Centre College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Centre College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 73%. Chartered in 1819, Centre College is located in the small town of Danville, Kentucky. The college emphasizes its dedication to undergraduate education with a student-faculty ratio of 10-to-1 and an average class size of 18. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Centre consistently ranks on national lists of colleges which offer significant financial aid. In athletics, the Centre College Colonels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Centre College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Centre College had an acceptance rate of 73%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 73 students were admitted, making Centre College's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 2,457
Percent Admitted 73%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 20%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Centre College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 19% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 705
Math 600 715
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Centre College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Centre College scored between 590 and 705, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 705. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 600 and 715, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 715. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1420 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Centre College.

Requirements

Centre College does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Centre College participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Centre College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 82% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 26 29
Composite 27 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Centre College's admitted students fall within the top 15% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Centre College received a composite ACT score between 27 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Centre College does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many schools, Centre College superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Centre College's incoming freshmen class was 3.64, and over 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Centre College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Centre College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Centre College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Centre College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Centre College, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. if your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that Centre College also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Centre College recommends optional interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Centre College's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Centre College. Most had SAT scores of 1170 or higher, ACT composite scores of 24 or higher, and high school averages of a "B+" or better. The majority of applicants had grades in the "A" range.

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