Centre recognized in new book about “Great Colleges of the South”
March 15, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger
Colleges of the South,” as a premier institution of higher
Recognition can be sweet.
Centre was recently featured as a premier institution of higher education in “Sweet Sixteen: Great Colleges of the South,” a new book written by veteran journalist John Pulley.
The book, which highlights the colleges and universities making up the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), calls Centre “a place of rigor … Centre transforms bright and energetic young people into self-assured leaders.”
“All of us are known in part by the company we keep. So having Centre appear notably and favorably in a book about the very best undergraduate colleges and universities in the South matters,” says Centre President John A. Roush. “The College’s story commands attention, and this book, which we hope will become a staple for students and families looking for highest quality institutions, helps one learn about Centre—a truly outstanding place to pursue one’s undergraduate education.”
Centre is noted in “Sweet Sixteen” for its emphasis on community—which no one values more than the president of the College himself.
“If college presidents were ranked according to the amount of face time they give undergraduates, the ubiquitous President Roush would no doubt top the list,” the book reads.
The book goes on to praise Centre students and alumni for their dedication to success, as well as their love of the College.
“Diversity notwithstanding, Centre’s students do have predominant characteristics,” Pulley writes. “They are bright (sixty percent graduated in the top ten percent of their high school classes) and tremendously loyal (Centre’s alumni have set the national standard for the percentage of graduates who annually give to their alma mater).”
Centre is recognized as a place of excellence and motivation throughout.
“The impulse to strive is embedded into Centre’s DNA,” the book reads. “It may have to do with its being a small institution or the fact that the college doesn’t have a billion-dollar endowment. Whatever the impetus, the college is motivated to make its mark.”
For more about “Sweet Sixteen: Great Colleges of the South,” click here.
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Centre College, founded in 1819 and chosen to host its second Vice Presidential Debate in 2012, is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges, at 42nd in the nation, and ranks 27th for best value among national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 34th among all the nation’s colleges and universities and has named Centre in the top five among all institutions of higher education in the South for three years in a row. Centre is also ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News for its study abroad program. For more, click here.