Centre College is still the #1 college in Kentucky and remains among the best in the nation, according to the 2018 America’s Top Colleges ranking by Forbes magazine.
The annual ranking looks at post-graduation success, the student experience, debt after graduation, academic success and graduation rates in making its determination.
Among institutions in the commonwealth, Centre was followed by Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Berea College in the top five.
In addition, Forbes generates a “Grateful Grads” ranking that lists colleges with the “happiest, most successful alumni.”
Believing that alumni donations are a key barometer of institutional success, Forbes looks at median total private donations over the last seven years, along with the annual alumni participation rate for giving averaged over three years.
While Centre came in at #57 nationally in this gratitude index, it earned a #5 ranking in the South among liberal arts colleges, after Davidson, Washington and Lee, Sewanee and Hollins.
However, in the key indicator of alumni participation, Centre was actually #2 in the South (at 36.7 percent), behind only Davidson (at 44.5 percent). Even more, the alumni participation rate was #13 overall among all national liberal arts colleges.
“The extraordinary philanthropy of Centre alumni is an important part of the College’s history,” according to Shawn Lyons, vice president for development and alumni engagement.
“Thanks to their generosity,” Lyons adds, “Centre is able to offer a world-class education with opportunities for study abroad, internships and collaborative research to all qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances.”
by Michael Strysick
September 11, 2018