|Centre receives high marks in best-selling college guide
RELEASED: July 8, 2004
DANVILLE, KYA recently published college guide has many good things to say about Centre College. The 2005 Fiske Guide To Colleges lists Centre as "a "Best Buy." Only 23 private colleges in the best-selling book, which reviews more than 300 colleges and universities, are listed as a "Best Buy."
The Fiske Guide also touts Centre's strong student-faculty relationships, as well as its curriculum, study-abroad opportunities, alumni success and extracurricular activities. Ninety-seven percent of Centre faculty members hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and are noted for working closely with Centre students. The average class size is 18 students and hardly any classes exceed 30.
"Virtually every class is taught by a full professor, and usually a well-experienced and accomplished one at that," says a Centre junior in the book. (No classes at Centre are taught by teaching assistants.)
The guidebook noted Centre's Art and Drama programs as being particularly strong. It also highlights CentreTerm, the College's distinctive three-week January session, which offers students a chance to explore unusual and interdisciplinary topics, such as cloning, leadership, the life and music of Duke Ellington, and baseball in American politics.
Also praised was the College's nationally ranked study abroad program, which offers travels to England, France, Mexico, Japan and Ireland during the semester, and to Vietnam, Cameroon, Turkey and the Bahamas during CentreTerm.
The guidebook touts several of Centre's strong and popular athletic teams including football, men's and women's soccer, track and cross-country. It also praises Centre's Norton Center for the Arts, which brings touring musicals, plays and entertainers such as Ben Folds to campus.
The Fiske Guide also explains that The College Centre, a renovation and expansion of the library and athletic facilities, will add more social opportunities. The $22-million project is to be completed in the fall of 2005.
Centre is the only private Kentucky institution reviewed by the Fiske Guide. Other schools featured are Amherst, Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Yale.
To order a copy of the Fiske Guide call the Centre Shoppes at (859) 238-5370 or visit http://www.fiskeguide.com/.
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