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Centre College: Narrative Description


600 West Walnut St.
Danville, KY 40422-1394
Tel: (859)238-5200
Free: 800-423-6236
Admissions: (859)238-5350
Fax: (859)238-5456
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1819. Setting: 100-acre small town campus. Endowment: $149.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,047 per student. Total enrollment: 1,069. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,604 applied, 69% were admitted. 61% from top 10% of their high school class, 85% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 30 valedictorians, 120 student government officers. Full-time: 1,064 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 5 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 12 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0% 25 or older, 95% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the South. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/15, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,100 includes full-time tuition ($21,800) and college room and board ($7300). College room only: $3700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $785 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 76 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 60% of eligible men and 65% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: CARE (Centre Action Reaches Everyone), Christian Fellowship, College Democrats and Republicans, Student Congress, Outdoors Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Carnival, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,000 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Doherty Library plus 1 other with 217,751 books, 52,512 microform titles, 750 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $811,184. 150 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:

Danville is a prosperous community located on the southern edge of Kentucky's famous bluegrass region. The town has a rich historical heritage. It was the first seat of government west of the Alleghenies, and is also known for its early contributions in medicine, education, and government. Today, Danville is a model in Kentucky and the region as a center for light industry, with more than a dozen major employers. Midwinter days average 35 degrees; midsummer temperatures average 80 degrees. There is sunshine 60% of the time. Transportation is provided by a bus line and three main highways. Danville has fine horse farms, many churches, a library, a Regional Arts Center, bowling alley, fishing, boating, waterskiing, golf, and theaters. Part-time jobs are available.

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