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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Nice and New – The campus has a very neo-classical look to it. Everything is sensibly designed to fit in with the campus layout and the architecture theme. The new buildings don't clash with any adjacent buildings, except Olin. Beautiful, well-kept grounds are complimented by a park style landscape.

All the new buildings are retrofitted with the best amenities available for students and teachers. Some of the older buildings could use some work but they are mainly residence halls.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Vibrant Community – The students and faculty here set it apart from other schools. The community is welcoming and made up of well-rounded and intelligent students. Everyone is very interesting and fun to be around.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The campus is BEAUTIFUL, with tons of trees and old buildings. Plus, the buildings are old in an early 1900's way, not in the disgusting retro way of most colleges and universities. The gym is used by all in the college, including the athletes, so it's very nice and better than most others I have seen. The library is wonderful, the student center is new, and there are a few new living places as well.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I haven't attended any other college so it's hard to compare from an insider's perspective. But in comparing notes with other people, one thing that sets Centre apart is it's small size and the incredible access that gives me to the faculty. Not only that, Centre encourages students to be involved and makes it easy to create new campus organizations if an area of interest isn't already available. I love that Centre is becoming more highly recognized (example: Forbes recently ranked it #1 of all private and public schools in a 17 state area) because when I graduate, my degree from there will mean something in the job market. Finally, Centre allows students to self-design majors, which is what I've done. My major combines Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Development & Justice.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Gym, Labs and Student Center – The gym and labs are pretty fantastic. No, the labs are state-of-the-art, but there is really nothing you can't do there. The gym is wonderful! very clean and the equipment is new and kept up well. The student center was just finished this year and is one of my favorite places to hang out or study.

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The College Centre, the complex containing the athletic facilities at Centre C, has recently been upgraded and remodeled. Sutcliffe now houses a three-court multipurpose recreational gymnasium, a renovated alumni gym, elevated three-lane jogging track, two 30-person classrooms, an 80-person conference room, new student, faculty, and staff locker rooms, a video viewing room, a cardiovascular exercise deck, an exercise/aerobics classroom, two new glass racquetball courts, and 1,500 square feet of lounge space. Sutcliffe isn't the only boss facility Centre has; there are also the athletic fields, which are well-maintained. The more popular amenities, like the Bijou, can be reserved ahead of time with minimal effort.

The library is a great place to study, with private tables and work lamps to study under, but doesn't have the books and information on hand that are needed for higher-level research projects. They will, however, help you with interlibrary loan. The science labs are equipped with microscopy laboratories that provide state-of-the-art instrumentation. There is also an aquatic research laboratory that provides research in marine and freshwater ecosystems, a greenhouse, and a botany laboratory for plant-related studies. The Norton Center for the Arts brings in big-name acts that are almost all free of charge for students, and houses a dance studio and all of the drama classrooms. Perhaps one of the best facilities Centre has is the hot glass studio, run by world-renowned glass artist Steve Powell.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
100 acres
Student Centers
  • The Combs Center a.k.a. The Grille/Warehouse
  • New Student Center being built
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Centre College Library
  • Crounse Hall
Popular Places to Chill
  • Breck Beach
  • The Café
  • Fraternity houses
  • The Grille
  • Old Centre Lawn
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
None, but there are Bowlarama Lanes and Findley's Fun Center near campus.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Hall of Fame Café
Movie Theater on Campus
The Bijou is a fully functional theater. Although it does not play new releases, you can rent out the theater to watch old movies with your friends.
School Slang
  • Ale 8: A pop-like beverage only produced in Kentucky.
  • Breck Beach: The grass lawn outside of Breck that has sunbathers and cookouts when the weather permits
  • Crush: A theme party held twice a year, in the fall and spring, by sororities
  • Derby: A horse race held once a year in Louisville, a great sophisticated party day
  • Dropped Trou: To drop one's drawers, specifically in instances of public urination
  • Facebook: An online service that allows you to post a picture, quotes, and personal information
  • Formal: An event held once a year that involves wild weekend fun for fraternity boys and more demur prom-like dances for sororities
  • The Grille: Lunch hangout on the second floor of the Warehouse
  • Midnight Movie: Wednesdays throughout the school year SAC sponsors free movies at midnight for students.
  • Mint Julep: The official drink of the Kentucky Derby
  • The Mugbook: A Centre-issued book that has face shots of the students, faculty, and staff, along with student phone numbers and dorm residences
  • Northside: The north side of campus including Hillside, Acheson/Calwell, Cheek/Evans, Yerkes, and Cheek Emeritus
  • The Po: Centre's post office
  • The Quad: A grouping of dorms near the tennis courts
  • The Row: The Greek houses
  • The SLO: The Student Life Office
  • Solo Cup: Your best friend on weekends, the cup that houses your alcohol
  • Spooning: Snuggling or cuddling that is akin to the way two spoons stack
  • STA: The Student Activities Council, run by students and an advisor; this club plans campus events.
  • TreNev: Third Nevin
  • Walk of Shame: The walk back to your dorm the morning after a hookup.
  • Wally World: Wal-Mart
  • The Warehouse/The Combs Center: The student center is the place for coffeehouses, sorority parties, and band practices in the basement.
  • C6H0: One of the greatest football upsets of the 20th century was in 1921 when Centre played Harvard in what was supposed to be a routine warm-up game for the Ivy League giant. Centre kicked Harvard's hiney, 6-0. Back on campus, students went crazy writing the now well-known formula on everything from cows to the post office, where it can still be seen today.
  • Carnival: Every spring, SAC sponsors Carnival, a weekend long theme party that features Centre Jam Bands, a Cowan cookout on the lawn, inflatable activities like moonbounce and a foam pit, and culminating in a headlining musical artist/band like Ben Folds or They Might be Giants.
  • The Centre Talent: Started recently, this tradition involves graduating seniors. The day before graduation, seniors give their talent, a small metal token imprinted with the Centre seal, to someone who has been instrumental in their college career.
  • Dead Fred: Fred Vinson was a Centre graduate who went on to become Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Vinson was a great football player, and like many of the other football players, a Phi Delt. To this day, his portrait makes it to every home game and even some of the tough away games. When Centre hosted the vice-presidential debate in 2000, Dead Fred had his own special security credential, and the portrait was the first "person" to be seated.
  • Kissing on the Seal: One of Centre's sweetest traditions involves the campus seal, which is embedded in the brick walkway in front of Old Centre. The rumor goes that if two students kiss while standing on the seal at midnight, then they are destined to marry.
  • Running the Field: This age-old tradition has been under fire by administration in the last few years, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. On Boys' Bid Day, the new members start on the opposite end of the field hockey field and run toward their respective houses. It's typical, although Centre-outlawed, for actives to meet anywhere from halfway to in front of the houses and wrestle them to the ground.
  • Running the Flame: Students started running around this sculpture naked sometime in the `80s and haven't stopped since. Usually, students drop trou around Olin, but braver souls have been known to `run the flame' from Greek Row or even North side. If caught, it's a stiff $100 fine, and DPS has been known to interrogate the runners . . . naked.
Urban Legends
  • Alligators live in the basement of Young.
  • There are tunnels underground all over campus.
  • There is a ghost who likes to mess with the electricity on the third floor of Breck, and the administration refuses to tell the students which room it is because they still let students live there.
  • There is the ghost in Sutcliffe.
Favorite Things To Do
In between classes, you can get your workout on in the 2005-remodeled state-of-the-art gym, play on an intramural team, hit the indoor or outdoor track, shoot some hoops on the court, go watch a live jam band, grab some mochas, volley some tennis balls, hop on the tree swing in front of Old Centre, play video games at The Grille, or just go catch a concert at The Norton Center. Work out or play basketball at Sutcliffe, spend hours gossiping at the Grille, midnight movies, listening to coffeehouse readings and bands at the Grille, watch plays at Weisiger, get convo credits at The Norton Center, do yoga in front of Old Centre, and croquet in the Old Quad.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 10 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 13 responses

  • 69% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 31% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 0% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 44% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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