Centre ranked among nation’s best colleges by Princeton Review

Posted by Centre News in News, Rankings 01 Sep 2016

Crounse campus stock PSOnce again, Centre College has been included in The Princeton Review’s selective annual list of America’s “Best 381 Colleges,” which calls Centre a “personable” place that equips students with “a global perspective.”

14207645_10154579737654875_6250359105523773633_oThe Princeton Review employs a unique system for determining the top colleges in the nation and does not rank them as a whole. Instead, the schools are considered for several top-20 lists in a variety of categories based on the responses of some 143,000 students across the nation who completed surveys about their colleges.

Centre received notable rankings on several of those top-20 lists, including #2 for study abroad, #7 for “most accessible professors” and #14 for “best classroom experience.”

Along with the top-20 rankings, The Princeton Review also rates each college in eight categories, and Centre received glowing grades in these groups as well, including an impressive 98 out of 99 possible points for professor accessibility and a 97 for most interesting professors.

As one Centre student says in the Review, “In just two years, I have had so many amazing professors who have altered the way I see the world in very meaningful and positive ways.” Another notes that the College’s faculty “push you to be more than you ever thought you could be” but that “their demands are worth the work.”

Students quoted in the guide also had much to say about Centre’s study abroad program, which affords them “a world of opportunities.” One student said to the guide, “I have already been to Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong, and I will be leaving for Scotland for a semester in the fall.” Upcoming 2017 CentreTerm study abroad destinations include Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, England, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and the Netherlands.

An average 85 percent of Centre students study abroad at least once during their college careers—and all are promised the opportunity to do so through the Centre Commitment. Also guaranteed are opportunities to complete an internship or research experience as well as graduation in four years.

The College earned a score of 91 from The Princeton Review in both the Academics and Quality of Life categories, speaking to the well-rounded and balanced experience Centre students receive. The student population is full of “passionate, driven and intelligent individuals,” the review notes, who “tend to be open minded.”

Also highlighted by the guide is the College’s admissions selectivity, which received a rating of 89. The Review states, “As Centre’s reputation rises, earning a coveted acceptance becomes more and more competitive.” But success beyond graduation was also of note, as an average of 95 percent of alumni are “employed or engaged in advanced study within one year of graduation.”

The Princeton Review notes that the College’s tight-knit community is what draws many students in. While Centre has “a great national reputation,” one student says, the campus community also feels like “one big giant family.”

The 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges” is The Princeton Review’s 25th edition of the compendium, which has been released every year since 1992. Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the guide.

Learn more about the 2017 Princeton Review Best 381 Colleges.

by Elizabeth Trollinger
September 1, 2016