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I love Centre.Quite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I love Centre. It you want a small school that offers a great education and lots of personal attention then Centre is the place for you. The students are bright and the faculty are amazing. The quality of teaching has blown me away. The professors are almost all PhD's and most of their degrees are from very prestigious universities. They take a genuine interest in their students from day one. They don't just learn your name-- they play intermural sports with you, invite you into their homes for dinner, and always have an open office door.

Make no mistake , Centre is tough. Grade deflation is a reality but alums report that the Centre experience prepares you well for jobs and grad school. The Centre Mafia has your back when it comes those coveted jobs and places in grad school. Study abroad is the signature Centre experience because we run our own programs and use our own faculty. The vast majority of students do this and it is often their favorite Centre memory.

Danville is a nice place to go to school because it is small town usa. The locals are friendly and the town has a great relationship with the school. Night life is lacking outside of fraternity parties, but you can always find something to do with friends. The town recently went wet so bars will be a reality this year. Centre is very Greek with about half of the student body participating in social greek letter organizations. The greek scene is also very laid back which makes it less intimidating. Centre is best described as the way college is supposed to be. The students study hard, play hard, and make bonds that last a lifetime. They do it all then go out in the real world to make a name for themselves and their alma mater. :)

3rd Year Female -- Class 2011
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C
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For the first couple years students tend toQuite BrightBiology
For the first couple years students tend to want to transfer to a state school because Centre's policies are really political and self-indulgent. After sophomore year, students tend to figure out what they are good at and get closer to the faculty in their departments, so things tend to work out just fine if you stick with it. The classes are really challenging and take a lot of work--more than one would expect, especially compared to the state schools. There's a motto of work hard, play harder here at Centre and it is taken advantage of to the fullest. The hardest thing to deal with is time management and balancing the social scene with the academic scene. The social scene gets a little old after awhile because fraternity parties seem to be the norm/are the norm. But there are ways to escape the redundancy--escaping to louisville [1 1/2 hours away] and lexington [40 minutes away] is usually your best bet. A student's relationship with the college is usually love-hate and the percentages for either side vary given the time of year.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2007
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Surrounding City: C
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The art department is awesome, except for StevenQuite BrightArt & Design Department
The art department is awesome, except for Steven Powell, the glassblower. He has this exclusive 'good ol boys club' of his glassblowing students that work for him. He is an asshole in class, and it's usually his upper level students who end up teaching. I know large universities have TA's and all, but Centre College is about having a personal education and prides its reputation on a wonderful faculty. I would say take Steve Powell out of the picture and the art department would be a wonderful, harmonious place. And, if you're a 2D or Art History major, you don't ever have to take his class so you can get around him if you wish.

The college prides itsself on being challenging, they like to keep the student body at a B- average, so the professors stick to a curve. I felt like there were several instances when students who worked as hard or harder than their peers became victims of the curve, which is not objective. My major complaint about the college is that I was not graded on my understanding and knowledge, but on that of my classmates. There are lots of very intelligent students at Centre, so this makes life a little tough when you're applying to graduate schools with a b/b- gpa from centre, competing with students from state schools who have 3.5 gpa or higher who might not have been admitted to Centre based on aptitude. I have been fortunate to have WONDERFUL professors! getting rec letters was no sweat - I visited their homes, went on international trips, and got to know them as mentors in the most personal sense. The faculty at Centre is awesome and definatly goes out of their way for their students, even under the constraints of the grading curve. They are also all PhD's with tons of experience, rather than other students teaching students or instructors without english fluency.

4th Year Female -- Class 2007
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Surrounding City: F
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