Rankings Roundup

Centre President John Roush frequently counsels members of the Centre community to enjoy the College's high rankings, while at the same time taking them with a large grain of salt.

But he also points out that the rankings matter and that “considered collectively…they have substance.”

He goes on to say, “If a school is highly ranked and regarded in virtually all the lists and guidebooks—which make their determinations based on widely varying methodologies—it's fairly likely that good things are happening in terms of the education being provided to young men and women on that campus. This is the case with Centre College to a remarkable degree. Wherever you look—from U.S. News to Forbes to Colleges That Change Lives to the National Survey of Student Engagement—you'll find Centre among the leaders. Very few educational institutions in the U.S. are regarded so favorably by so many.”


Rankings Summary


The Alumni Factor

Centre ranks #11 among 53 Liberal Arts Colleges and #18 overall among 177 Alumni Factor Schools. Centre College is likely one of the best colleges in the U.S. Centre grads simply can't glow enough about their tiny academic gem in the geographic center of Kentucky. (December 2012)

  • Ranked #1 in the nation for "Happiest Graduates"
  • Ranked #2 in the South among liberal arts colleges
  • Ranked #2 in the nation among liberal arts colleges for alumni giving
  • Ranked #3 in the nation among all colleges and universities for alumni giving
  • Ranked #11 in the nation overall among liberal arts colleges
  • Ranked #18 in the nation overall among all colleges and universities

The National Survey of Student Engagement


U.S. News and World Report


Forbes Magazine

Ranked #32 private liberal arts college in the nation and #3 in the South (August 2013)

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly rankings showcase Centre’s commitment to service (August 2013)

Princeton Review

Princeton Review rates Centre among nation's best colleges (August 2013)

Fiske Guide to Colleges

Centre a best college in the nation according to “2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges” (August 2013)

Colleges That Change Lives

“College isn’t just about the end result. It’s also about the means, the process, the path you take to earn your degree, whom you meet, and who inspires and mentors you,” Pope and Oswald write. “To find a life-changing college, you must pay attention to how a college educates its undergraduates.”

Washington Monthly 2012 Centre continues to climb the Washington Monthly's annual rankings of the nation's top 255 liberal arts colleges, ascending from #36 to #35 and marking its fourth year in a row holding a top-50 spot.

Princeton Review 2013 The Princeton Review named Centre one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education on its list of the top colleges in the nation. “Students love this combination of global ... and personal learning [at Centre],” the review says.

Fiske Guide The “2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges” has recognized Centre as one of the best institutions of higher education in the country. The guide touts Centre’s study abroad program, which offers travel options in China (above), England, France, Mexico, Japan and Ireland.