Princeton Review praises Centre for academics, top-notch professors and campus life
August 11, 2011 By Laura Coleman Pritchard
colleges in the nation this year, citing Centre's faculty, campus
and community for its high rating.
Again this year, Centre College has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in America.
The Princeton Review’s annual college guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges,” compiles data and selects the nation’s most academically outstanding institutions for inclusion. While the Review does not numerically rank institutions, it does develop lists of colleges and universities for inclusion in a range of categories.
Overall, Centre received an academic rating of 94 out of a possible 99 — up two points from last year’s rating. Centre’s top-notch professors received high marks from the Review, receiving 98 of 99 possible points for accessibility and 97 of 99 points for being interesting and engaging in the classroom. In fact, Centre’s faculty ranked 20th on the list of schools with excellent faculty, among such company as Reed College, Wellesley College and Kenyon College. And the small, idyllic and easily navigable campus ranked 18th in campus accessibility. Centre was also mentioned on the list of great schools for history majors, among the company of institutions like Brown, Columbia and Harvard universities.
The Princeton Review also gave the college a quality of life rating of 85, calling campus life “active,” and touting “the small picturesque town of Danville” as “very much a college town.” Students said that although Danville is growing, with new restaurants and more activity downtown, “there is so much going on at campus that students don’t ever want to leave.”
According to the guidebook, Centre offers “a genuine, personal, practical education in all areas of life.” The book’s survey of alumni and current students indicates that students maintain high ethical standards in the classroom and socially, athletic facilities are top-notch, the school is well-run and the campus feels safe. One current student stated that Centre “looks toward the future … of our world and the need for students to be prepared for it … Centre has and will continue to prepare me for what comes next in my journey.”
To find out more about the Princeton Review’s college rankings, including further information from Centre College’s profile, visit www.princetonreview.com.
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 24th among all the nation's colleges and universities and has named Centre No. 1 among all institutions of higher education in the South for two years in a row. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, click here.