Centenary 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 tenth straight year in U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. Centenary is the only liberal arts college in Louisiana to earn the Top Liberal Arts College 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.

“More than ever, our society needs the skills that a liberal arts education provides such as creative problem solving, flexibility, and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations,” says Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman. “I am pleased that Centenary has again been recognized as an excellent place to gain these abilities. We look forward to our third century of serving the people of Louisiana and beyond.”

Centenary was also included on the U.S. News lists recognizing the top 100 liberal arts colleges contributing to student social mobility. The methodology for this list assesses graduation rates for students receiving federal Pell Grants. Full details are available online at the U.S. News College Compass.

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 386 Colleges" list released in August 2020.


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