In addition to being ranked #46 in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category, Centre College received a number of other important recognitions in the annual “Best Colleges” ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
Centre faculty were particularly honored, earning the distinction of a #9 national ranking in the “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” category. Other institutions in this select, top-10 group include Bowdoin, Davidson, Pomona, Swarthmore and Williams.
“As a college where great teaching is prized,” said President John A. Roush, “I’m especially grateful that our gifted faculty received the recognition that they deserve. Our professors work tirelessly both in- and outside of the classroom to make a profound difference for good in the lives of the talented students who come our way.”
Roush speaks from the perspective of two decades of leadership at Centre, which is set to celebrate its bicentennial in 2019.
“The fact that we earned recognition in several categories is testament to the enduring quality of faculty and staff, as well as the generosity of our many donors, all of whom help this institution continue to move from strength to strength.”
Besides academic excellence, Centre was also lauded as a “best value” with a #31 ranking in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. The methodology looks at three variables: ratio of quality to price, percentage of students receiving need-based aid and average discount rate.
For the first time ever, Centre was included in the “Most Innovative Schools” category, ranked #28 in the nation. The criteria for consideration involve innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.
High school counselors also ranked Centre highly in the “Top College Picks” category, and here Centre improved considerably, moving from #47 in the nation last year to #38 this year. U.S. News added this category several years ago, since counselors have “the experience and expertise needed to assess academic quality and give prospective students smart direction.”
And as another positive endorsement, Centre held steady at #12 in the nation for alumni giving. Donations to one’s alma mater are seen as one of the best measures of institutional strength.
Among colleges in the region, only Davidson, Washington and Lee, and Richmond were ranked higher, earning Centre a #4 ranking in the South.
U.S. News has ranked Centre College in the top 50 for 22 of the last 23 years, and all but four years in its entire ranking, which dates back to 1983.
by Michael Strysick
September 10, 2018