Centre’s incoming class largest and most diverse ever
Centre College welcomes its largest incoming class ever this week, breaking numerous recruitment records once again in the process. Besides being the most diverse in the College’s history, the Class of 2017 is also among the best-prepared academically.
When classes begin on September 2, a total of 378 first-year students and eight transfers will join returning students for an opening enrollment of 1,375. The increase is part of a strategic plan to grow modestly and reach an enrollment of 1,425 students by 2016.
The College’s already strong academic profile also shows signs of improvement. The incoming class has an ACT midrange of 26 to 31, nearly 10 percent are ranked first in their class, and 52 percent are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class.
According to Bob Nesmith, Centre’s dean of admission, “All this good news about the continually rising quality of students that Centre attracts is a testament to an outstanding faculty and the high-quality, high-value proposition Centre offers to students.”
Student diversity has increased as well. Including Centre’s growing international student population, 21 percent of the entering class identify themselves as students of color, 16 percent of whom are U.S. citizens. The 24 new international students, six percent of the overall class, are largely from China, though the number also includes one student each from Vietnam and Myanmar.
Coincidentally, the total number of Chinese students matches the 22 new students who hail from Danville and Boyle County, Centre’s home since its founding in 1819. Kentucky students as a whole make up 53 percent of the incoming class, and the rest come from 26 different states, including an increase of students from the East (24 total) and West (15) coasts.
Unlike the national trend that sees more women attending college than men, the incoming class is nearly evenly divided by gender, with only five more women than men in the class.
As part of the Centre Commitment, entering students are guaranteed graduation in four years, a study abroad experience, and an internship or research opportunity, provided they meet academic and social expectations.
Centre’s newest major in environmental studies also debuts with the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.
By Michael Strysick