Centre ranked #42 nationally for strength in academics and athletics
Centre College has long enjoyed recognition as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, a reputation complemented by its unique sports tradition that extends back more than a hundred years. Success in both academics and athletics has earned Centre a #42 national ranking among all Division III schools in this year’s Collegiate Power Rankings.
Calculated by the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) for each Division I, II and III college and university, the Collegiate Power Rankings average student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. This is the ninth year NCSA has ranked the nation’s best collegiate athletic programs.
The Centre College Colonels’ tradition of excellence is often traced back to what has been called the greatest sporting upset of the twentieth century — Centre’s 6-0 victory over then undefeated and #1-ranked Harvard to win the 1921 national football championship. More recently, two of Centre’s last four Rhodes Scholars were varsity athletes, and three other varsity athletes won Fulbright Scholarships in 1996, 1997 and 2000. And over the last two decades, 30 Centre athletes have been named Academic All-Americans and 49 have been named to regional and national All-America teams.
The Colonels compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and field 10 men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports. The total includes new programs in men’s and women’s lacrosse, added during the 2010-11 season. All told, more than 40 percent of all Centre students compete as student-athletes. The College also offers 15 intramural sports in which 80 percent of students participate.
“Our coaches provide outstanding training and guidance. Our dedicated student-athletes come to Centre primarily to be students first, of course, and we give them our best on the field as well as in the classroom,” says John A. Roush, president of Centre College.
Active in college athletics himself, Roush was named Ohio University’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, was a three-time Academic All-American in football and began his career in higher education in 1972 at Miami University as an assistant football coach.
“What our student-athletes learn from competition and study translates to success after graduation,” Roush adds. “We cheer our athletic teams to victory while also giving our students a personal education that provides every opportunity to be prepared for extraordinarily successful lives of work and service.”
Centre is joined in the Collegiate Power Rankings by five other SCAC schools, including Colorado College (#33), Trinity University (#62), Sewanee (#71), Rhodes College (#75) and Southwestern University (#87).