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Centre offers three admission application plans to accommodate varying student needs.
1) Early Decision: November 15 Students who believe Centre is their first-choice college and who are prepared to make an early commitment to Centre may apply Early Decision through November 15. Early Decision candidates pledge to enroll if they are admitted, provided they receive a financial aid award that makes attendance possible. ED applicants will receive admission and scholarship decisions by early January and financial aid notification by late January. Admitted ED students submit an enrollment deposit by February 1 and withdraw their applications to any other colleges.
2) Early Action: December 1 Students who apply by December 1 will be notified of admission decisions by mid-January.
3) Regular Decision: January 15 Students who meet the regular decision deadline of January 15 will be notified of admission decisions by mid-March.
|Early Decision||November 15||Binding||Late Dec||Feb 1|
|Early Action||December 1||Non-binding||Mid-Jan||May 1|
|Regular Decision||January 15||Non-binding||Mid-March||May 1|
*Students applying for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA and Centre Aid Form by the deadline of their chosen application plan. Students who meet these deadlines will be notified of financial aid awards beginning in March. The financial aid process is expedited for students applying Early Decision.
The following items must be postmarked or submitted electronically by the appropriate application deadline date (see Application Timetable above).
• The School Report completed by your guidance counselor.
• An official transcript of your high school academic record attached to the School Report.
• A teacher evaluation completed by someone who has taught you in a core academic subject in your junior or senior year.
• Score reports of ACT or SAT tests may be sent from the respective testing services or included on a student’s high school transcript. We use the highest composite ACT score or highest combination of SAT Reading and Math scores. Students are encouraged to report all ACT and SAT scores, knowing only the best composite scores will be used in the admission process. Centre does not require SAT subject tests.
• TOEFL/IELTS score report All international applicants applying to Centre for whom English is not their first language must submit official results from either the TOEFL or the IELTS exam. Our required minimum for the TOEFL is 90 and our required minimum for the IELTS is 7.0
• Midyear Report of grades received in courses taken during the first semester of your senior year (for Regular Decision applicants only).
• The ED Agreement is required of Early Decision applicants only. This binding contract indicates the applicant and his or her family understands the terms and conditions of their application plan.
• Optional Items may include samples of work or an interview. An interview and campus visit is strongly encouraged. Students who wish to share a portfolio of artistic work should send selected works (max = 10) or a link to an online portfolio to email@example.com. Digital copies should be submitted via email, and not through the CommonApp’s SlideRoom portal. Application supplements will not be returned, so please submit copies only.
Is Early Decision Right for You?
At some point in their college search, many competitive high-school students consider applying to a college under an Early Decision (ED) plan. At Centre, applying Early Decision is recommended for students who, through careful reflection and research, have identified Centre College as more than just their first choice college—it’s their ideal fit college. They simply couldn’t see themselves happier anywhere else.
We want students who have determined that our personal approach to the liberal arts is what they want. We’re looking for students who are excited to prepare for lives of work and service in a global context; who thrive in a collaborative community that values intense academic challenge and support; who do more than seize opportunities, they create them.
If this is you, click here for more details.
Scholarships and Aid Brochure
The 56 percent of Centre students who take out loans to pay for their education graduate with less debt than the national average and virtually the same debt load as alumni of public universities in and around our state, as well as across the nation.
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