Centre College, located in Danville, Kentucky, was founded in 1819 by the Presbyterian church. The school is a top liberal arts college, operating privately and conferring only undergraduate degrees. The school is nearly two centuries old, and has its name based on the map of the United States at the time of the founding, where the school would have been located at the approximate center. The school has had many notable graduates and has maintained a policy of rarely cancelling classes, including those that would be cancelled due to federal holiday. This has become a point of pride, and best put through a quote by Dean John Ward “Centre didn't cancel classes during parts of the Civil War, we're not cancelling them now.”
Centre College is a liberal arts institution based upon a foundation of Presbyterianism. The school is dedicated to providing a well rounded education that allows students of a specific major to experience courses in areas outside of that major's expertise. Graduate's will earn a bachelor's degree upon completion, typically taking four years to complete and involving a mixture of major related courses, general education requirements and the above mentioned cross-discipline electives. Students may also choose to earn a minor degree through the completion of additional courses in a secondary area of study.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Centre College gives weight to individuals who demonstrate academic strength through difficult curriculums and other academic achievements when being considered for admission. High test scores, advanced placement courses, extracurricular academic achievements, and teacher recommendations are used alongside the application for admission and transcripts when considering whether a student will be able to enroll at Centre College. If admitted, the student will be notified and be provided the information necessary to begin their academic career at the school.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Individuals in need of financial need must complete the appropriate aid forms, the most important of which is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), used to determine need, eligibility and awards packages. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Centre accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at Centre College is around 1,400 students. The student body is made up of 100% undergraduate students and 27% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition is estimated to be around $42,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
- Per unit charges are around $1,500 for part time students
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||99%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||99%||$24,010|
|Receiving Student Loans||51%||$6,562|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Centre College may offer services to students including:
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
Centre College has a very high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||80%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||2%|
Centre College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (368)
- Basketball (368)
- Field Hockey
- Football (368)
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Centre College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Centre College.
- Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY (39 miles away)
- Indiana University - Southeast in New Albany, IN (74 miles away)
- The University of Virginia's College at Wise in Wise, VA (131 miles away)
- West Virginia State University in Institute, WV (172 miles away)
- University of North Carolina at Asheville in Asheville, NC (186 miles away)
Also, check out our college lists below, which can help students compare schools to one another:
- Get a list of all the colleges in Kentucky
- Review a list of Kentucky private colleges
- Browse our list of Kentucky liberal arts colleges
- Compare other Kentucky Christian and Bible Colleges
Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Centre College for official up-to-date information.