Centre College Fast Facts
For students who attend Centre College, three things are definite: If they want, they will be able to study abroad, complete an internship, and graduate in four years. The school, located in Danville, Ky., guarantees that all students who follow academic and social guidelines will be exposed to each of the three key college experiences. Many students choose to partake in the Centre Commitment, as it is called; for example, more than 85 percent study abroad at least one time. Never traveled outside the country? Centre College will buy a passport for every student who doesn’t have one. Back in Danville, students can check out more than 100 clubs on campus. About 40 percent of students join the school’s popular Greek system, which has a handful of fraternities and sororities. Student athletes can play for the Centre Colonels, varsity teams that compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. There are dozens of performances, from ballets to book readings, on campus each semester, and all full-time students must attend at least 12 per year. All students must live on campus, unless they commute from a parent’s home nearby or are married. A limited number of seniors who apply to move off campus will be permitted to do so. All students are allowed to have cars, which is a good thing for outdoor enthusiasts; without venturing far from campus, students can play frisbee golf at Henry Jackson Park, canoe at Cummins Falls Marina, or explore the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge. Longer car trips will take students to Lexington, Ky., in 40 minutes; Cincinnati in two hours; and Nashville, Tenn., in 3.5 hours.
Centre College offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by the nation’s premier study abroad program. Centre’s personalized approach means that most international study includes at least one Centre professor. / Approximately 85 percent of students study abroad at least once during their four years at Centre. In the Class of 2012, the most recent graduating class, 22 percent spent two terms abroad, while 6 percent managed three terms. Centre offers nine permanent, semester-long residential programs: in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Spain, Yucatan, China, and Japan. Short Term programs in January explore an ever-increasing number of countries; in 2013 students will study in Barbados, Borneo, China, Ghana, the Holy Land, and Italy, among others. There are also summer programs, as well as a formal internship program associated with Centre-in-the-Yucatan. In order that financial need should not prevent study abroad, Centre also offers additional financial aid specifically for international study. / The College considers study abroad to be so integral to a Centre education that it is a component of the Centre Commitment: study abroad, an internship, and graduation in four years’ guaranteed, or Centre will provide up to one more year of tuition for free. (No one has yet claimed the free year, but the internships have helped many students find their first post-graduation jobs.) / Centre’s stellar academic experience (including three Goldwater winners in the last five years) and its exceptional commitment to remaining affordable is made possible in part by legions of devoted alumni. For 31 consecutive years, more than half of living alumni have made an annual gift to the College. / And after graduation? Centre students enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad (Rhodes, Rotary, Fulbright), and rewarding jobs (on average, 97 percent are employed or in advanced study within 10 months of graduation). / Centre is a place where important conversations occur’in and out of the classroom. In 2012, for the second time in a dozen years, Centre’s Norton Center for the Arts will be the setting for the nation’s only Vice Presidential Debate. Even in years without a vice presidential debate, the Norton Center features an amazing array of high-profile arts performances and speakers. Recent visits have featured the legendary Vienna Philharmonic, astounding Blue Man Group, and Nobel prize-winner Elie Wiesel. Be it through master classes with visiting artists or escorting speakers around campus, Centre students regularly engage with the most eminent in their fields.
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Location: Danville, KY
Number of Undergraduates: 1309
Percentage of Black students: 6%
Percentage of Latino students: 1%
Overall 4 year graduation rate: 83.5%
Overall 5 year graduation rate: 85.9%
4 year Black male graduation rate: 57.1%
4 year Black female graduation rate: 33.3%
4 year Latina graduation rate: 100%
4 year Latino graduation rate: 50%
North Lawndale Alumni graduates: 0
North Lawndale Alumni persistence rate (returning to school beyond 4 semesters): n/a
Average % of financial need met: 88%
Estimated cost of attendance: $46,400
Average indebtedness at graduation: $26,700
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Current Alumni who attend Centre: none