Centre continues to be regarded as best value
RELEASED: March 26, 2009
DANVILLE, KY—Centre College appears on the recently published list of "20 Colleges Worth the Price" by the news Web site The Daily Beast. Click here to see the entire list.
Centre continues to appear as a best value on many national lists and rankings. Acknowledging its intention to provide an alternative to U.S. News, Forbes introduced its “America’s Best Colleges” last year. Rather than subdividing its list into various types of institutions, Forbes chose to create only one grouping based on the following rationale:
“When choosing a college, prospective students ultimately select only one, meaning that all undergraduate institutions are competing with one another for students. It is not as though a high school senior selects one large, public school and one small, private school. The senior picks only one, and our ranking reflects that decision process.”
Thus, in addition to being measured against Amherst, Swarthmore, and Williams, Centre was grouped with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Stanford and a host of other universities.
The result? Forbes ranked Centre 13th among all U.S. colleges and universities – four slots behind Yale, one above MIT and 10 above Stanford.
Unlike U.S. News which largely measures inputs such as reputation and resources, Forbes focused on the experience and outcomes of students and used such measures as listings of alumni in Who’s Who in America, Web-based professor rankings, the amount of student debt at graduation, the percentage graduating in four years, and the percentage of students or faculty who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships, Fulbright Awards, or Nobel Prizes.
The magazine noted that Centre was in the top 10 percent of schools on all criteria and followed up its Best Colleges list with an online article (http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008/08/28/centre-college-kentucky-oped-college08-cx_hra_0829centre.html) that focuses exclusively on the College.
Centre was the only institution among the nearly 600 schools that were ranked to be featured in a profile article. After a visit to campus, opinions editor Hana Alberts wrote, “Centre has proved to be one of the best schools in the country, thanks to a philosophy that produces well-rounded grads and prizes intellectual curiosity. Administrators emphasize intimate student-faculty relationships – and nurse a fiercely loyal alumni community.” Alberts concluded her article by noting that, “Far from Danville, people are taking note of Centre’s success...And students are starting to see that top jobs and Ivy League graduate schools are within their grasp.”
OTHER CENTRE RANKINGS
Consumers Digest: #1 value in the nation among private liberal arts colleges (June 2008)
US News: #45 among national liberal arts colleges (tie with Dickinson)
Princeton Review 368 Best Colleges: highest academic and selectivity ratings of any Kentucky institution represented
Colleges That Change Lives: “No university faculty compares with Centre’s in the impact it has on the growth of young minds and personalities.”
National Survey of Student Engagement: In four of five engagement categories (or "benchmarks"), Centre students' scores were higher than the average of the "high-performing institutions," defined as schools with benchmark ratings in the top 10 percent of all NSSE institutions in the United States. Centre was ranked highest in the engagement category of Enriching Educational Experience, which means Centre students find rewarding learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
Kiplinger’s magazine: #30 in value among all U.S. private liberal arts colleges (April 2008)
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2009: highest academic rating of any Kentucky institution represented. “…unparalleled closeness between students and faculty.”
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Consumers Digest ranks Centre No. 1 in educational value among all U.S. liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/
For news archives go to http://www.centre.edu/web/news/newsarchive.html.
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