Admissions - Regular

Centenary College offers admission to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion or national origin. The College seeks first-time and transfer students who possess a high-degree of intellectual curiosity, competitive academic backgrounds, refined talents and skills, along with a serious commitment to the pursuit of a liberal arts education. Even though academic achievement and potential receive the most weight in the evaluation process, a student's character, maturity, originality, aptitude, determination, leadership skills, special interests and talents are also important factors in evaluating candidates for admission and scholarship selection.

Requirements: Prior to making the transition to Centenary, students are expected to take college preparatory and advanced coursework in high school. Most candidates for admission have participated in accelerated academic programs, or have enrolled in additional academic units (when available). Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum number of units in certain academic subjects:

First-year may enter Centenary at the start of Fall Semester (August). Transfer students may enter at the beginning of either the Fall Semester (August) or the Spring Semester (January). Admission to Centenary is selective, with applicants being evaluated on strength of academic curriculum, trends in academic grades, standardized test score results (SAT I or ACT), letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, leadership experiences, and a personal essay. Priority consideration for admission space and scholarship funding will be given to those students who submit applications by posted deadline dates.

With the exception of early admission applicants, all candidates for admission as full-time students are expected to have graduated from an accredited high school or have received their General Education Diploma (GED) prior to enrollment at Centenary. Applicants without these credentials are required to provide a transcript or thorough listing of subjects covered, and a reading list of texts may be required. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request that these applicants submit additional standardized test scores and participate in a campus interview. Home-educated students interested in receiving federal financial aid must submit results from the ACT.

The Admissions Committee will only review a 'complete' application, which consists of the following items:

  1. A completed application;
  2. A response to the application essay;
  3. An official high school transcript;
  4. A copy of your SAT I and/or ACT test results sent directly to Centenary, or scores reported on the official high school transcript;
  5. At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor;
  6. A completed Guidance Counselor Form, signed by college counselor or secondary school official.

Materials must be submitted according to the admissions timetable. CA, (2003-04), pp. 16-17; Admissions website (accessed 10/14/2003)