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

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College has been designated a Tier One National Liberal Arts College for the ninth straight year in U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. Centenary is the only liberal arts college in Louisiana to earn the Tier One distinction, while Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans 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.

“The annual U.S. News report brings well-deserved recognition to the hard work that our students, faculty, and staff do throughout the year,” says Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman. “While it is impossible to capture everything that makes Centenary special in one number or ranking system, the Tier One designation is an important signal to prospective and current students and their families about the College’s ability to prepare graduates to excel in a world in which career fields evolve very rapidly.”

Centenary was also included on U.S. News lists recognizing the most ethnically diverse national liberal arts colleges and top performers on social mobility. Full details are available on Centenary’s Best Colleges profile page.

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.

This recognition is the most recent accolade for Centenary, which was included in the Princeton Review's annual "Best 385 Colleges" list released in August 2019. Centenary also ranks first in the nation among undergraduate baccalaureate colleges in the percentage of students who have completed an international educational experience, as documented in the 2018 Open Doors report produced by the Institute of International Education.