The “2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges” has recognized Centre College again this year as one of the best institutions of higher education in the country. This year’s edition makes special note of the college’s history and tradition and recognizes its strength of faculty and academics.
Published by Edward B. Fiske, a former education editor for the New York Times, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” is a selective, subjective and systematic look at about 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Like entries for past years, the guide praises Centre for “unparalleled closeness between students and faculty,” noting the college is “the only independent school in Kentucky with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter,” and “has produced two-thirds of the state’s Rhodes Scholars over the last 40 years.”
In addition, the guide calls history, English, economics, government and anthropology/sociology “the school’s best departments,” and designates Centre as a small college strong in art and drama.
The guide also touts Centre’s study-abroad program, which offers travel options in China, England, France, Mexico, Japan and Ireland. Eighty-five percent of Centre’s students study abroad.
The guide repeatedly mentions both the high performance of and high standards set forth by faculty. One student describes professors as “experts in their fields” who “expect the best and don’t let students get away with less.”
In fact, one student mentions, “Students at Centre have a particular drive. Settling for the bare minimum or average is not an option.”