2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges recognizes Centre as a Best Buy college
Centre College has once again been recognized as an institution where excellence and affordability coexist. The bestselling “Fiske Guide to Colleges” has named Centre as one of only 20 private colleges nationwide considered a Best Buy school.
Compiled by the former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is regarded as one of the “most trusted” college-selection resources, providing a systematic, subjective and selective look at more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.
Centre’s emphasis on value and affordability is clearly demonstrated through the College’s need-based aid and merit scholarship programs, among the most generous of any top national college. Ninety percent of first-year Centre students receive financial aid and/or merit scholarships, such as the new Grissom Scholars Program for first-generation students, a number that has garnered attention from other college ranking resources. Last year Centre landed at #18 on Money magazine’s “most affordable” list and this year ranked #32 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance round up of “Best Values in Private liberal arts colleges.”
This great value is supported in large part by generous alumni, whose loyal giving is a reflection of their satisfaction in Centre’s “emphasis on academic excellence, and faculty and students who care about forming lasting friendships with each other,” as the Fiske guide states. Centre alumni consistently offer a solid endorsement for the College, earning Centre a #1 ranking for “Happiest Graduates in the Nation” by the Alumni Factor and among the top 10 in the nation for annual giving for the past three decades.
Centre’s academic climate is described in the guide by a student as “intense, not competitive, but every student must be very focused and possess excellent time management skills.” Similarly, Centre students are recognized as progressive, intellectual and well-rounded.
However, the guide makes sure to point out that “the school is not all work and no play.” One student notes that the College’s small size offers “the ability to get involved and have a direct hand in making improvements,” including the more than 85 percent of Centre students who engage in community service.
The Centre Commitment’s guarantee of an internship or research experience, study abroad and a degree in four years is also acknowledged, as well as the fact that more than one-third of Centre students perform collaborative research with faculty, including the John C. Young Scholars research program for seniors.
Additionally, the College’s top-ranked study abroad program received a nod as a “great value” experience, with approximately 85 percent of students taking advantage of programs in China, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain. Centre students have the option of becoming global citizens for virtually the same cost as studying on campus, a guaranteed opportunity that drives the College’s standing as the nation’s leader in international education.
Ultimately, the Fiske Guide acknowledges the overall quality of the Centre experience, supported by the pairing of academic excellence and affordable cost that positions the College among the nation’s best educational values.
“With a safe, bucolic campus, an emphasis on academic excellence, and faculty and students who care about forming lasting friendships with each other, this undiscovered gem may be worth a look.”
by Amy Wise
July 1, 2015