Centre College ranked #4 in the South among liberal arts colleges by Forbes

Posted by Centre News in News, Rankings 31 Jul 2015

Campus Candids 2014Continuing to excel as a national leader in higher education, Centre College has once again received a top-50 ranking in Forbes’ annual list of “America’s Top Colleges,” coming in at #42 among national liberal arts colleges.

According to the report, Centre ranked #4 of the South’s liberal arts colleges and #14 in the South among all colleges and universities. This is the eighth year in a row that Forbes has named Centre a top-15 college or university in the South.

Additionally, the College was ranked #89 overall among the nearly 3,500 public and private colleges and universities in the U.S.

To compile the list, Forbes reviewed 650 schools with criteria focused “on educational outcomes, not reputations,” a factor that distinguishes it from other ranking guides and is increasingly important in today’s age of return-on-investment education.

Developed by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, the methodology measured whether or not students are getting the most out of their college experience and included student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success among criteria.

Centre excelled in all of these areas, illustrating the College’s unwavering commitment to the belief that quality and affordability are not mutually exclusive.

The Centre Commitment, which promises study abroad, an internship or research opportunity and graduation in four years, is a significant reason for student success.

Over 85 percent of students study abroad at least once, supporting the College’s reputation as a leader in international education. A third of students engage in collaborative research, and Centre’s four-year graduation rate far exceeds the national average. Centre graduates are not only the nation’s happiest alumni—they’re successful, too, with 95 percent employed or engaged in advance study within ten months after graduation.

This amazing educational experience is one that the College strives to make accessible to all students. Centre is committed to keeping rising tuition costs at a minimum, holding them to no more than 3 percent annually, as well as increasing financial aid for the 90 percent of students who receive support.

In a separate Forbes ranking titled Private College Financial Health Grades 2015, the College received an A-. More than 900 private-not-for-profit institution’s financial health were measured, using a methodology that included balance sheet strength, operational soundness and certain other factors indicative of a college’s financial health, including admission yield.

See Forbes’ “Top Colleges” list.

Read the complete Forbes methodology.

See Forbes’ Private College Financial Health Grades 2015.

by Elise L. Murrell
July 31, 2015