“2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges” touts Centre’s academic strength, faculty, community
August 2, 2012 By Laura Pritchard
as one of the best institutions of higher education in the country.
The guide touts Centre’s study abroad program, which offers
travel options in China (above), England, France, Mexico,
Japan and Ireland.
The guide repeatedly mentions the high performance of and
high standards set by Centre faculty. One student says
professors “expect the best and don’t let students get away
The “2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges” has recognized Centre College again this year as one of the best institutions of higher education in the country. This year’s edition makes special note of the College’s history and tradition and recognizes its strength of faculty and academics.
Published by Edward B. Fiske, a former education editor for the New York Times, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” is a selective, subjective and systematic look at about 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Like entries for past years, the “2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges” praises Centre for its “unparalleled closeness between students and faculty,” noting that the College is “the only independent school in Kentucky with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter,” and “has produced two-thirds of the state’s Rhodes Scholars over the last 40 years.”
In addition, this year’s guide calls history, English, economics, government and anthropology/sociology “the school’s best departments,” and designates Centre as a small college strong in art and drama.
The guide also touts Centre’s study abroad program, which offers travel options in China, England, France, Mexico, Japan and Ireland. Eighty-five percent of Centre’s students study abroad—a key component of the Centre Commitment.
The guide repeatedly mentions both the high performance of and high standards set forth by Centre College faculty. One student describes professors as “experts in their fields” who “expect the best and don’t let students get away with less.”
In fact, one student cited in the guide mentions, “Students at Centre have a particular drive. Settling for the bare minimum or average is not an option.”
The guide also points out a “very close and kind” community on campus, which gives students an opportunity to lead and get involved, and concludes that students are “progressive, intellectual and perhaps more well-rounded than their peers at neighboring schools.”
Among other perks about the College, the guide sites ease of scheduling courses, good options for student housing and excellent campus dining, which receives “a hearty thumbs-up.”
Again this year, Centre College is the only Kentucky private college mentioned in the “2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges.” To find out more about the guide, visit fiskeguide.com.
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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.