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Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

Extraordinary Academics


Centre College challenges students in and out of the classroom with rigorous academics and extracurricular opportunities. You’ll enjoy a personalized education that’s second to none while engaging yourself in an active, vibrant community. Students also enjoy Centre’s “Southern twist,” a warm and pleasant atmosphere that builds friendships and 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, 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 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 (85 percent). 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 students to get to know their professors better and to learn firsthand from experts in their fields. Participating in joint research projects and publishing their research gives students valuable experience as well as resume credits.

Small classes, caring professors, and active classmates make Centre a wonderful place to learn. Students also benefit from challenging academics and unique topics of study during the CentreTerm…

A Personalized Education

Unique to Centre 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 go on to succeed in their own glass careers. Professor Powell puts in long hours of intense, small-group instruction to ensure that students master the technical aspects of hot glass. Powell also teaches the business aspects of art and gives his students hands-on opportunities to learn about kilns, ovens, and other equipment 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 and then supervised student construction of one of the nation’s finest, state-of-the-art hot glass studios in Centre’s Jones Visual Arts Center, which opened in 1998.

Not only are Centre’s teachers among America’s best educated, they’re also among America’s most involved. Centre professors teach all classes—there are no teaching assistants. They also hold classes in their homes or in residence halls and 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. Centre professors 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.

A student’s first year at Centre will include a small, non-lecture format seminar during the three-week CentreTerm in January. This seminar gives students an opportunity to share a special interest with professors and classmates. Freshmen seminars often include field trips, dinner discussions, and other interesting learning activities.

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 Centre features athletic, academic, and library facilities. 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 and 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 are bright and friendly, with 98% living on campus. Centre students are diverse both geographically as well as socioeconomically. More than 60 percent of those ranked were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduation class. Centre students enjoy having fun, but are serious about their education. Centre students regularly win the nation’s most prestigious fellowships and scholarships, including Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright, Goldwater, and Truman. Centre offers students many ways to be actively involved in their educations, with 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 schools…

A Excellent Track Record

Centre graduates are motivated and successful, and they have amazing success in their careers and advanced study. Maybe that’s why they’re so loyal—Centre alumni giving ranks at 56.7 percent and in the top 10 in the country.

Centre students are leaders in postgraduate awards. 23 Centre students have won Fulbright Fellowships in the last 10 years.

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.”


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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