About Centenary

Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) and is regularly recognized as one of the top colleges in the South. Princeton Review named Centenary one of the “Best 379 Colleges” and Forbes recognized Centenary as one of the South's "Top 100" colleges for 2014, putting the College in the top 15% of the nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Calling us one of the best liberals arts colleges in the nation, U. S. News & World Report placed the College in Tier One of its annual ranking.

Quick Facts

Enrollment, 2014-15 Academic Year

Total Enrollment 640
Student/Faculty Ratio 9:1
Men/Women 43/57
Louisiana residents 63%
Minority 32%
States represented 28
Countries represented 7
First Year Students 140
ACT (Middle 50%) 22-28
Average Core High School GPA 3.51

Degrees Conferred:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching


See the academics section for more information.


Bachelor of Arts: Art, Biology, Communication, Economics, English, French, Geology, History, Individualized Major, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre. Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Business Administration, Chemistry, Geology, Individualized Major, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Psychology. B.S., B.A. combined degree in Engineering.

Pre-Professional Programs

Christian Leadership Center, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Medicine/Pre-medicine, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration


Centenary employs 62 full-time faculty members. Of those, 94 percent of Centenary's tenure-track faculty hold a Ph.D. or the final degree in their field. The faculty/student ratio at Centenary is approximately 11:1, and the average class size is 16.

See faculty directory.

Special Academic Programs

The Honor System

Students are bound by the Honor System, which is applicable to all academic work. The Honor Code is administered by an Honor Court of student Justices who are elected through nominations from both faculty and students. The Honor System assumes that honor is fostered and sustained only through the willing and earnest efforts of both faculty and students.

The Trek

The Trek offers every Centenary student a three-pronged program of experiential learning exploring Career, Community, and Culture.

Student Life

All full-time students, except those living at home and those seniors 21 years of age or older, live on campus and purchase one of the meal plans offered to residential students through Sodexo Food Service. Staff Resident Directors live in each residence hall and supervise upperclass Student Resident Advisors, who live on each residence hall floor.

Each residence hall room is equipped with two phone lines, two network-access lines, and free cable television.

Religious Life

On campus religious organizations and activities for students include UMSM (United Methodist Student Movement, BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry, CSO (Catholic Student Organization, Canterbury House (Episcopal), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Stepping Stones, an ecumenical Christian worship service, S.A.I.L., (Serve Another in Love) a service organization in which students either learn abut an issue or experience hands-on relationship building with people in need, CWU (Centenary Women United) a bible study for women, Men's Discussion Group, and the RLC (Religious Life Center) open on Friday and Saturday nights for students. There are also Fall and Spring Mission trips and monthly mission experiences around the city.


Member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Sports include: Baseball (M), Basketball (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Golf (M/W), Lacrosse (M), Soccer (M/W), Swimming (M/W), Tennis (M/W), Gymnastics (W), Softball (W), Volleyball (W)

Athletic Facilities:

  • Basketball Complex
  • Baseball/Softball Complex
  • Climbing Tower
  • Soccer Complex
  • Tennis Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Aerobic/Dance Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Weight Area

NCAA Division III: Centenary competes against other Division III schools in volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, cross country, baseball, golf, tennis, softball, and swimming.

Centenary Colors: Maroon and White.

Student-athletes: 43% of Centenary's athletes have an overall 3.0 GPA or higher; 49% of our athletes have a term GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For athletics additional information, see GoCentenary

For members of the Athletic Hall of Fame, see Centenary Athletic Hall of Fame

National Recognition for Centenary

  • "No. 8 Best Value" Among the Best Universities–Master's (By Region) in the South, U.S. News & World Report, "Great Schools, Great Prices.” August 2006, for 2007 Guidebook
  • No. 13 among the Best Universities–Master's in the South, U.S. News & World Report, August 18, 2006, and in Year 2007 Guidebook America’s Best Colleges
  • Among the "The Best 361 Colleges" for 2006-07, The Princeton Review, released August 22, 2006, for 2007 edition
  • Colleges that encourage Character Development, The Templeton Guide
  • "Among the Nation's 150 Best College Values," Money Magazine
  • Top 200 Colleges for Science, Peterson's Guides
  • "Best Colleges," Student Advantage Guide to the Best Colleges, Princeton Review
  • "Among the 87 Best," America's Best Christian Colleges
  • Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for the World's Best Students, Peterson's Competitive Colleges
  • Barron's Best Buys in College Education, Profiles of 247 Colleges, 2007 Edition, and previous editions
  • Peterson's Four-Year Colleges

Alumni Hall of Fame

Induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor conferred by the Centenary Alumni Association. See Members of the Centenary Alumni Hall of Fame

Centenary's Alma Mater

Centenary College of Louisiana's school song is known as the Alma Mater. The words are by James Church Alvord. The verse and chorus commonly sung at graduation and other school ceremonies are:

Where the sleepy, silver bayou
Gleams among the pines,
Watching o'er the throbbing city
Alma Mater shines.

Forward, forward, Centenary—
Time and tide may fail,
But our hearts shall love thee ever—
Centenary, Hail.

For additional information see History of Centenary's Alma Mater.

Equal Opportunity at Centenary

Centenary College is an equal opportunity educational institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national of ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, veteran’s status, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, recruitment or admission of students, scholarships, grant or loan programs, athletic or other College-administered programs, employment procedures, training programs, promotion policies or other related personnel practices. The College follows the guidelines for records established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1974).

The College's designated coordinator for compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and the Internal Revenue Service is Karen Soul, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.