Centre College

Centre College


Centre College is a top-50 liberal arts college that attracts bright, highly motivated students from around the country. It’s the kind of school that provides extras (leadership training, real-world preparation for career success, a global perspective) that cause our students to lead the nation in loyalty. Current students will share: a Centre education isn’t just an accomplishment, it’s an experience. Learning both inside and outside of the classroom, collaborating with faculty and other students, and traveling around the world are just the beginning of the uniquely intense and immersive brand of education Centre is famous for. Centre graduates have more than a diploma after commencement—they also boast a global perspective, career experience, and research skills, making them real-world-ready in ways other college grads aren’t. With 97 percent of students employed or in advanced study within ten months of graduation, it’s safe to say that Centre degrees don’t just put extra words on a resume—they put graduates to work.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholars & Leadership Grissom Scholars Program

Available to first-year applicants, the Grissom Scholars Program offers ten high-achieving, first-generation college students a full-tuition scholarship and $5000 in educational enhancement funds to pursue special opportunities such as study abroad, independent research, and academic internships. Grissom Scholars participate in a unique summer orientation focused on personal growth and team building. Each scholar receives personal guidance from the program director and a first-generation peer mentor. Over the course of four years, each cohort of ten student scholars meet regularly for fun activities and personal development. Learn more about Grissom Scholars Program

Scholars & Leadership Brown Fellows Program

In partnership with the James Graham Brown Foundation, Centre launched the Brown Fellows Program in 2009. The initiative is the premier scholarship and enrichment program in Kentucky and is one of the nation’s elite fellowship programs. The program was established as an individualized course of development for outstanding students to build leadership skills through independent study, community service, and experiential learning. Brown Fellows are awarded “full-ride-plus” scholarships and are provided four summer enrichment experiences, around themes of service, research, international study, and leadership, beginning the summer before their first year at Centre.

Scholars & Leadership Lincoln Scholars Program

Lincoln Scholars are exceptional young people who aspire to pursue lives of work and service to change our world for the better. Each scholar’s experience will be an intentional, self-initiated journey toward the accumulation of knowledge and a deep understanding of the human condition. Ten scholars will be selected from each entering class and will receive a full-ride scholarship as well as individual mentoring from the program director and three fully funded summer enrichment experiences.

Academic Advising & Support New Student Orientation

The Academic Advising Office coordinates academic advising and partners with the Student Life Office to implement new student orientation. New student orientation includes summer mailings, basic skills and placement testing, the fall orientation program, and special programs for students during the fall term.

Academic Advising & Support Assistant Dean for Advising

The Assistant Dean for Advising works with students who experience academic difficulty, particularly in the first two years at Centre, and with students with disabilities. Special group and individual counseling sessions are offered; and students are directed to targeted help sessions in particular subjects, to the Writing Center, and to Career Services.

Student Diversity

  • 1,425
  • 49/50
  • 15%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 75%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 7%

Student Success

  • 93%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 86%
    Six-year graduation
  • 68%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 98%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 122
    Full-time faculty
  • 10
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Biology, History, Politics, Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    CentreFirsts (for first-generation college students), Centre Queers & Allies, Chinese Club, Diversity Student Union, Hispanic Society, International Student Association, Japanese Club, Muslim Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $39,300
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $9,950
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $29,415,870
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $34,106
    Average aid package
  • $22,607
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 16%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 60%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 24%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 2,595
    # of applicants
  • 74%
  • 3.63
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 520—650
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 560—690
    SAT Math
  • 540—660
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $40
    Application Fee
  • $40
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 12/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date