Centenary College named Top National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College has been designated a Top National Liberal Arts College for the 11th straight year in U.S. News & World Report rankings released yesterday. Centenary is the only liberal arts college in Louisiana to earn the Top Liberal Arts College distinction, while Tulane University, Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, Loyola University New Orleans, and Louisiana Tech University were recognized in the national university category. Colleges ranked in the U.S. News national liberal arts college category emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

Centenary is also ranked #106 out of more than 200 institutions on U.S. News’s “Top Performers in Social Mobility” list. The methodology for this list assesses graduation rates for students receiving federal Pell Grants. Centenary’s interactive profile is available at usnews.com.

“I am very pleased that Centenary has again been recognized for the quality of its liberal arts education that provides such excellent preparation for the rapidly changing world our students will live in,” said Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman. “I am also very happy that the College’s efforts to recruit, admit, and graduate students with significant financial need have resulted in our listing on the Social Mobility Index. Centenary remains committed to being accessible to the widest range of students possible; I am grateful to our many donors, past and present, who have contributed to our scholarship funds.”

The U.S. News ranking system considers data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and other sources to score institutions in several key measures of quality. The overall ranking includes assessments of graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, and alumni giving, among other categories.

Centenary was also recently included in the Princeton Review's annual "Best 387 Colleges" list released in August 2021 and was named a Princeton ReviewBest Value College” in April 2021.


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