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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges and is also included in Colleges That Change Lives.

The Centre Commitment

All students are guaranteed 1) study abroad, 2) an internship or research opportunity, and 3) graduation in four years, or Centre will provide up to a year of additional study tuition-free (as long as academic and social expectations have been met).

Student Body

Approximately 1,400 students from throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Almost all live on campus.

Student/Faculty Ratio

10.5 to 1.


26 majors, 34 minors. Self-designed majors. Approximately 22 percent double major. Opportunities to earn degrees in education, engineering, and nursing through partnership agreements with several major universities.

Academic Honors

Centre has had 59 Fulbright winners since 1991, as well as a total of 17 Rotary, 12 Goldwater, eight Rhodes (the most recent in 2009), and six National Science Foundation scholars. Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Class Size

Average class size is 18. No large lecture classes; normal maximum class size is 30.

Centre Students

About 84 percent of this year’s first-year class ranked in the top quarter of their high school class, with more than half in the top 10 percent. The middle 50-percent range for ACT composite is 26 to 31; for the old SAT (critical reading and math only), it is 1150 to 1360, and for the new SAT it is 1220-1420. Of those reporting race, minority and international students make up 26 percent of this year’s first-year class.

Residence Life

Choose from a variety of housing options, including traditional residence halls and transitional apartments.

Study Abroad

Centre has been No. 1 in the nation two of the last three years for percentage of students who study abroad. Approximately 85 percent of students study abroad at least once by graduation. Nearly 25 percent study abroad at least twice.

Performing Arts

Extensive program of visiting performances — most free to students — in our world-class facility. Or participate yourself in one of several major plays each year, choral groups, or instrumental ensembles.


Eleven varsity teams for men. Twelve varsity teams for women. Member of NCAA Division III and the Southern Athletic Association. Club sports and active intramural program.

After Graduation

Within 10 months of graduation, 95 percent (on average of those reporting) are employed or engaged in advanced study. About two-thirds of Centre graduates will earn an advanced degree.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need-based aid and merit scholarships offered. Approximately 90 percent of all first-year students receive some form of assistance. The average need-based financial aid award for first-years last year was 63 percent of the comprehensive fee. Renewable competitive scholarships are available for about half of each first-year class—worth from $2,500 all the way to full cost.

2015-16 Cost

$47,820 comprehensive fee (includes tuition, room, and board).

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