Instruction began in Old Centre—the College’s first building—in the fall of 1820, with a faculty of two and a student body of five. Classes followed the classical curriculum of the day, including Latin, Greek, rhetoric, and logic. Construction on Old Centre began in 1819 and was completed in 1820 at a cost of $8,000.
We offer more than 50 majors, minors, pre-professional and dual-degree programs, and graduate partnerships. Or design your own major in consultation with your advisor.
Centre students will study abroad, have an internship or research opportunity, and graduate in four years. We back our promise of a deeply engaging and intensely personal education with a guarantee. If you meet regular academic and social expectations, you will complete all three parts of the Centre Commitment, or the College will provide up to an additional year of study tuition-free.
The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) helps students and alumni plan, prepare, and promote their careers. CCPD helps students apply for internships, jobs and graduate school, as well as explore career options and interests.
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The Student Life Office helps meet student needs including residence life and housing, health and safety, community involvement, and campus activities. They are closely involved with students and concerned with their well-being and safety.
Everyone at Centre lives and works as a community. Our residence halls provide comfort, convenience, and safety in an environment that promotes respect and responsibility.Northside’s rooms are large, double rooms arranged in suites, super-suites or pods, offering individual gender-neutral restrooms. The energy-efficient building also features study rooms, kitchens, lounge space, laundry facilities, social space, and low loft-style furnishings, among other amenities. When fully complete, it will offer an outdoor social and study space.
The fundamental mission of the Grace Doherty Library is to provide members of the academic community with access to resources and services that support the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of Centre College.
The staff in the Parsons Center for Student Health and Counseling provide a complete approach to wellness including physical and mental health issues. A Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse, and a Physician’s Assistant are available during regular hours. Physician Clinics are offered four days each week.
The Campus Center serves as the dining and student center on campus. The two-level, 50,000-square foot building was designed for comfort and socializing with informal seating areas surrounding fireplaces and 42-inch flat screen HDTVs.
The first level includes two dining facilities, a large food court featuring made-to-order stations, grab-and-go snacks as well as grilled and fresh fare, a spacious dining room with various-sized tables, two private dining rooms, and bistro seating along the main corridor.
The second level has a game lounge with pool tables and Wii game systems and designated spaces for student organizations.
Sports are popular at a variety of skill levels. If you want to play, we have a team for you. Centre competes in the Southern Athletic Association, a Division III conference (no athletic scholarships). Around 40 percent of students play on one or more of 23 varsity teams. Intramurals are also popular, and teams are open to all. You might even compete against your professors!
Centre has some 87 campus organizations and each year more than 2,000 campus events. You don’t have to pick just one. Since 98 percent of students live on campus, it’s easy to participate and to find a friend to join you.
Centre College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree.
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