Centre continues to receive lofty rankings across the board
Centre College president John Roush frequently counsels members of the Centre community to enjoy the College’s high rankings, while at the same time taking them with a large grain of salt.
But he also points out that the rankings matter and that “considered collectively…they have substance.”
He goes on to say, “If a school is highly ranked and regarded in virtually all the lists and guidebooks—which make their determinations based on widely varying methodologies—it’s fairly likely that good things are happening in terms of the education being provided to young men and women on that campus. This is the case with Centre College to a remarkable degree. Wherever you look—from Forbes to U.S. News toColleges That Change Lives to the National Survey of Student Engagement—you’ll find Centre among the leaders. Very few educational institutions in America are regarded so favorably by so many.”
In November of 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Centre College the best among all colleges and universities in the South—for the second year in a row.
Following Centre on the list of top educational institutions in the South are Rice University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Washington and Lee, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Rhodes College, and Davidson College.
In August of 2010, Forbes named Centre No. 24 among all U.S. colleges and universities. These rankings included 610 schools from around the country. Centre’s No. 24 spot was the highest ranking of any Kentucky institution, with the next closest-ranked school appearing at No. 210 on the overall list.
U.S. News & World Report
On the 2011 U.S. News & World Reportcollege rankings, Centre maintained its place among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Centre is No. 47 among liberal arts colleges, in a four-way tie with Dickinson, Gettysburg and Rhodes colleges.
Centre remains the highest nationally ranked Kentucky college or university. Centre was also included on the U.S. News “Great Colleges, Great Prices” list, in the No. 26 spot. In addition, Centre is the only Kentucky school on the “Strong Commitment to Teaching” list (where it is in an eight-way tie for 9th).
The Princeton Review
In the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges, Centre once again received a rave review, being praised as a school where “the idea that education should be ‘personal’ is at the core.”
Centre is also one of the 2011 Princeton Review “best value” private colleges.
Centre received an academic rating of 92 (of a possible 99) in the 2011 edition. This was the highest academic ranking of any college or university in the state. The Princeton Review gave Centre a “quality of life” rating of 86 and an admissions rating of 91. “Centre’s small but very capable student body reflects solid academic preparation from high school,” the book says.
National Survey of Student Engagement
In the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, Centre scores higher than institutions of its type and higher than the average for all institutions in each of the five NSSE engagement categories: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment.
Centre was ranked highest in the engagement categories of supportive campus environment, level of academic challenge and enriching educational experiences. This means that Centre exceeded the scores of the other comparison group schools in both the first-year and senior surveys for all three of these categories. For the other two groups, Centre is ranked higher than comparison group schools in either first-year student or senior survey results.
Centre is included in Newsweek’s and Kaplan’s first-ever college rankings, “Finding the Right College for You” guide, which was published in 2010. Centre is listed as the 10th best service-minded school in the nation. (Other institutions in the top 10 in this category include Bryn Mawr, Syracuse, Bates and William & Mary.)
In Washington Monthly’s 2010 liberal arts rankings, Centre is ranked No. 25 on the list of 252 schools around the country.
The magazine rated the schools in three broad categories: “social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”
Service is a way of life at Centre, from the Bonner Scholars Program, which offers scholarships to 10 students each year who demonstrate outstanding commitment to community service, to the community-based learning initiative, which enables professors to integrate community service into their curriculum.