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Reviews 475 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus, VERY FEW exceptions

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town, Danville has some pretty good options for dining if you know where you are looking. A lot of local restaurants are better than you think.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is not overbearing. As long as you aren't being stupid, they will pretty much leave you alone.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not have to apply for my scholarship. The school automatically considered me for it.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are all safe, and the school doesn't overdo it with rules. There are even a mixture of types of parties that are thrown.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For cafeteria food, Cowan really isn't that bad. It has good and bad days. Sandella's and The Grill are decent, but can get old with time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everywhere you live is pretty standard until Junior year. The rooms are all decent, though.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Danville is beautiful, safe, and cheap. There aren't many museums or bars, but what exists is high-quality. For nightlife, I love the Beer Engine! Wish the food was more ethnically diverse, but . . . it's Kentucky. We are way meaner to the "townies" than they ever are to us. Most people seem to like Centre kids just fine.

For sports and shopping, consider Lexington, which is about a 45 minute drive. A lot of kids will get together and go to a UK basketball game or spend the day at the Fayette Mall.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The guys are, for the most part, pretty high quality here. A real-life seven is a ten here, but there aren't too many really funny-looking guys. Most are a little shy but very caring and smart. Guys have all different styles of dress, but it is is a slightly preppier-than-average campus.

Dating is weird here because it's such a small community. If you break up with somebody, chances are they will move in with all your best friends and be in all your classes. A lot of students also dismiss dating as too time-consuming. Others date very seriously, though, and it's said that 1 in 5 Centre grads end up with another Centre grad . . .

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Yes, Centre has strong academics. Yes, you will have an internship and study abroad. The showers are fine.

I've loved Centre because it introduced me to people, ideas and parts of myself I probably wouldn't have found otherwise. Centre has been life a "halfway house" between childhood and adulthood, and I'm really, really grateful for the experience.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm about to graduate and I'm really, really sad about it. I grew so much here. My professors, classes and friends all pushed me to be a better student and person. Can you marry a whole school?

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Centre's Career Services office cares SO MUCH what happens to you, even years after you've graduated. If you're looking for jobs in Kentucky, you're basically set -- we joke about the "Centre Mafia," but it's real. If you're an out-of-state student, it will neither help nor hurt you to have a Centre degree. Your coursework and extracurricular experiences will be much more helpful to you there. But Centre will make sure those things are strong, too!

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: The sororities do great community and fundraising work; the fraternities throw great parties. There isn't much tension between Greeks and non-Greeks, and it's easy to be friends with people across affiliations. Each organization has its "reputation," but it's pretty easy to get a bid from one or another if you go through Formal Recruitment. I think Greek life improves the campus atmosphere and is a great way to get to know people who share your values. Was pleasantly surprised!

4 College Senior

Athletics: Most teams do really well in our division every year, but unless you're an athlete or your friends are athletes, you probably don't know anything about Centre athletics. The gym is high-quality and well-maintained, but athletes do have to share the space with other students. They seem to manage okay, though, 'cause as a school, we perform! I'm proud of all my athlete friends but have only been to one football game ever.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Centre prides itself on being enormously residential, and doesn't like to let people move off-campus. That said, if you wrangle permission, the off-campus housing is pretty good. It's all close to campus, safe, and clean. There's a really good community of students even off-campus. Sometimes students say it's "sketchy," but that just means that there are Danville residents around sometimes. And they're not going to bother you.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many restaurants in downtown Danville, but the ones that exist are all really good and reasonably priced. I wish things stayed open a little later (your choices are pretty much Speedway or Speedway after 11PM), but I've had great experiences in Danville.

4 College Senior

Administration: The "zero-tolerance" drug policy is a sticking point for most students, even the ones who don't do drugs, because being caught with any classified substance (whether on campus by public safety or at home by police) = an automatic suspension or even expulsion. And students who are permitted back on campus and commit a second offense are often simply turned over to the police. Attendance records are well-maintained and you can face penalties for missing class/suspension if you miss a LOT of class. Academic dishonesty will earn you a suspension.

Other than that, Centre's pretty happy to let you make your own choices. If you're underage, put your drink in a solo cup and don't be belligerent; if you're hosting a party, keep the noise at a respectful volume; if you want to stay overnight in somebody else's room, use the appropriately gendered bathroom in the morning and be considerate of the roommate. Many students drink, party and cohabit (even for semesters or years) without getting in trouble. And even if you get caught, the fines aren't absurd. I think Centre just wants us to learn about choices and consequences, which is not such a bad thing.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Centre's system works. I'm a senior, so right now all I can think about really is my pile of student debt, but I got the aid I needed to attend and I don't regret it at all. The Financial Aid office is very helpful.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties are kept mostly to the weekends (and those few students who "party" during the week are usually freshmen and always resented). But we do have them. Every weekend. And they're big.

As somebody who partakes very regularly, I wish the drinking scene were a little healthier. It's pretty easy to stay out of the scene entirely, but once you start, there's definitely an attitude of "if you're going to drink, you might as well drink a lot, because you're going to end up in a fraternity house and nobody wants to do that sober." This is especially true for underclassmen, I think; as you get older and move into apartments, the drinking does tend to become more healthy and laidback.

On fraternity parties -- the rules aren't very well-enforced, and I know a lot of girls feel uncomfortable there. IFC is trying to reform the rules so that sober monitors will actually have to be kinda sober and there are places for people to go if they don't want to hang out in the dark grinding room. For now, though, it's a very typical fraternity experience, in the worst kind of way. It is nice of them to open parties to everybody, though, 'cause I think it keeps the atmosphere a little friendlier than it would otherwise be.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Cowan's a cattle call. You will end up eating the same thing every day. But what you're eating is totally average cafeteria food, and it's possible to eat a balanced meal (or two or three) every day, so it's all good. This year, they changed the meal plans so that we'd all have more flex dollars, but they also made all the flex items more expensive, which was a little frustrating. Sandella's and the Grill ("Everyday Cafe") are both good options. The Grill is open until 1AM every night, which is a blessing and a curse.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I've always loved living on campus, possibly because I never had to live in Nevin. Even as a sophomore, when I had to live in the dreaded "Old Quad" (my roommate and I had the BOTTOM lottery number), I had a good experience. Some buildings are better/newer/quieter/cleaner than others, but you're going to be fine no matter where you end up, and you'll always be close to classes, dining and friends.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There were no special applications, but for my major (BNS) there are many prerequisites that a student has to take early on in order to fit everything in.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love the school because I'm not limited to classes in my major. I can branch out, allowing myself to double major with a minor, rather than being stuck in science.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Just like a stereotypical college, plenty of different ethnicies, looks, and sexual orientations.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a great on-campus police force, and Danville is a safe area in general.

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Centre sells itself as an all-around environment; being more than just an academic powerhouse, the school promotes self-growth through service and community involvement. The progression from freshman to senior can seem like just the change of another four years, but Centre's influence over the students is obvious. Centre graduates emerge as well-rounded leaders, activists, and the prominent who's who of their generation. While the College experience is something few would trade, Centre's best asset is the post-graduation benefits of the Centre Mafia of alumni that help graduates score hot jobs.

As far as the overall experience, it's amazing. Merging a great social scene with academics yields rounded individuals who are smart and fun. Centre is a place that takes away all the boring parts of high school but keeps all the spirit and fun. At Centre, each day is a healthy combination of work and play. Centre C is a few hours of class and homework blended with living with or next to your best friends, that hot crush, and your professors. Centre offers a remarkable experience for the whole person. It's life changing because years after graduation, you'll still keep in touch with your old professors, attend all the Centre events with other alumni in your neighborhood, vacation once a year with your sorority or fraternity friends, return for every Homecoming, and donate back to the College. The experience of Centre College is one that you'll appreciate, at least a little, every day, and each year is a little sadder because it's one year less you will have lived within a community of endless support and lifetime friends. It's the priceless experience.

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