DANVILLE, KY -- Centre College opened its fall term with the highest enrollment in the college's history. Centre registered 1,055 students on the first full day of classes, Monday, Sept. 11. That compares with 1,027 students last year on opening day.
The college's prior record enrollment came in 1998, when Centre had an opening day enrollment of 1,053. Centre's average enrollment for opening day during the past decade has been 977 students.
Centre's first-year class has a strong academic profile. Eighty percent of the students ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class, and the median grade point average for the class was 3.83. The first-year class includes 52 Kentucky Governor's Scholars.
Centre enrolled 306 freshmen and six new transfers, representing 25 states and one foreign country. Seventy-two percent of the new students are from Kentucky, including nine from Boyle County, eight from counties contiguous to Boyle and 30 from Fayette County.
The new class divided almost evenly between men and women, with 52 percent female and 48 percent male.
Centre's first assignment for the new class was a massive community service project focused on the Perryville Battlefield Enhancement Project. More than 200 freshmen joined staff and community volunteers to work in Perryville the morning of Saturday, Sept. 9. The students cleaned up an old illegal dump in the Chaplin River, took down a shed across from the old mill on Highway 68, and helped sort tires at the Perryville convenience center so that the rubber can be recycled.
Each year, Centre plans a community service project for the entire freshman class, aimed at helping class members get acquainted while instilling a sense of citizenship. Centre maintains an active volunteer service program throughout the year, involving nearly 70 percent of the student body.
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