Centre College has once again been distinguished as one of the nation’s most outstanding institutions in The Princeton Review’s selective annual list of America’s “Best 382 Colleges,” 2018 edition.
Being named to the “Best 382 Colleges” is an honor earned by just 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges and universities, and inclusion is largely determined by those who know the colleges best: their students.
The Princeton Review employs a unique, 80-question survey asking students to rate their schools across several areas and report on their campus experiences. The survey process engages 137,000 students at the top 382 colleges in effort to generate a profile of each institution that features ratings and top-20 lists over a variety of categories.
This year, Centre received high rankings in a number of areas, including the #3 spot for “most popular study abroad program,” as well as #11 for both “most accessible professors” and “students who study the most.” The College was also ranked #20 for “best classroom experience.” Additionally, the College was named among the “Colleges that Pay You Back” for its reputation as a top-value institution, with high return on investment.
Centre students surveyed had high praise for the College’s “robust” study abroad program. As one student remarked, “I have already been to Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong, and I will be leaving for Scotland for a semester in the fall.” Eighty-five percent of Centre students participate in study abroad at least once during their four years at the College as part of the Centre Commitment. Also guaranteed are opportunities to complete an internship or research experience, as well as graduation in four years.
Small classes are another a hallmark of a Centre education, allowing for “a huge amount of one-on-one contact.” And perhaps most importantly, students rave about their “excellent” professors.
The review notes that Centre has cultivated a student body full of “passionate,” “driven” and “intelligent” individuals. “You’ll find a large sampling of people here,” and as one student remarked, “Everybody knows everybody, and for the most part, everybody likes everybody. Centre is one big giant family.”
The school is also recognized for its “work hard, play hard” mentality, with students not only dedicated to studying but also getting involved on campus in groups like athletics, performing arts, student government, Greek life and other interests.
The review raves how undergrads appreciate that Centre offers “great financial aid,” as well as a “huge network in terms of postgraduate job search.” An average 97 percent of students are employed or in advanced study within a year of graduation.
Centre College News
August 4, 2017