2011 Princeton Review applauds the “personal education”
August 5, 2010 By Leigh Ivey
Review, being called a school with personal education at its core.
The 2011 edition of the college guidebook says that Centre
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This week, the Princeton Review unveiled the 2011 edition of their college guidebook, The Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges. In the newest edition, Centre College 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.
The Princeton Review also notes that Centre was recently ranked the No. 1 institution of higher education in the South (by Forbes magazine).
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. “Undergrads at this college can’t simply kick back for four years,” the book says. “According to one knowledgeable senior, ‘The curriculum is hard, and no class is easy.’”
Yet because Centre professors are not only “first and foremost dedicated to teaching” but also extraordinarily approachable (receiving a rating of 97 in this category), “any overwhelmed student can take solace in the fact that teachers always have ‘their doors open.’“
“This accessibility extends even to the president,” the book continues, “who ‘does everything from eat in the campus dining hall to go sledding with students in the winter time.’”
The Princeton Review gave Centre a “quality of life” rating of 86. Centre students, the editors note, “fit the mold of students who both work hard and play hard.” Greek life, which is popular at the College, is a “welcoming scene,” and Centre’s Student Activities Council offers a wealth of other activities each week, from Carnival to study breaks to camping trips to free midnight movies at the local theater.
The book praises the fact that at the College, “every undergrad is fortunate to ‘be able to find their niche.’” A sophomore is quoted who says that the College “encourages students to express their own ideas, faith and orientations while also being open and considerate to other people’s views and beliefs.”
Another student says that at Centre, the vast majority of students are “committed to its coursework” and “dedicated to learning as much as possible.”
The College received an admissions rating of 91. “Centre’s small but very capable student body reflects solid academic preparation from high school,” the book says. It also quotes the College’s admission office, who says that Centre “provides its students with a personal education that enables them to achieve extraordinary success in advanced study and their careers.”