2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges recognizes Centre as a national ‘Best Buy’

Posted by Centre News in News, Rankings 18 Jul 2017

For the third year in a row, Centre College has been named a “Best Buy” in the annual Fiske Guide to Colleges list. Centre is one of 18 private colleges and one out of a total of 38 institutions to be included in the 2018 edition—familiar recognition for the College, as it has made regular appearances in the Fiske Guide throughout the past 20-plus years.

Complied 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 earns its place on the “Best Buy” list due its emphasis on value and affordability, which is demonstrated through the College’s need-based aid and merit scholarship programs.

Ninety percent of first-year students receive some sort of financial aid and/or merit scholarships, among the most generous of any top college. Centre’s suite of premier scholarship programs—the Grissom Scholars, Lincoln Scholars and Brown Fellows programs— also offers qualified students “full-tuition plus” and “full-ride plus” opportunities.

Fiske’s “Best Buy” acknowledgement echoes similar value recognition from other leading college guides, including Centre’s #34 ranking on Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Private Liberal Arts Colleges.” Centre was also named #22 in the nation on Money magazine’s 2017 “most affordable” list, along with a #27 national listing among liberal arts colleges by Forbes’ “Best Value Colleges List.” Additionally, the College was lauded as one of the nation’s “best value” schools by the Princeton Review in its annual publication, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

In support of Centre’s value proposition, Fiske goes on to point out the College’s “unparalleled closeness between students and faculty,” with a student describing their experience by saying, “My professors took the time to really get to know me and my learning style and how I understood the material being taught.”

The Centre Commitment didn’t go unnoticed, as the guide noted the College’s guarantee of an internship or research experience, study abroad and a degree in four years as well as the fact that approximately 92 percent of students engage in an internship or perform collaborative research with faculty.

Additionally, the College’s top-ranked study abroad program was recognized, 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 promised opportunity that drives the College’s standing as a national 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.

A satisfied student shared with Fiske, “There are no barriers to success at Centre, only opportunities for students to take advantage of.”

by Centre College News
July 18, 2017