Princeton Review names Centre a Best College
August 23, 2012 By Laura Pritchard
best institutions for undergraduate education on its list of the
top colleges in the nation. “Students love this combination of
global ... and personal learning [at Centre],” the review says.
Again this year, the Princeton Review has named Centre College one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Only about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States appear in the 2013 guidebook “The Best 377 Colleges.”
The College also appears on the Review’s 2012 Best Value Private Colleges and Best Southeastern Colleges lists.
Centre received 94 of 100 possible points in its academic rating, and offers “a genuine, personal, practical education in all areas of life.” Professors received 97 of 100 possible points for being interesting and engaging and 98 of 100 points for accessibility. It also received an admissions/selectivity rating of 90 of 100 points.
“We commend Centre College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and author of “The Best 377 Colleges.”
But Centre provides more than quality academics. “Students are taught by ‘extremely passionate and dedicated professors,’” the guidebook quotes one student as saying. “Teachers are ‘kind, supportive, caring and are always available for help outside the classroom,’ and they make ‘an effort to work one-on-one with you if necessary,’” say others.
The Centre profile in the book also includes information about the College’s popular study abroad program, which draws participation from more than 85 percent of students and is part of the Centre Commitment. The profile highlights CentreTerm trips—which take place annually in January—and semester-long options. Trips for January 2013 include Barbados, Borneo, China, Ghana, the Holy Land and Italy. Semester-long programs include trips to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Spain, the Yucatan, China and Japan.
Ultimately, the Princeton Review editors conclude, “Students love this combination of global, local and personal learning.”
To find out more about the Princeton Review’s guidebook of college rankings, “The Best 377 Colleges,” visit princetonreview.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.