Centre College has once again been recognized for its commitment to extraordinary education at an affordable price. The College was named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016 for the tenth year, ranking #4 in the south and #33 in the nation among liberal arts colleges.
This ranking is one in a long line of “best value” accolades that the College has recently received. Fiske named Centre as a “Best Buy” school, while Money magazine awarded the College a spot among its list of the nation’s top 50 liberal arts colleges that give “the biggest bang for the tuition buck.” Ranking lists from Princeton Review, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report also include Centre among the best educational values in the nation.
“All these best value accolades affirm our commitment to quality and access,” said John A. Roush, president of Centre College. “The continued generosity of our alumni, trustees and friends in support of student scholarships and financial aid will assure this continues long into the future.”
Introduced in 1998, the Kiplinger rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ration and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
Centre’s focus on affordability is among the most generous of any top national college, with 90 percent of incoming first-year students receiving aid. Merit-based awards such as the Grissom Scholars Program, which awards first-generation students full tuition, and need-based aid, allow students to receive an extraordinary education without the fear of crippling debt.
Additionally, the Centre Commitment makes opportunity accessible to all students by guaranteeing graduation in four years, a study abroad experience and a research or internship opportunity to those who meet their academic and social responsibilities.
Recent graduation rates were 82 percent, which far exceeds the national average. Return on investment is also illustrated by the College’s alumni—who are consistently ranked the happiest in the nation—with 95 percent of students employed or in advanced study within a year of graduation.
The Centre Experience also offers personal education with a faculty-student ratio of 10:1. Beyond the classroom, more than 85 percent of Centre students travel the world as part of the nation’s top-ranked study abroad program, preparing them to be global-citizen leaders.
by Elise L. Murrell
December 17, 2015