Washington Post rates Centre among top five institutions for highest study time
Centre students recently made headlines simply for doing what they do best—and more of than most other college students: studying.
In both an article and a post on his College, Inc., blog, Washington Post writer Daniel de Vise praised Centre as one of the top five institutions for average study time among students. Through the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), given to first-years and seniors across the country, students at Centre and other colleges and universities self-reported on how much time they spend studying per week. At each of the five institutions ranked highest for study time, students reported an average of at least 18 hours spent studying per week—significantly more time than the national average of 15 hours a week.
Other schools included in the list were the University of Wisconsin, Sweet Briar College, Washington and Lee University and Kenyon College.
In his blog post, de Vise applauded Centre as a place of “small classes and a tradition of passing the ‘torch of knowledge’.” He reported, “The Kentucky campus has the highest average for freshman study time (20.5 weekly hours) of any school I found.”
De Vise spoke to Natalie Pope ’13 about her usual daily schedule at Centre, and was impressed that she—like many Centre students—makes time to study but also to participate in numerous campus activities.
“‘I usually get up around 5:30 or 6 and spend an hour doing personal writing,’ said Pope, a junior from Louisville. Then breakfast, library and the gym,” the blog post read. “She’s also president of an interfaith organization, and leader of an Arabic language club, and she’s involved in student government, a member of a sorority, and an oboist in the college orchestra. Those things, Pope said, occupy her afternoons. Then, homework from 9 p.m. until the wee hours.”
In both the Washington Post article and the blog post, de Vise singled Centre out for its emphasis on the importance of scholarship.
“Centre College has a campus culture of intense study,” he wrote.