LIFE AT CENTRE

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We are a residential campus—including on the weekends—so you’ll get to know your classmates well.

Ninety-eight percent of Centre students live on campus, and that feeling of community is often the highlight of the college experience. Centre offers a variety of housing options, and starting on move-in day first-year students begin building relationships as upper-level students, faculty, staff and even the President help them move into their residence hall.

Centre is also a place where important conversations occur. Our Norton Center for the Arts hosted the nation’s only Vice Presidential Debate in both 2012 and 2000. We have speakers, concerts, plays, and athletic competitions almost every day. We also offer numerous leadership opportunities.

Centre is home to a successful NCAA Division III athletics program that boasts of 38 conference championships in the last 5 years.

A DEEPLY ENGAGED COMMUNITY

We have some 87 campus organizations and each year more than 2,000 campus events. You don’t have to pick just one. Since 98 percent of students live on campus, it’s easy to participate—and to find a friend to join you.

students exploring clubs and organizations at Expo 2017

CLUB SAMPLER

Centre students love to be involved. Here are a few options:

  • Best Buddies
  • Centre Pride Alliance
  • Greek Life
  • International Student Association
  • Student Government Association
  • The Cento (newspaper)
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students repairing homes during Alternative Spring Break

BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

More than 80 percent of Centre students participate in community service on a regular basis, including work with:

  • Alpha Phi Omega (national service fraternity)
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Bonner Foundation (service organization)
  • Centre Action Reaches Everyone (CARE)
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students holding candles at a refugee vigil

SPIRITED DISCUSSION

Centre’s Religious Life Office encourages students’ exploration of a variety of religious traditions. Campus organizations include:

  • Centre Christian Fellowship
  • CentreFaith
  • Jewish Student Organization
  • Meditation Centre
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Newman Club (Catholic)
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THE ARTS

42% of Centre students participate in the arts. Centre also hosts 100+ musicians, performers, and speakers each year, and students are encouraged to expand their horizons through internships, work experience, and community-based events.

2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate

NORTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Site of both the 2012 and 2000 Vice Presidential Debates, the Norton Center is the College’s showplace for such top national—and international—acts as Alison Krauss & Union Station, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway musicals, bluegrass musicians Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. Regular series shows are free to students.

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students perform in "The Odd Couple, The Female Version"

DRAMA & PERFORMING ARTS

Opportunities abound for both majors and nonmajors to take part, including:

  • three major student productions—and many smaller shows—each year
  • Centre Singers and other choral groups for men and women
  • instrumental ensembles, including Centre Orchestra, CentreJazz, and the Kentucky Ensemble (a bluegrass, folk, and contemporary alternative country group)
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female student creating a glass sculpture

VISUAL ARTS

Centre’s art curriculum accommodates those who want to begin a career in visual art and those who just want to try a course or two, including:

  • ceramics
  • drawing and painting
  • hot glass in one of the nation’s finest hot-glass studios
  • photography and video
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CENTRE ATHLETICS

With a winning athletic tradition and commitment to academic excellence, Centre competes in 23 intercollegiate sports—11 for men and 12 for women—with 42 percent of the student body participating. The College also offers 15 intramural sports in which 80 percent of our students participate. The Centre Colonels compete in the Southern Athletic Association, recognized as one of the top NCAA Division III conferences in the country.

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Centre’s commitment to athletics can be seen in our continual improvement in athletic facilities. Expanded indoor and outdoor facilities opened in 2016, including a new grass soccer field. Other recent improvements include renovations to the fitness center and new locker rooms.

For more information about our teams, please visit www.centrecolonels.com. Complete an online recruiting form to connect directly with a member of our coaching staff.
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