three things are definite: If they want, they will be able to study abroad, complete an internship and graduate in four years. The school, located in Danville, Kentucky, guarantees that all students who follow academic and social guidelines will be exposed to each of the three key college experiences. Many students choose to partake in the Centre Commitment, as it is called; for example, more than 85 percent study abroad at least one time. Never traveled outside the country? Centre College will buy a passport for every student who doesn't have one. Back in Danville, students can check out more than 100 clubs on campus. About 40 percent of students join the school's popular Greek system, which has a handful of fraternities and sororities. Student athletes can play for the Centre Colonels, varsity teams that mainly compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. There are dozens of performances, from ballets to book readings, on campus each semester, and all full-time students must attend at least 12 per year. All students must live on campus, unless they commute from a parent's home nearby or are married. A limited number of seniors who apply to move off campus will be permitted to do so. All students are allowed to have cars, which is a good thing for outdoor enthusiasts; without venturing far from campus, students can play frisbee golf at Henry Jackson Park, canoe at Cummins Falls Marina or explore the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge. Longer car trips will take students to Lexington, Kentucky, in 40 minutes; Cincinnati in two hours; and Nashville, Tennessee, in 3.5 hours.

Students at Centre College are encouraged to take on experiential learning projects, be it through an internship or research with a faculty member. All students can showcase their creativity, experiments and projects at the Centre RICE Symposium, held on campus each year. Notable Centre College alumni include Isaac Tigrett, founder of the Hard Rock Café and House of Blues chains; John Ellison Conlee, a Broadway actor famous for his role in "The Full Monty"; and Fred Vinson, former chief justice of the United States. Vinson is still a revered figure on the Centre College campus today; a portrait of Vinson, known as Dead Fred, is toted along to every home football match and big campus events.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Centre College offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation's premier study abroad program. Centre's personalized approach means that most international study includes at least one Centre professor. / Approximately 85 percent of students study abroad at least once during their four years at Centre. In the Class of 2012, the most recent graduating class, 24 percent spent two terms abroad, while 6 percent managed three or more terms. Centre offers nine permanent, semester-long residential programs: in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Spain, Yucatan, China, and Japan. Short CentreTerm programs in January explore an ever-increasing number of countries; in 2013 students studied in Barbados, Borneo, China, Ghana, Israel, and Italy, among others. There are also summer programs, as well as a formal internship program associated with Centre-in-the-Yucatan. In order that financial need should not prevent study abroad, Centre also offers additional financial aid specifically for international study. / The College considers study abroad to be so integral to a Centre education that it is a component of the Centre Commitment: study abroad, an internship or research opportunity, and graduation in four years guaranteed, or Centre will provide up to one more year of tuition for free. (No one has yet claimed the free year, but the internships have helped many students find their first post-graduation jobs.) / Centre's stellar academic experience (including three Goldwater winners in the last five years and a recent Boren Scholar) and its exceptional commitment to remaining affordable is made possible in part by legions of devoted alumni. For 31 consecutive years, more than half of living alumni have made an annual gift to the College. / And after graduation? Centre students enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation). / Centre is a place where important conversations occur in and out of the classroom. In 2012, for the second time in a dozen years, Centre's Norton Center for the Arts was the setting for the nation's only Vice Presidential Debate. Even in years without a vice presidential debate, the Norton Center features an amazing array of high-profile arts performances and speakers. Recent visits have featured the Vienna Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Blue Man Group, and Nobel prize-winner Elie Wiesel. Be it through master classes with visiting artists or escorting speakers around campus, Centre students regularly engage with the most eminent in their fields.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1819
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $207,316,357


When applying to Centre College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and December 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Centre College is $40. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 82.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.6%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Centre College is 11:1, and the school has 60.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Centre College include: History, General; Economics, General; Economics, Other; English Language and Literature, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 87%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
History, General 11%
Economics, General 10%
Economics, Other 9%
English Language and Literature, General 8%
Psychology, General 8%

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Student Life

Centre College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,344, with a gender distribution of 47.4 percent male students and 52.6 percent female students. At this school, 98 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 2 percent of students live off campus. Centre College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,344
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Centre College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Centre College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Centre College, 62 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Centre College.

Students who have cars on campus 62%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Centre College, 62.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,643.

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Tuition and fees $36,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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