Introducing the Class of 2019 by the numbers
Centre College welcomed one of its largest incoming classes at the start of the academic year, adding to the roster 374 first-year students from across the globe who not only prove to be record-setting in quantity but equally as impressive when considering quality.
Any way you slice it, the Class of 2019 is among the most notable classes to enroll in the College’s near 200-year history. Breaking recruitment records and resisting barriers, these first-year students uniquely demonstrate that they are anything but “a number”—in fact, their potential to impact the world for good at Centre and beyond is immeasurable.
Number of first-year students: Three-hundred and seventy-four first-years joined returning students for an opening enrollment of 1,373 at the start of the academic year. This increase is part of the College’s strategic plan for modest growth.
Of the incoming class, 202 are men and 172 are women. Incidentally, the most popular name, male or female, among the Class of 2019 is “Emily.” Among males, “Jacob” and “Will” lead the pack.
Nations and states represented: A little more than half of the Class of 2019 hails from the Commonwealth (55 percent), while 28 other states are represented by 37 percent of first-year students who made the trek to Kentucky.
The remaining 8 percent of the class arrived from overseas, and our 30 new degree-seeking international students include students from Canada, China, Germany and Vietnam.
Academic profile: Centre’s academic reputation is strengthened with the addition of the Class of 2019, which collectively represents an ACT midrange of 26 to 31 and a median of 29. Among those reporting, 12 percent were ranked first in their high school class, and 54 percent graduated in the top 10 percent.
Increasing trends in diversity: Centre continues to enroll greater numbers of students from underrepresented populations. Of the incoming American students, 17 percent represent ethnic diversity, evenly split among African American, Asian and Latino students. In fact, three out of every 10 first-year students come from traditionally underrepresented groups, an increase of 8 percent over last year’s class.
Financial aid offered: Nearly 65 percent of the incoming class received need-based aid, and more than half received merit-based aid, including awards that support achievements in academics, music, drama, foreign language, leadership and community service.
Number of first-generation college students: Seventy-five members (20 percent) of the Class of 2019 became the first in their families to attend college with their enrollment at Centre. This impressive number of trailblazers represents an increase in 29 over last year’s class.
Number of Grissom Scholars: 10. The inaugural class of Grissom Scholars were selected from more than 400 first-generation applicants. The program offers high-achieving first-generation college students a full-tuition scholarship and $5,000 in educational enrichment funds.
Number of Brown Fellows: 10. Since 2009, the College has partnered with the James Graham Brown Foundation to recognize academic success at the highest level, annually providing full-ride scholarships and enrichment experiences to 10 deserving students. The program is the premier scholarship and enrichment initiative in Kentucky and one of the nation’s elite fellowship initiatives.
Number of Posse Scholars: Ten first-year students from the Boston area were selected as part of POSSE10. The New York-based Posse Foundation recruits outstanding students from urban school systems in large cities across the U.S. and places them in selective colleges and universities, where they receive full scholarships. Centre has partnered with the Posse Program since 2005.
Number of Bonner students: Eleven first-years will dedicate their four years to civic engagement as part of Centre’s Bonner program, adding to the nearly 21,000 hours of community service that Bonner students contributed last year alone.
Number of former Governor’s Scholars: Thirty-eight members of the Class of 2019 participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program, while five attended the Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts, which is hosted on Centre’s campus.
Number of student-athletes: One-hundred and forty-six first-year Colonels will compete on one or more of 23 varsity athletic teams at Centre as part of the Southern Athletic Association, a Division III conference, joining the 40 percent of student-athletes already on campus.
Students whose parents attended Centre: Seventy-three legacy students followed in the footsteps of family members, carrying on with Centre traditions that have endured for nearly two centuries of generations.
Potential majors: Of the 368 first-year students reporting, the top intended majors for the 2019 class are economics and finance (66 students), biology (48 students), biochemistry and molecular biology (25 students), politics (20 students) and international studies (19 students).
Countdown to graduation: Four years, guaranteed as part of the Centre Commitment, or 1,366 days, as Joseph Hunter VanderToll ’16, president of the Student Government Association, explained during his charge to the Class of 2019 during opening convocation.
“Though you are just beginning your Centre journey, you have 1,366 days until your graduation,” VanderToll said. “That is 1,366 opportunities to make a difference and have an impact on this campus and the world.”
by Amy Clark Wise
September 10, 2015
TIME-LAPSE VIDEO | Representing 29 states and four foreign countries, all 374 members of the Class of 2019 recently gathered for the all-important class photo.