Centre College welcomes the record-breaking Class of 2021

Posted by Centre News in News 31 Aug 2017

2021Centre College welcomed the largest group of new students in the history of the College with 403 first-year students in the Class of 2021.

Total enrollment now stands at about 1,460 students, which is also record-breaking. To put this number into perspective, when President John A. Roush arrived at the College 20 years ago, the enrollment number was 1,050.

“Centre’s habit of ‘measured and modest’ growth continues,” Roush said. “What pleases me as much as their number count is that they—together—represent the most academically talented and most diverse class we have ever admitted.”

Of the students in the Class of 2021, 32 reside in nine different countries, but those who call the U.S. home claim primary citizenship in six other countries and secondary citizenship in eight. All together, the class includes citizens or residents from 23 countries on six continents. Additionally, a little more than half are from Kentucky and the remainder hail from 32 different states.

Ten students represent the second class of Lincoln Scholars, a premier scholarship, which serves students identified as having the capacity and desire to change the world.

The number of first-generation students continues to increase, especially since the start of the Grissom Scholars Program, which is a full-tuition-plus scholarship offered to 10 high achieving first-generation students. This year, 20 percent of first-year students self-identify as first-generation students, with a total of 17 percent in the entire student body.

Male students outnumber females with a 51 percent male and 49 percent female comparison. Increasing diversity is also represented among the class, with 31 percent of the students coming from underrepresented populations.

At Centre, whose motto is  “learning is the light of the mind,” the Class of 2021 proves they are ready for the academic challenges their classes will bring. For this class, the ACT score range is 26 to 31, with a median of 29. As a whole, the College’s median test score of 29 sits at the 92nd percentile nationally. For those who came from high schools that report student rank, 62 percent came from the top 10 percent of their class.

“It’s exciting to see the diversity of new faces and new perspectives in the Class of 2021,” Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays said. “Working with each class over the course of four years provides us the opportunity to watch them grow and develop and to see how they will change us.”

With these impressive minds starting their first semester of college, as of now, the top five intended majors among the Class of 2021 are biology, economics and finance, biochemistry and molecular biology, English and creative writing, and behavioral neuroscience.

Beyond the classroom, student-athletes represent a significant number among the first-year students. Fifty percent of men and 37 percent of women are recruited student-athletes, with a total 44 percent of the Class of 2021 competing in 23 intercollegiate sports. Centre also offers 15 intramural sports, in which an average of 80 percent of the student body participate.

by Kerry Steinhofer
August 31, 2017