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Diversity: A Very Accepting Place – Centenary college is a very open and accepting place. We have a diverse student population.

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Diversity: Centenary is not very diverse at all. I think we all wish there were more minorities on our campus, because you'll rarely meet anyone who isn't white. It really sucks.

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Diversity: Considering that Centenary used to be an all-white boy's school, the diversity is decent enough, I suppose. The majority of people on campus are white, but I think that lately they've been trying to make the campus a bit more diverse. There is an African American fraternity that was recently started.

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Diversity: Centenary is not terribly diverse. It's almost overwhelmingly WASP-y. Almost all the black guys are consigned to the basketball team, and there are a few Asians scattered about.

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Diversity: Centenary is not very diverse. We have very few minorities here.


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Centenary was once a white, all-male college. While things have changed a lot since 1825, the College still lacks a diverse student body and faculty. The students are still overwhelmingly white, though now the girls vastly outnumber the guys. Most of the African Americans are on the men's basketball team. There is a minority club on campus and an African American fraternity, too. While the College isn't adverse to a diverse student body, Centenary seems to be unable to attract many other people besides white, middle-class students. While most of the student body falls under the middle-class spectrum, there are a few rich kids and several students that are barely scraping by. Almost every student at Centenary receives a scholarship, so students who would typically be unable to afford tuition can get by with loans and work-study programs.

Some of the diversity comes from international students who, while still overwhelmingly white and mostly European, at least bring a non-American perspective to class discussion and student life. Added to the lack of diversity in the student body is an incredible lack of non-white professors. Most students are incredibly accepting of differences, whether it is race, religion, or sexuality. Outreach, the gay awareness organization, has had a few problems with other students messing with their signs, but nothing incredibly serious. The biggest tensions on campus tend to arise when students discuss politics. Though Centenary lacks a diverse population, it seems to be improving, and almost everyone is accepting of differences.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 43%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 12%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 96%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
Centenary is generally accepting of gay students. For such a small school, Centenary has a relatively large and vocal gay community. The student organization Outreach was formed to increase awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and straight issues, and it has had success in getting a lot of members. Some students have protested Outreach events, but they did so anonymously and without much effect.
Political Activity
The student population is divided in terms of politics. There's a pretty even division of liberal- and conservative-minded students, with Democrats edging out the Republicans slightly. While everyone generally gets along, bringing up politics can lead to vocal, heated discussions. Debates between these groups tend to be loud but good-natured. Along with the politically-minded students, Centenary has a healthy dose of people that would register as apathetic if they ever bothered to register at all. Political groups include College Democrats, College Republicans, and Amnesty International.
Economic Status
Centenary students come from pretty diverse economic backgrounds. Most students receive a scholarship, which means that a lot of people who wouldn't be able to afford Centenary are able to enroll. A large majority of students is in the middle- to upper-middle-class bracket.
Most Common Religions
Because Centenary is a Methodist college, Methodism is the most visible religion on campus. A Methodist church, Brown Chapel, is on campus, and services are held weekly. The religion does not dominate campus life, though. If you are not Methodist, you will probably not notice the religious aspect of the College much. There is also a moderate Baptist, Episcopal, and Catholic population. Religious student organizations include: Canterbury House, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Catholic Student Organization, Centenary Women United, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and United Methodist Movement.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Some minority clubs exist, such as Alpha Phi Alpha, but they are not very visible, though it's getting better. Don't come to Centenary expecting an ethnically and racially diverse population. You'll be very disappointed.

Student Polls

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 8 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation
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