Information for parents of prospective students

Parents of Prospective Students

Grads at Commencement

The Centre Commitment

Want to ensure that those college bills stop after four years? Choose Centre. Through a guarantee called the Centre Commitment, the College promises that students will graduate in four years—or the College will provide up to an additional year tuition-free. The Centre Commitment also guarantees the chance to study abroad and to complete an internship. Of course, the Centre Commitment is an easy promise to make since it reflects Centre reality. In addition to a high graduation rate, four of five students study abroad at least once, putting Centre in the top 10 of globe-trotting schools (U.S. News rank). And internship locations are as varied as Centre students: recent internships include Fox News, the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, USMC History Division, and the Nature Conservancy. More  

Student in Greece

Centre’s is a Passport to the World

Centre is also your child’s passport to . . . well, a passport. For the class entering in the fall of 2010, Centre will provide—free of charge—a passport to those students who don’t already have one.

This is just another demonstration of our commitment to preparing young men and women for global citizenship. More  

Centre’s Secrets to Success

More than 60 percent of Centre graduates go directly into the workforce, while about 30 percent exchange Centre classrooms for graduate or professional school. A number go abroad—for either work or study—on national fellowships such as Fulbright (four winners in 2009) or Rotary (two in 2009). Why do Centre students enjoy such success?

Student and professor at the piano

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

At many large universities, crowded lecture halls are common. Often, it’s a challenge for students to communicate with their instructors, and the instructors are frequently teaching assistants. Not here. At Centre, all regular members of the faculty—not teaching assistants—lead the classes, and most classes have fewer than 30 students. More  

Invest for a Lifetime

Worried about the cost of a private college? You’re far from the only parents who are. But cost is no reason not to apply to Centre.
Consider these facts:

  • Nine out of 10 of our students receive grants or scholarships to help with the cost of their education.
  • Most of our students—about 60 percent—qualify for need-based financial aid, including plenty of students from middle-class families.
  • Last year the average aid for incoming students was over $21,000, or 60 percent of Centre’s total cost. Grants and scholarships (gift aid) averaged $17,600 per student.

Academic Resources

Centre Resources

Helpful Resources

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Particularly valuable is the “Steps to College” newsletter.

The National Survey of Student Engagement

NSSE gives you information about colleges that you won’t find anywhere else, including the level of academic challenge and the amount of student-faculty interaction.