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Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

Extraordinary Academics


Centre College challenges students both in and out of the classroom with rigorous academics and extracurricular opportunities. Students are bound to enjoy a personalized education that’s second to none while engaging themselves in an active, vibrant community. Students also enjoy Centre’s “Southern twist,” a warm and pleasant atmosphere that makes it easy to build friendships and make meaningful connections.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,367 undergraduate students
100% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
125 full-time faculty
13 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 98% of students live on campus

School Location

Danville, Kentucky—35 miles from Lexington, 85 miles from Louisville, and 120 miles from Cincinnati.

Retention Fall 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

86% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 5%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. 19 varsity sports and 15 intramurals.

Other Information

Centre College is a coeducational, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences.

Academic Programs

Anthropology/Sociology, Art History, Art (Studio), Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Education, English, Financial Economics, French, German Studies, Government, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Spanish

More Distinctions

  • Top Fifty National Liberal Arts Colleges (U.S. News & World Report, 2002)

  • Most affordable of the U.S. News Top Fifty National Liberal Arts Colleges (2002).

  • Number seven in percentage of students who study abroad (U.S. News, 2002).

  • Number ten among baccalaureate institutions for study abroad (Black Issues in Higher Education, 2003).

  • Included in the "Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges" (Kaplan, 2004 edition).

  • One of the "Best 345 Colleges" (Princeton Review, 2003 edition).

Friendly and bright, Centre students take initiative in their education, internships, study abroad excursions, and research projects.

Take Charge

Centre offers twenty-seven majors and thirty minors. In addition to traditional majors, Centre opens up the opportunity and encourages students to self-design majors that are right for them. Double majors are common, and Centre offers dual-degree engineering programs with four major universities.


As part of the Centre Commitment, all Centre students are guaranteed an internship, study abroad, and graduation within four years, or Centre will provide up to a year of additional study, tuition-free. Centre is ranked among the nation’s top ten in study abroad percentage, with 85% enrollment across the campus. Semester-long study is offered at campuses in England (London or Reading), France, and Mexico, with exchange programs in Japan, Northern Ireland, and England. A variety of three-week study opportunities are available at other locations around the world, including Italy, Vietnam, Barbados, Spain, and Turkey.


Centre students work closely with professors on collaborative research, allowing them not only to form close working relationships with experts in their fields, but also to play an intrinsic part in the innovative projects that are happening on campus. Participating in joint research projects and publishing their research gives students valuable experience as well as impressive résumé credits.

Small classes, caring professors, and active classmates make Centre a wonderful place to learn. Students grow alongside their friends as they benefit from challenging academics and unique topics of study during the CentreTerm.


Not only are Centre’s teachers among America’s best educated, but they’re also among America’s most involved. Centre professors teach all classes, not teaching assistants who are not yet experts in their fields. They also hold classes in their homes or host academic opportunities in the residence halls, allowing them to get to know students both in and out of class. Centre’s average class size of eighteen allows students one-on-one time with their professors. These friendly, dedicated instructors give students their home phone numbers, stop by and chat in the dining commons, and show up at students’ recitals or soccer matches. Because professors know students personally, they help them stretch to achieve their very best.


The first year at Centre includes a small, non-lecture-format seminar during the three-week CentreTerm in January. This seminar gives students an opportunity to share and experience special interests with professors and classmates. Freshman seminars often include field trips, dinner discussions, and other interesting learning activities.


One example of Centre’s outstanding faculty is Professor Stephen Powell, the internationally known artist whose elaborately colored glass vessels are held in permanent collections throughout the world. Many of his students even go on to succeed in their own glass careers, having benefitted from his long hours of intense, small-group instruction that ensured their mastery of the technical aspects of hot glass. Powell also teaches the business aspect of art and gives his students hands-on opportunities to learn about kilns, ovens, and other equipment that are essential to ceramicists and glass artists. He has secured extensive donations that have made it possible for Centre students to build a thirty-foot anagama kiln that is hand-fired two or three times each year for instructional purposes. Powell has also secured donations for one of the nation’s finest, state-of-the-art hot glass studios in Centre’s Jones Visual Arts Center, which opened in 1998 thanks to the help of supervised student construction.

Diverse and engaging, Centre has a warm and active community that’s second to none. Students can hike with the Outdoors Club, tour with a choral group, or prepare for finals with the Biology Club.

A Welcome Environment

Centre College is located in historic Danville, Kentucky, on a 115-acre campus with sixty buildings, thirteen of which are included in the National Register of Historic Places. The College features athletic, academic, and library facilities that enable amazing collegiate experiences. Nationally recognized for its high quality of life, Danville is progressive, safe, friendly, and perfectly placed as a gateway to the region and the world. It’s called the City of Firsts for its many historical milestones, including the first courthouse in Kentucky as well as the first post office west of the Alleghenies. In 2000, the city helped Centre host the year’s only vice presidential debate.

Active Students

Centre students, 98% of whom live on campus, are bright and friendly people who bring life to their campus community. Centre students are diverse both geographically as well as socioeconomically. They enjoy having fun but are equally serious about their education. Centre students regularly win the nation’s most prestigious fellowships and scholarships, including Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright, Goldwater, and Truman. And, thanks to the College’s vast offerings of ways to be deeply involved in their educations, students can grow as confident leaders. They can also enjoy Centre’s twenty-one varsity teams, about one hundred campus organizations, and more than two thousand events each year.

Leading the nation in alumni loyalty, Centre graduates have unprecedented success in both the workplace and graduate school.

A Excellent Track Record

Centre graduates are motivated and successful, finding amazing success in their careers and advanced study. They have gone on to lead in postgraduate success, with 23 alumni recipients of Fulbright Fellowships in the last ten 10 years alone. Maybe that’s why they’re so loyal—Centre’s alumni giving ranks at 56.7% and within the top 10 in the country.

93% of Centre graduates are employed in their field or doing advanced study within six months of graduation. About half eventually earn advanced degrees; some recent graduate schools attended include Michigan, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Duke, and the British universities Oxford and Cambridge. As one graduate put it, “In law school I have classmates from Yale, Harvard, and other big schools, and I’ve found I can meet or exceed them academically.”

Debt & Earnings Data

Earning a salary after graduation will help you pay back your student loans. Your starting salary will depend on many factors, including major, industry, job, and geography.

The numbers below refer to all majors; you can amend the report below to select a different major and see the impact on earnings.

While starting salary is important, the rate of growth and career progression is equally or more important in calculating lifetime earnings and the payoff of your degree.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,716 Total Applicants 
1,933 Total Admissions 
374 Total Freshman Enrollment

71.17% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 660
SAT Math 570 740
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 26 31
ACT Math 25 30
ACT English 27 33
ACT Writing    

Admission Overview

  • Centre looks for a variety of factors when selecting students for  admission. Two key points are academic performance and extracurricular activities. Students at Centre will find challenging classes and a wide selection of activities; interest and ability in both areas is a big plus.
  • Personalized recommendations are also important.
  • Personalized recommendations are also important. Letters from your teachers and counselors give us a good idea of your strengths and help us determine if Centre is right for you. We use all of this information to make an informed decision.

Application Requirements for first-year students

  • Application for Admission Personal information, high school information, academic interest(s), extracurricular activities, etc. Options include Centre or Common Application paper forms and Centre and Common Application online forms.  
  • $40 non-refundable application fee (sent with Part 1 of the Centre Application or the Common Application) A fee waiver may be requested if your family’s financial situation warrants it and your counselor sends a letter supporting your request.
  • Secondary School Evaluation Form to be completed by your guidance counselor
  • An official transcript of your high school academic record
  • A teacher recommendation completed by someone who has taught you in a college preparatory course in your junior or senior year
  • Score reports of all ACT (including subscores) or SAT-I tests. ACT Code is 1506; SAT Code is 1109
  • An official school report of grades received in courses taken during the first semester of your senior year





Tuition $38,200
Room and Board (on campus) $9,620
Room Only $4,810
Board Only $4,810
Estimated Total On Campus $47,820


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
51% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$24,010 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,562 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Grants and Scholarships: Grants and scholarships are funds that students don’t have to pay back. These kinds of funds can come from the federal government, state agencies, Centre, and local or corporate agencies.

Campus Jobs: Students can work on campus through federal or departmental work-study jobs. Work-study jobs have the benefits of flexible schedules and locations on campus.

Loans: Centre offers federal educational loans for students and parents through the Perkins and Direct Loan programs. To apply, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (also known as the FAFSA) and the Centre Application for Financial Aid. Deadlines are important, so be sure to complete these applications on time.

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