For several consecutive years, Centre College has been listed in The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” book. This year, the Centre has been included in “The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition.” The College was also ranked among the nation’s most popular study abroad programs.
An honor earned by just 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, the schools selected for this listing are distinguished as the nation’s most academically outstanding institutions—and inclusion is largely determined by those who know the colleges best: their students.
The Princeton Review determined the ranking for the 2019 edition based on its surveys of 138,000 students attending the 384 colleges in the book in 2017-18 or the two previous school years. The student survey asked 84 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body and themselves. The format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for comparisons.
Centre’s “robust” study abroad program received high remarks in the review, which cited that approximately 85 percent of students study abroad at least once. CentreTerm programs explore an ever-increasing number of countries. Over the last two years, destinations have included Barbados, Egypt, Ghana, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain and Uganda, among others. In addition, the College offers nine semester-long residential programs: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Spain, Yucatan, China and Japan.
In the guide, a biology major commented, “I have already been to Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong, and I will be leaving for Scotland for a semester in the fall.”
Study abroad is a component of the Centre Commitment, which guarantees an internship or research experience, study abroad and graduation in four years.
The Princeton Review also pointed to Centre’s “work hard, play hard” mentality, referring to the College’s “rigorous academic courses,” in addition to the extracurricular activities provided on campus.
The rankings guide also mentions the diverse student body that is full of “passionate,” “driven” and “intelligent” individuals. Regardless of the cultural and political backgrounds of the students, they tend to be “open minded,” and it’s “very easy and comfortable to talk to just about anyone.” One student even stated that Centre is “one big, giant family.”
Learn more about The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition.
Read more about the ranking methodology.
Centre has also been included in The Princeton Review’s list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
August 15, 2018