Southern Living recently ranked Danville, Ky., No. 6 on a list of the 21 Best College Towns in the South for its beauty and relationship with Centre College.
“We’ve selected some of our favorite small towns, some true hidden gems of the South,” said the magazine of its list. “We looked for schools beloved by their fan bases and their alumni, and schools exploring truly exciting academics and research that promise to reach the wider world.”
Defining a small town as a city with a population of 350,000 or less, Southern Living’s ranking also included such notably beautiful locations as Savannah, Ga., Knoxville, Tenn., Oxford, Miss., and St. Augustine, Fla., among others.
The publication called Danville “a cozy haven for the discipline and studiousness of students at Centre,” noting the “picturesque charm” of historic Main Street and the fun dining opportunities the town offers.
Regarding the College itself, Southern Living stated, “Centre is a school that focuses on getting graduates out in the world with a job.” The magazine was impressed with the Centre Commitment that guarantees students will graduate in four years and have the opportunities to both study abroad and complete an internship or research project.
Southern Living also recognized the return on investment Centre students receive, pointing out that 98 percent of Centre alumni have a job or are pursuing advanced degrees within a year of graduating. “It’s no wonder alumni support their college and reportedly give back at the highest rate in the country,” the article stated.
Centre’s place on Southern Living’s list comes on the heels of a bevy of other impressive rankings. Forbes named Centre one of its “Top Colleges,” adding that Centre is No. 5 among liberal arts colleges in the South. In addition, Forbes recognized that Centre alumni are some of the country’s most “Grateful Grads,” ranking Centre No. 40 nationwide for alumni appreciation.
Considering value, Centre was included in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges as a “Best Buy.” Money magazine also recently ranked the College No. 22 in the nation on its list of the most affordable private colleges.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
July 14, 2016