Welcome to the Online Catalog
Welcome to the 171st edition of the Centre College catalog. Founded in 1819, Centre is steeped in tradition, yet always looking to the future. In that spirit, I'd like to direct my comments to the prospective students—the Centre students of the future—reading this welcome.

First, I hope you'll come to campus for a visit. Publications, whether online or on paper, can't convey an adequate picture of a place that might be your home for the next four years.

What will you find when you come to see us in person? The following list, I believe, is a good introductory answer to this question.

Centre is a place where you can:

• Expect the extraordinary on a regular basis. A Vice Presidential Debate on campus is just one example. Our students win the world's most prestigious awards for undergraduates (Fulbright, Goldwater, Truman) and post-graduates (Rhodes, Rotary). Internationally known artists (Mikhail Baryshnikov, Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson) regularly perform at our Norton Center for the Arts.

• Become immersed in an all-learning, all-the-time environment. Centre is an intense total experience that enhances great teaching with a rich array of out-of-class activities (including leadership opportunities, service projects, guest lectures, athletics, arts groups, clubs, and societies) that add enormously to your education.

• Tailor your education to make the most of your particular interests and abilities. All Centre students may choose from a variety of options, including international study, internships, completing two majors in four years or a self-designed major, collaborative research, and comprehensive graduate school preparation and advising. Your custom educational experience will position you to achieve your life's goals.

• Create lifelong relationships. You'll form lifelong friendships with your fellow students and teachers and gain membership in one of America's most active and loyal alumni bodies. The Centre connection is one that lasts for life. This includes our lifetime guarantee of vocational support as well, since our Career Services Office is available to help graduates whenever they need assistance in reaching professional goals.

• Obtain a first-rate education for an affordable price. A top-50 national liberal arts college, Centre is recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and The Fiske Guide to Colleges, among many others, as one of America's best educational bargains.

This sketch gives you a general impression of Centre, but will, I'm sure, suggest other questions about the College. One fundamental question frequently in the minds of prospective students is simply "Will I be happy there?”

While no one can answer this with certainty, I can report that the vast majority of Centre students are extremely positive about their challenging and rewarding experience here. In fact, once they become alumni they express their gratitude to the College by contributing annual financial support at a rate greater than that of any other college or university. Legendary as "America's most loyal alumni," Centre graduates are living proof of the transforming educational experience I have outlined here.

I hope you enjoying exploring the academic offerings described in our online catalog and that you'll take some time to check out the rest of the Centre Web site. I also hope you'll accept my invitation to come to campus for a closer look at a place that promises its students a personal education and prepares them for an extraordinary future.


John Roush
John Roush,
Centre President