High School Preparation
Most of our students completed high school programs with honors, advanced, AP, or IB courses.
We recommend the following as a minimum background:
• Four years of English and writing
• Four years of mathematics
• Two years of science (lab courses)
• Two or more years of one foreign language
• Two years of social studies
• Some study in the arts
Competitive applicants will have taken the most demanding courses available at their high schools.
How We Decide
In making admission decisions, we give most weight to quality of high school coursework, achievement in those courses, and teacher evaluations. Application evaluation is complex and takes time.
Course work. Most of our students completed high school programs with honors, advanced, AP, or IB courses. Competitive applicants will have taken the most demanding courses available at their high schools. The committee will consider carefully the applicant’s high school profile and the options offered at that school.
GPA. We recalculate each GPA using an unweighted, 4.0 scale. We include only core academic courses in the recalculation, and will consider the trajectory of grades across the high school years.
Extracurricular Pursuits. Centre’s evaluation process places emphasis on steady involvement, leadership, and prominence of organizations and activities in which students are involved. Students should include any work experience on their application as well.
Admission Tests. We accept the SAT or ACT. We “superscore” the SAT only. 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.
Application Essay. The essay allows the admission committee to get a more personal sense of the applicant. It should demonstrate the student’s ability to write a well-crafted piece.
Teacher Recommendation. We accept teacher recommendations from core academic course teachers who have taught the student in junior or senior year.
College Credit in High School
Centre’s policies in these areas are designed to reward extraordinary achievement while at the same time supporting our belief that the best Centre College experience is a four-year experience. It is our philosophy that everything a student does prior to high school graduation is preparation for college, and all Centre students enter with exceptional academic credentials. Some of those credentials include college course work and others do not.
Consequently, we limit the amount of credit first-year students can be awarded prior to their enrollment at the College:
• A maximum of 24 hours of pre-matriculation credits may be awarded to first-year students from all sources (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual-credit, all other college credit).
• Credit will not be awarded for any course or examination completed prior to the start of the junior year in high school.
• Students who legitimately exceed the 24-hour limit may choose which credits will be awarded, and may adjust his or her choices later subject to the constraints of any other College policies.
• Regardless of credit granted, students must complete at least one general education course in residence in the following three areas: social studies, science and fundamental questions.
• Regardless of credit granted, individual major programs have the prerogative to place students in an appropriate course, to waive lower-level requirements, and to determine equivalencies to courses in their curriculum.
AP, IB, CLEP, and International Exam Credit
Advanced Placement: Centre awards a minimum of three hours of credit for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement exams. Credit for foreign language requires validation by an institutional exam. Academic programs may award additional credit and assign course equivalencies.
|Art History||3||ART 260 or 261|
|Art: Studio, drawing||3||elective; review of portfolio for ARS 110|
|Computer Science||3||elective; may bypass CSC 117 with department approval|
|Economics: micro/macro||3||elective; ECO 110 if 4 or 5 in both|
|English Literature and Composition||3||elective §|
|Environmental Science||3||elective for 4; ENS 210 for 5|
|European History ‡||3||elective|
|French Language/Literature||6*||FRE 210, 220|
|German Language/Literature||6*||GER 210, 220|
|Latin: Vergil/Cat.-Horace||6*||CLA 210, 220|
|Music Theory||3||MUS 110|
|Calculus AB||3||MAT 170|
|Calculus BC||6||MAT 170, 171 †|
|Physics B||4||PHY 110|
|Physics C||4||elective (PHY 110 if 4 or 5 in both)|
|Spanish Language/Literature||6*||SPA 210, 220|
|World History ‡||3||elective|
† If BC grade is <4 but AB subscore is 4 or 5, student will receive 3 hours credit equivalent to MAT 170.
‡ Credit not given for both world history and European history.
§ AP credit in English does not automatically meet the expository writing basic skills requirement; nor does it fulfill any other general education requirement. It serves as elective credit only.
International Baccalaureate: Centre awards a minimum of three hours of credit for scores of 6 or 7 on higher-level exams. Credit for foreign language requires validation by an institutional exam and may be awarded for a grade of 5 on a higher-level exam. Grades of 5 in some other subjects are reviewed for credit by the appropriate program. Academic programs may award additional credit and assign course equivalencies.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Credit is not granted for CLEP exam scores.
International Exams: International exam scores are reviewed for credit on a case-by-case basis.
College (and Dual) Credit
Credit may be granted for appropriate courses appearing on a college transcript provided the course is taught in a classroom on a college campus, by a college instructor who is not also a high school instructor, in a class that includes college students who are not also high school students. These criteria must be verified in writing by a high school counselor or college official.