Princeton Review recognizes Centre among nation’s best colleges

by Matt Overing

Centre College News
Centre College was named in The Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" Rankings.

Professors highlighted as distinguishing mark for College

The 2023 edition of The Princeton Review’s guide to America’s “Best 389 Colleges” recognizes Centre College as one of the best in the country.

The annual guidebook features only about 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges, selected based on data collected from administrators about their institution’s academic offerings, as well as an in-depth 80-question survey asking students to rate their school.

“The environment at Centre College is one that cultivates positive, transformative student experiences like those reflected in The Princeton Review rankings,” Centre President Milton C. Moreland said. “Our class sizes allow for personal connections between students and our top-notch faculty, which helps give students a leg up on the way to rewarding careers.”

Professors took center stage for the College in its rankings: Centre faculty ranked 13th in the country as “Professors Get High Marks,” with students complimenting the quality of instruction they received. Centre professors also ranked 24th nationally for “Most Accessible Professors,” supported by a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio that promotes a personal academic experience.

 One student said that Centre faculty consists of “extremely knowledgeable” professors who maintain “a vested interest in (students’) success.”

“I know that I’ll have connections for internships and jobs for the remainder of my time here and after I graduate,” one student told The Princeton Review. 

Centre’s rankings come on the heels of another recognition earlier this year, when The Princeton Review listed the College as one of the Best Value Colleges for 2023, a listing of 209 schools offering the best Return on Investment (ROI) based on data and surveys of more than 650 colleges nationwide.

“We created our rankings to provide a resource for college applicants that helps them answer what may well be the toughest question in their college search — ‘What’s the best school for me?’” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review and lead author of The Best 389 Colleges“Our selection of colleges for this book reflects our high opinion of the schools. We recommend each one as academically outstanding. Our ranking lists reflect the opinions of the school’s students — their customers — and their reports to us about their campus experiences.”

Centre continues to earn its place on the “best value” list with its emphasis on pairing access with preparation for meaningful careers and lives of purpose. This measure is demonstrated through consistently high graduate outcomes — with an average 98 percent employed or in advanced study within a year of graduation — as well as affordability through generous need-based aid and merit scholarship programs. More than 90 percent of incoming first-year students receive financial aid.