Cappex names Centre a top-25 college for student activities

Posted by Centre News in Campus, Community Service, Greek Life, News, Rankings 16 Jan 2015

Expo14 PSConfirming the merits of the fulfilling and well-balanced Centre Experience, the popular college decision service Cappex has ranked Centre College among the “Top 25 Best Colleges for Activities.”

Cappex offers college seekers a trove of resources to help them choose the school that is the right fit, including a compilation of more than 1.4 million reviews by current students of approximately 2,000 colleges and universities. Cappex draws on these student reviews to determine America’s top 25 schools across multiple categories. Centre earned the #18 spot among schools with “the widest, most interesting selection of on-campus clubs and activities.”

This recognition is well deserved given Centre’s 75 student organizations and more than 2,000 campus events held each year. From volunteer service and intramural sports to Greek life and student government, the opportunities to get involved at Centre are limitless, fueled by the energy and interest of the students themselves.

“Incoming Centre students have traditionally been very involved in out-of-class activities in high school, so it is only natural that their involvement would continue into college,” notes Director of Campus Activities Kendrick Durham. “Passion is not foreign to these students, and it’s this passion that drives them to get involved and to use their talents to make a difference both on and off campus.”

Thomas Becker ’15, president of the Student Government Association, believes Centre is defined by its community of highly motivated and conscientious individuals.

“It’s next-to-impossible to find a Centre student who isn’t involved in some sort of co-curricular activity,” says Becker. “We pride ourselves on our ability to juggle demanding academic schedules with equally rigorous out-of-classroom involvements.”

Centre regards extracurricular engagement as essential to furthering its mission of preparing students for meaningful lives of work, leadership and service, and strives to create a dynamic and engaged campus community.

“The Student Life Office does our best to guide students to the activities that best fit their interests,” says Durham. “We also try to keep our finger on the student pulse to see where their interests lie and provide programs and opportunities to meet those interests.”

As part of this effort to showcase the wealth of options for student involvement, each fall the Student Life Office hosts an Activities Expo to highlight campus clubs, organizations and offices. According to Durham, this is one of the College’s most highly attended events every year.

“This goes to show that students are hungry for involvement and leadership opportunities and actively seek them out,” he says. “We also tell students that if they can’t find a club or organization that fits their needs, they can grab a few buddies and start their own organization.”

Ultimately, the College’s emphasis on active engagement both in and out of the classroom guides students on the path to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

“Centre fosters an environment where students are challenged to take full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum, not only seeking a well-rounded education but also taking the initiative to lead organizations that support their many and varied passions and interests as well,” says Becker.

View the complete list of Cappex’ Top 25 Best Colleges for Activities.

See Cappex’ comprehensive review of Centre College.

Learn more about Campus Life at Centre.

by Caitlan Cole

Photo: Students connected with campus clubs, organizations and offices at the College’s most recent Activities Expo.

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