Centre a best college in the nation according to “2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges”
Centre is no stranger to impressive rankings, and the 2014 “Fiske Guide to Colleges” does not disappoint, listing Centre as one of the best 300 colleges in the nation.
Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, “Fiske Guide to Colleges” is a selective, subjective and systematic look at over 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
The guide hails Centre as the unrivaled best institution of higher learning in Kentucky, praising its “unparalleled closeness between students and faculty” and the strength of its English, history, biology, biochemistry, economics and art programs.
As the only independent school in Kentucky with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the producer of two-thirds of the Commonwealth’s Rhodes scholars in the last 40 years, Centre is certainly an academic heavy-hitter. The guide also highlights Centre’s John C. Young Scholars program, which allows select seniors to participate in a year of guided research.
The College’s academic rigor is complemented by its well-balanced educational approach. The Fiske Guide takes note of Centre’s unique January or “CentreTerm” classes, which “offer a chance to explore topics such as cloning, baseball in American politics, and coffee and culture.”
The well-rounded character of Centre students comes from the wealth of opportunities available at the College as a result of the Centre Commitment, which guarantees every student graduation in four years, a research or internship experience, and a study abroad opportunity. With a #1 in the nation study abroad program according to the Institute of International Education, Centre provides a uniquely experiential, globalized education.
Fiske notes that students are engaged locally as well as globally, with 80 percent of students participating in community service through Greek organizations, Habitat for Humanity or the Humane Society. Most students are also highly involved in extracurricular activities, including varsity and intramural sports, campus clubs and Greek life.
Overall, the Fiske Guide lauds Centre’s “safe, bucolic campus, emphasis on academic excellence, and faculty and students who care about forming lasting friendships with each other.”
To find out more about the Fiske Guide, visit www.fiskeguide.com
By Mariel Smith