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Location
Shreveport, LA
Undergrads
673
Tuition
$29,500
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: Its good for what I'm trying to do.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Overall Centenary is pretty famous for their academic program

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very interested and involved with their students and strive to help them succeed. I have been very satisfied with my education so far.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The liberal arts curriculum demands brief stints of immersion in all aspects of study, which is great for the student who has many interests and isn't sure what they'd really like to pursue. However, some of the music degree plans were extraordinarily encumbered, requiring the majority of music students to regularly apply for permission to take more than 18 hours per semester. Other majors felt extended taking 16 credit hours at a time - which happened maybe twice throughout their college career. The workload for some majors compared to others is laughable.

5 College Junior

Academics: Centenary professors are some of the most personable in the country. They take entire classes to lunch and are very welcoming and ones to look up to.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 331st
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 625th
    Best Course Variety
  • 646th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 757th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 811st
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Moss
Hometown
Tucson, Ariz.
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Centenary is small—very small. Most of the classes have around 15 students. Classes tend to be more discussion-oriented than lecture, which makes them much more interesting. While small, intimate classes are fun for discussion and give you a great opportunity to get to know your professor, there are a few drawbacks. For one, if you miss a class, the teacher will notice. Also, if you haven't read, shrinking down in your seat and staring at your open book will not make you disappear.

The academic atmosphere is not overly competitive. Students are more into helping each other out than fighting for a seat at the head of the class. That being said, the top students know that succeeding at Centenary means working hard and basically sucking up to the teachers in your field. Almost all the classes are taught by professors, even the introductory courses. Though the professors make themselves available, they are extremely busy. Some are impossible to track down unless you know their schedule and how to corner them. The interaction between students and teachers is casual, especially with the younger faculty members. One major drawback of a small college is that the course schedule is less diverse than what you'd see at a big university. Because all the professors are teaching introductory courses, the upper-level classes are often offered every other year. Planning ahead is a must when it comes to scheduling. Also, an independent study with a professor in your field is a good way to study specific topics that aren't offered in the course schedule.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
60
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
54
Total FT Faculty
60
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$60,306
Full-Time Retention Rate
69%
Graduation Rate
56%
Programs/Majors Offered
43
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 72%
  • 20 to 49 students: 27%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • High School Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Best Places to Study
Magale Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't plagiarize. Don't cheat. Ever! The Honor Code is serious business.
  • Finish the Centenary Plan as soon as possible.
  • Get involved with an organization right away!
  • Go to class. Teachers will notice if you are not there.
  • Go to office hours. The teachers get bored sitting there all alone! Â
  • If the network goes down, take several deep breaths and try not to panic.
  • Join something! Anything!
  • Know your degree requirement inside and out. Nasty surprises like, "Oh no! I'm missing a 300-level social science and now I can't graduate," are terrible graduation presents.
  • Speak up in class. The teachers love that.
  • Suck up to your teachers. They can provide you with amazing opportunities.
  • Try to finish core quickly.
Did You Know?
  • Because Centenary is a liberal arts college, students are required to take certain classes referred to as core classes. This generally means that you'll be forced to take classes that you have little to no interest in and wouldn't look twice at if you had a say in it. In the end, though, it does make you a better-rounded person to know all about mitochondria when all you want to do is draw. At least that's what they keep telling everyone. Many students take their core classes pass/fail, which means instead of a grade you simply receive a "pass" on your transcript. It's an easy way to get through classes you don't like without seeing your GPA drop.
  • A major part of core is FYE, which stands for First Year Experience. This simply means that you'll have to take English 101 your first semester and an analytical thinking class in the spring. The spring semester class basically teaches you how to think critically and form a good argument. Though most students groan about it the entire semester, it's an incredibly useful class.
  • Centenary requires that all students complete the "Centenary Plan" in addition to the core and major requirements. The Centenary Plan has three parts. One part is community service, which can be lots of fun if you choose to volunteer at a place you're really interested in. Another part of the plan is Career Explorations, which is a short course in which you sketch a resume and do other career-oriented activities. Most students find this portion of the Centenary Plan a waste of time. Finally, the plan also requires that you complete an intercultural experience. Some students go on trips hosted by the College, but those that can't afford a trip stay on campus and take classes such as "Gay Politics."

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