Centre College has once again been named a “Best Buy” in the annual Fiske Guide to Colleges, placement that offers familiar recognition for the College, as it has made regular appearances in the guide throughout the past 20-plus years.
Distinguished as one of 20 institutions nationally to be included in the 2020 edition—only 10 of which are private colleges—Centre keeps good company on the “Best Buy” roster, joining the likes of Mount Holyoke College, Rice University, St. Olaf College and Vanderbilt University.
Complied by the former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is regarded as the #1 source for discovering more than 320 of the best colleges and universities.
Centre earns its place on the “Best Buy” list due to its emphasis on value and affordability, which is demonstrated through the College’s need-based aid and merit scholarship programs.
Ninety percent of first-year students receive some sort of financial aid and/or merit scholarships, averaging $22,500. Centre’s suite of premier scholarship programs—the Grissom Scholars, Lincoln Scholars and Brown Fellows programs— also offers qualified students “full-tuition plus” and “full-ride plus” opportunities.
In support of the College’s value proposition, Fiske points out that students come for a “well-rounded liberal arts education yet receive plenty of real-world preparation along the way.”
The Centre Commitment didn’t go unnoticed, as the guide noted the College’s guarantee of an internship or research experience, study abroad and a degree in four years. Fiske stated that approximately 75 percent of students choose to engage in an internship, 43 percent perform collaborative research with faculty and 85 percent take advantage of study abroad.
The College’s top-ranked study abroad program was recognized further, highlighting the semester-long programs for students in all majors in nine countries, including China, France and Scotland. In addition, there are several short-term options during CentreTerm, as well as the study-away program in Washington, D.C., that combines coursework with internships.
Fiske goes on to explain how 61 percent of Centre classes have fewer than 20 students. A student described their experience by saying, “My professor took the time to really get to know me and my learning style. Our small class sizes allow professors to really feed off of the energy and needs of the class and make it a more personal environment.”
Another satisfied student shared with Fiske, “By the time I reached my senior year, I felt cultivated as a public speaker, a problem solver and a leader.”
Ultimately, the Fiske Guide acknowledges the overall quality of the Centre experience, supported by the pairing of academic excellence and affordable cost that positions the College among the nation’s best educational values.
by Kerry Steinhofer
July 11, 2019