THE CENTRE COMMITMENT

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Centre students will study abroad, have an internship or research opportunity, and graduate in four years.

We back our promise of a deeply engaging and intensely personal education with a guarantee. If you meet regular academic and social expectations, you will complete all three parts of the Centre Commitment, or the College will provide up to an additional year of study tuition-free.

Centre students will:

  • Study abroad
  • Have an internship or research opportunity
  • Graduate in four years
(graphic) three parts of the Centre Commitment
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Study Abroad Differently

85% of Centre students study abroad at least once, making us a top-three school in the nation. Our faculty go abroad too, allowing them to live on site with you, share their knowledge of the region, and plan trips and activities.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDY—ALONGSIDE YOUR PROFESSORS

Our faculty are Centre’s heart. They nurture the culture of the College—our sense of common purpose and our passion for learning—and they share it enthusiastically with our students. Each year about 16 of our faculty—from disciplines across the academic spectrum—teach their subjects in the context of another culture abroad.

INTERN ACROSS THE GLOBE

During CentreTerm and summer 2017, students interned in China, England, France, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa, and Thailand. From working with a member of the British Parliament to teaching English and music in India to medical work in Latin America, the global internship possibilities for Centre students are endless.

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Engage in an Internship or Research Opportunity

Both internships and research experiences challenge students to go beyond learning about their chosen academic field by “doing” the discipline they are studying in the classroom.

Daniel Hayes '17 working on a bat survey project

THE INTERNSHIP ADVANTAGE

Internships play a significant role in preparing students for success. In fact, most employers offer almost 10 percent higher average starting salaries to recent college graduates who have completed an internship. Not only do internships help you secure higher-paying jobs, they give you real-world experience and allow you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom by “trying on a career.”

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a student observing primate behavior in Barbados

THE RESEARCH CHALLENGE

Centre students are often eager for intellectual challenges beyond the traditional classroom. As they become ready for a new level of discovery, the College provides them the chance to become partners in learning with Centre faculty as well as accomplished researchers elsewhere. Whatever the field, this collaborative work becomes an important bridge to graduate study or jobs after Centre.

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Graduate in Four Years. Guaranteed.

Centre College guarantees you will graduate in four years or the extra year is on us, as long as you meet the College’s academic and social expectations.

Madison Stuart '17 receives a hug after Commencement

WE DELIVER

Centre recognizes how important it is for you to graduate on time. Prompt graduation is a key way in which we give students the best educational value for their dollar. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranks Centre in the top-20 of liberal arts colleges that offer the best value in education. Although the national average time to graduation is five years, at Centre it is four. Not only do most Centre students graduate in four years, they also are able to take advantage of special opportunities such as internships and study abroad in that time.

faculty applauding graduates as they process across campus

HERE’S HOW

  • A top-notch, “one-to-one, from-day-one” advising system that assigns students academic and career advisors before they ever set foot on campus.
  • A small student-to-faculty ratio (10-1) allowing students more personalized interactions with faculty.
  • Faculty members who take great interest in their students, sometimes holding classes in residence halls or inviting students to their homes for dinner and discussions.