Centre College sets student recruitment records
May 13, 2010 By Leigh Ivey
degree-seeking student body of about 1,225, an all-time record.
With the May 1 National Candidate’s Reply Date past, Centre College has set a new, all-time recruitment record, having received 363 deposits from first-year students to attend the Danville institution this fall. The College anticipates beginning the 2010-11 school year in late August with a total degree-seeking student body of about 1,225, also an all-time record.
Centre president John Roush said, “These results, achieved during a challenging economic period, are a tribute to the College’s growing reputation as one of America’s leading educational institutions and to the outstanding work of our admission staff. From Forbes—which ranks Centre the No. 1 institution of higher education in the South—to U.S. News to Colleges That Change Lives, Centre is clearly an institution on the rise.”
Each year for the past several years, the incoming freshman class has broken records for academic achievement and diversity. This year is no exception.
The average high score converted to the ACT scale is 28.48, a record at Centre. Last year’s was 28.25; two years ago, the average was 27.75.
Of those with class ranks, 58 percent of the Class of 2014 were in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school class. Last year, this figure was 55 percent.
Thirty-five states are represented in the class, compared to 25 last year—166 (or 46 percent) of these students are from out of state, a record out-of-state enrollment for the College.
The top states are Kentucky (195), Tennessee (41), Ohio (27), Massachusetts (12), and Georgia (12).
For the first year in many, there are 50 percent male students and 50 percent female. Last year, that figure was 44% male.
Fifty-eight (or 16.1%) are students of color or international students. This is the largest number of such students in Centre's history. Seven members of the Class of 2014 are international students, down from 11 last year.
The College enrolled 27 first year men’s and women’s lacrosse student-athletes, and the Admission Office is working with several transfer students at present. Clearly, the addition of lacrosse added to the geographical diversity in this incoming class’s pool.
Overall, Centre anticipates another record class of arguably the highest quantity, quality, and diversity in the College’s history. Ten exceptional new Brown Fellows will be enrolling in the fall, bringing the number of Brown Fellows on campus to 20.