Centenary College of Louisiana: Narrative Description

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2911 Centenary Blvd, PO Box 41188
Shreveport, LA 71104
Tel: (318)869-5011
Free: 800-234-4448
Admissions: (318)869-5104
Fax: (318)869-5005
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.centenary.edu/


Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1825. Setting: 65-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $109.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8989 per student. Total enrollment: 1,040. Faculty: 115 (72 full-time, 43 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 1,166 applied, 70% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 75% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 57 class presidents, 25 valedictorians, 113 student government officers. Full-time: 880 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 25 students, 40% women, 60% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 14 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 7% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 2% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the South. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview, class rank. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 12/15 for early decision, 12/15 for early action. Notification: 1/1 for early decision, 2/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $23,430 includes full-time tuition ($16,750), mandatory fees ($610), and college room and board ($6070). College room only: $3000. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $560 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $50 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 34 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 25% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramural sports, Student Activities Board, crew, Church Career/Campus Ministries, student media. Major annual events: Fall Fest, Spring Fling, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 619 college housing spaces available; 68 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Magale Library plus 1 other with 186,564 books, 1,454 microform titles, 59,899 serials, 5,945 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $558,681. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Louisiana State University Shreveport.