Magazine names Centre top college in state

August 24, 2003

Centre College is again rated as a top-50 national liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report in its rankings released Friday.

Centre's position at 46th gives it the highest national rating of any Kentucky college or university.

Williams College is the top national liberal arts college. Centre is tied for 45th with Gettysburg College (Pa.) and Rhodes College (Tenn.).

Kentucky schools included in Centre's category of national liberal arts colleges are Transylvania University (in a nine-way tie for 97th), Georgetown College (third tier) and Lindsey Wilson College (fourth tier). In the national university category, the University of Kentucky is in a five-way tie for 107th.

Long known for its extensive international study opportunities, Centre tied for tenth in "most students studying abroad," with Bates College (Maine) and Colgate University (N.Y.). In addition to semester-long programs in England, France and Mexico, Centre offers exchange programs in Japan and Northern Ireland, as well as a wide variety of short-term programs to such places as Italy, Vietnam, Morocco and Istanbul.


Centre ranks 16th for best value among liberal arts colleges.

"We're honored to be in the leadership position for Kentucky colleges and universities in the U.S. News rankings,"said John Roush. Centre College president. "These rankings are just one of a number of measures that validate the ongoing success of our mission; providing extraordinary education for some of the nation's most outstanding young people."

John Ward, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, concurred. "It's always good to have our high national reputation recognized by U.S. News, confirming that Centre's educational program ranks with the best in the country," he said. "Centre's excellent retention statistics, selectivity, loyal alumni support and the respect we are accorded by our academic colleagues, all justify this first-tier ranking."

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