Centre jumps to #28 among liberal arts colleges in 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings
Washington Monthly magazine is just one in an ever-increasing list of ranking guides that has distinguished Centre College among the nation’s best schools for an exceptional education at a great value, along with Money magazine, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and Princeton Review.
Named #28 among the nation’s best liberal arts “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges, this is the sixth year in a row Centre has earned a top-50 designation in Washington Monthly’s college guide, with a four-spot increase over last year’s rankings.
The College is also ranked #25 among liberal arts schools for community service for a second year in a row, which comes as no surprise as over 85 percent of Centre students volunteer on a regular basis. For many students in organizations such as the Bonner Scholar Program, Centre Action Reaches Everyone (C.A.R.E.), Greek life and many student-led clubs, service is not just a one-time activity—it’s a way of life.
Centre also excelled in other categories, landing top-50 spots among the rankings for spending on research, the number of graduates who pursue higher degrees, the amount of alumni who serve in the Peace Corps, size and quality of ROTC programs, and federal work-study funds spent on service, as well as service staff, courses and financial aid support.
Washington Monthly’s unique methodology includes rating colleges based on their “contribution to the public good” in three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement. The Centre Commitment offers pathways to success in these areas by guaranteeing an internship or research opportunity and graduation in four years. The College is also a leader in international education, helping students develop into global citizens through the nation’s top-ranked study abroad program, and maintaining a faculty-student ratio of 10:1 for more personal learning.
The report puts strong emphasis on rating colleges by their commitment to helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, an area in which Centre goes above and beyond: ninety percent of first-year Centre students receive financial aid and/or merit scholarships. Centre offers several premier scholarships, including the Grissom Scholars Program, which includes full tuition for first-generation students, and the Lincoln Scholars program, which was created for students who have the capacity and deep desire to change the world. Generous Centre alumni, who are ranked #1 happiest graduates in the nation, have contributed to the success of these programs, consistently landing among the top 10 schools in the nation for annual giving in the past three decades.
Ultimately, this ranking supports the value of the Centre Experience, allowing students to grow into life-long learners invested in giving back to their communities by offering a quality education that remains among the nation’s best returns on investment.
Learn more about the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings.
by Elise L. Murrell
August 25, 2015