Centre College recognized for faculty excellence and return-on-investment by Princeton Review

by Centre College News

Centre College News
The Princeton Review Best Value 2024

The 2024 edition of The Princeton Review’s guide to America’s Best Colleges recognizes Centre College as one of the best in the country. 

Centre earned high marks in “return on investment” (ROI) for its students, one of 209 schools to earn the “Best Value College” distinction nationwide.

“Everything about the Centre experience helps prepare our students for postgraduate successes,” College President Milton C. Moreland said. “The proof is in the outcomes — 98 percent of our graduates find employment or are enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.

“The success of our alumni is a testament to the unparalleled return on investment made of a Centre education.”

At Centre, more than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. The College is ranked seventh in the nation in merit scholarships. Hands-on learning, from internships to collaborative research with award-winning faculty, prepares students for immediate career readiness in their field of study. Career Exploration Communities (CECs) invite students into industry-specific communities to build connections and grow resources for postgraduate opportunities.

It’s no wonder students continue to report that professors bring curriculum to life: Centre faculty earned high marks (13th in the nation) and ranked 24th in the “most accessible” category. For each, Princeton Review asked students to agree or disagree with the statement, “professors are interesting and bring their material to life.”

“Our award-winning faculty are devoted to the academic excellence that Centre is known for, preparing students for rewarding careers,” Moreland said. “It’s no wonder they continue to receive high marks from their students each and every year.”

The Princeton Review surveyed more than 650 colleges for its annual guidebook, with ROI ratings based on more than 40 data points like cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates and alumni career salaries and job satisfaction.

Rob Franek, Princeton Review editor-in-chief, acknowledged the worries college applicants and parents have about college costs.

“Among 10,800 applicants and parents of applicants we surveyed in February–March for our 2024 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 82 percent said financial aid would be ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ necessary to pay for the degree,” he said.

He also noted the hopes among applicants and parents that their investment will produce a return.

“Asked ‘What would be the main benefit of earning a college degree?’, the plurality (44 percent) of our respondents said, 'a potentially better job and higher income.' We hope our Best Value Colleges 2024 report will be a useful resource for applicants to identify, get accepted at, and get aid from the colleges that will be best for them.”