One of the most talented and diverse classes in the history of Centre College was all settled into residence halls by Aug. 22, with 359 first-year students from across the globe joined by six transfers. With their arrival, total enrollment now stands at 1,436, among the highest ever.
The class represents 27 states and eight countries, with slightly more than half from Kentucky. In all, the entire student body comes from 43 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 22 countries.
“They are an interesting and talented bunch to be sure—hardworking, smart, diverse, curious,” President John A. Roush said. “My expectations for 2022 are high. We look forward to them changing our lives in the same manner that theirs will be transformed by the College and its people.”
In terms of talent, more than half of the first-year students have a GPA of 3.9 or higher and 16 were valedictorians. Among those whose high school ranks their students, 56 percent were in the top decile and 85 percent in the top quartile. The average superscored ACT composite for the class is 29, with a midrange of 27-32.
And in terms of diversity, 22 percent of the Class of 2022 is comprised of students of color. A total of 25 students identify as African-American, 24 as Hispanic or Latino, 15 as Asian-American and 16 as a combination of multiple racial and ethnic categories.
The number of first-generation students continues to increase on campus as well, especially since the start of the Grissom Scholars Program, which awards a full-tuition-plus scholarship annually to 10 high achieving first-generation students. This year, 21 percent of the 2022 class self-identify as first-generation students.
After accounting for overlap, 33 percent of the Class of 2022 comes from underrepresented populations.
In the “fun fact” category, 43 students speak a total of 19 different languages at home, including Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu or Vietnamese.
As is tradition, the class selected a motto, which this year comes from Henry Ford: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
by Centre College News
September 3, 2018