DANVILLE, KY—Centre College has maintained its place in the Top 50 national liberal arts colleges in the U.S.News & World Report rankings, released today. Centre is No. 44 among liberal arts colleges, just behind Dickinson College, Franklin and Marshall College and Furman University (the three schools tied for 41st), and ahead of Gettysburg College, Rhodes College and Sarah Lawrence College (tied for 45th).
Williams retains the No. 1 national liberal arts college ranking, followed by Amherst, Swarthmore and Wellesley.
Centre remains the highest nationally ranked Kentucky college or university by a wide margin, and also remains on the U.S. News "Great Colleges, Great Prices" list, in the No. 18 spot.
In the new Debt Load category, Centre was No. 21 among liberal arts colleges for the least debt owed, on average, by students graduating in the Class of 2005.
"We're honored to retain our leadership position for Kentucky colleges and universities in the U.S. News rankings," said John Roush, Centre's president. "The fact that we have such a high academic profile in combination with a low debt load is a tribute to the generosity of our friends and alumni, who provide us with such stellar support.
"Once again, we have a record-breaking freshman class coming to campus next week, and our Campaign For a More Perfect Centre fundraising campaign is rapidly nearing its overall target goal of $120 million. Our outcomes, as measured by the National Survey for Student Engagement, a terrific complement to the data U.S. News measures, are also among the best in the nation."
Other Kentucky schools included in the "liberal arts colleges" category of the U.S. News rankings are Transylvania University (in a nine-way tie for 95th), Georgetown College (third tier) and Lindsey Wilson (fourth tier).
In the "national universities-doctoral" category, the University of Kentucky is in an 8-way tie for 112th (second tier), and the University of Louisville is in the unranked third tier.
For more on the U.S. News rankings, go to http://www.usnews.com/usnews/home.htm.
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