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I have nothing bad to say about CentreBright
I have nothing bad to say about Centre College. It's a great school with a wonderful faculty and small classes that make the education personal. If you want a great academic education, and only that, it's the place for you to go. Now, if you're looking for any more, look somewhere else. I find myself utterly bored during the weekends, you can only go to frat parties so many times, and lacking real world experience, because I stay on campus all the time. If you can tolerate having nowhere to go and only ever staying on campus, I would recommend this school to you, but if you also want to be a part of the real world, then no.
1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Scholastic Success: A+, Surrounding City: F
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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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