High School Preparation

If you've challenged yourself in high school, chances are you'll be prepared to meet the rigors of Centre's academic environment. Most of our students completed high school programs with honors, advanced, AP, or IB courses.

We recommend the following as a minimum background:

  • Four years of English and writing
  • Four years of mathematics
  • Two years of science (lab courses)
  • Two or more years of one foreign language
  • Two years of social studies
  • Some study in the arts

Competitive applicants will have taken the most demanding courses available at their high schools.

How We Decide

In making admission decisions, we give most weight to quality of high school coursework, achievement in those courses, and teacher evaluations.

Admission Tests. We accept SAT-I or ACT. International students must submit their TOEFL scores. The minimum TOEFL score are 580 paper version, 237 computer version, or 90 Internet version.

Advanced Placement. A score of “4” or “5” on an Advanced Placement Test normally earns Centre course credit. Scores of “3” are accepted on foreign language exams. Read more about the AP Policies at Centre.

International Baccalaureate. For students who have earned this degree, we generally award credit for scores of “6” or “7” on higher level exams. Credit may be granted for scores of “5” or higher on the subsidiary or higher-level exams in foreign language.

Extracurricular Pursuits. Centre's evaluation process places emphasis on steady involvement, leadership, and prominence of organizations and activities in which students are involved. Students should include any work experience on their application as well.

Admission Plans

Centre offers four admission application plans, including two early decision plans, to accommodate varying student needs. For a listing of deadline and notification dates, and required items, please see the Apply to Centre web page.

Early Action. Students who apply by December 1 will be notified of admission decisions around January 18. Admitted students will also receive early notification of merit scholarships (late-January) and need-based financial aid (March).

Regular Decision. Students who meet the regular decision deadline of January 15 will be notified of admission decisions by March 15.

Early Decision 1 and 2. Students who believe Centre is their first-choice college and who are prepared to make an early commitment to Centre may apply Early Decision under either the December 1 deadline (“ED 1”) or the January 15 deadline (“ED 2”). Under either deadline, Early Decision candidates pledge to enroll if they are admitted, provided they receive a financial aid award that makes attendance possible.