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Centre College

Danville, KY
Undergraduate education and teaching are priorities at this liberal arts college in Kentucky, which stands out for its high four-year graduation rate and lower than average price. The college’s “Centre Commitment” guarantees that students who follow an approved academic path will be able to graduate within four years, have an internship and take at least one trip abroad. In fact, 85% of students study abroad, thanks in part to the college’s plethora of short-term trips over winter and summer breaks. The college offers about 28 majors and 35 minors, including an option for students to design their own, plus 14 pre-professional tracks and a dual-degree program in engineering, through which students attend Centre for three years and then go on to the University of Kentucky or Washington University. It also offers a master’s in education in partnership with Vanderbilt University and University of Louisville. For fun, students can choose from more than 85 clubs and organizations, such as the competitive e-sports gaming program, which launched in 2019. The small college can boast of multiple moments in the national spotlight over its history, including hosting two vice presidential debates and beating Harvard’s undefeated football team as a relative unknown in 1921.


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Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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