Centre College improved in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” ranking, moving up one spot to #44 in the nation. In the process, it extended an impressive streak.
Nineteen out of the last 20 years and 23 times over the last quarter century, Centre has enjoyed special status among the top-50 colleges in America.
“Not just achieving a high level of excellence on a consistent basis but always striving to improve has been and will always remain a top priority at Centre College,” says President John A. Roush.
“We take seriously the immense responsibility families place in us to prepare their students for meaningful lives of work and service,” Roush adds, “and it is gratifying that all barometers of quality continue to recognize this effort.”
In addition to the top-50 ranking in the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” category, Centre earned several additional accolades.
Relying on “the experience and expertise needed to assess academic quality and give prospective students smart direction,” U.S. News created the “High School Counselors’ Top College Picks” listing several years ago. Counselors from 2,200 schools in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are asked to evaluate quality on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).
Centre’s 4.1 rating earned a ranking of #37 in the nation. This is the fifth year in a row high school counselors have rated the College in the top 50.
Also, in the “Programs to Look For” category, Centre is again a “Best College” pick for its study abroad program. While a numerical listing will not come out for several weeks, U.S. News has ranked Centre in the top 5 nationally for many years, a distinction echoed by both Princeton Review and the Institute of International Education. By graduation, an average 85 percent of students have studied abroad, an experience guaranteed as part of the Centre Commitment.
Finally, as a positive indication on the part of Centre graduates regarding satisfaction with their undergraduate education, the College ranked #12 in the nation for alumni giving, based on an impressive 46 percent participation rate.
by Michael Strysick
September 13, 2016