Forbes ranks Centre among the best of “America’s Top Colleges”
August 16, 2012 By Michael Strysick, Director of Communications
Forbes’ listing of “America’s Top 650 Colleges,” as #60 among
all colleges and universities in the nation and #14 in the South.
According to the recent Forbes listing of “America’s Top 650 Colleges,” Centre College is once again among the best of the best.
Besides simply appearing on the Forbes list, Centre ranks near the top of this distinguished group, landing in the top 10 percent. Ranked #60 among all colleges and universities in the nation, Centre is also ranked #14 in the Best Southern Colleges category.
Unlike U.S. News & World Report, which ranks liberal arts colleges and national doctoral universities separately, Forbes combines all school types into a single ranking.
Counting liberal arts colleges alone, Centre ranked #31 in the nation and #5 in the South. Among these smaller Southern institutions, Centre keeps company with the likes of Washington & Lee University, Davidson College, the Naval Academy and Sewanee.
“That Centre consistently ranks among the nation’s top colleges is testament, first and foremost, to our faculty. They are the heart and soul of our mission and the single force that continues to attract so many bright and talented students to our campus,” said John A. Roush, president of Centre College.
“Increasingly,” Roush added, “these students are drawn from across the country and the globe.”
According to Dean of Admission Bob Nesmith, Centre’s fall 2012 incoming class is the most racially and geographically diverse group ever, “and with the same exceptional academic profile to which we’ve been accustomed.” The incoming class includes 19 international students, the majority of whom are from China, with one from Vietnam.
Compiled by The Center for College Affordability, based in Washington, D.C., the Forbes rankings “focus on the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates, and low-levels of debt.”
In terms of affordability, Centre remains one of the nation’s best values, balancing academic excellence with opportunity.
While the average cost to attend one of the top 100 colleges in Forbes’ list is $53,773 and the median cost is $55,895, Centre’s total cost this year (tuition and room/board) is $43,800. Only two other institutions ranked above Centre are less expensive, and one (the University of North Carolina) is a large public university.
The Forbes methodology focuses on five categories, each differently weighted: post-graduation success (32.5 percent), student satisfaction (27.5), student debt load (17.5), four-year graduation rates (11.25) and academic success (11.25).
Ninety-five percent of the class of 2011 is employed or attending graduate or professional school, and the average debt at graduation is more than $5,000 below the national average.
In addition, Centre once again counted six Fulbright winners in 2012, one of whom postponed attendance at Harvard Law School to teach in Uganda. Centre also counted its first Boren Scholar, an award that supports undergraduate study abroad in areas deemed critical to U.S. national security.
Other Kentucky colleges included in the ranking are Transylvania University (#186), Berea College (#190), Bellarmine University (#224) and Georgetown College (#324). The University of Kentucky (#410) and the University of Louisville (#541) are the two highest-ranked Kentucky public universities.
The complete Forbes listing of “America’s Top Colleges” is available here.
The complete Forbes methodology is available 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.