Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $36,580 | $36,580
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $30,528
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Empower Yourself, Serve Others, Change the World

Centenary College of Louisiana, founded in 1825, is a selective liberal arts college offering undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. At this welcoming and spirited campus in Shreveport, Louisiana, students and faculty work together to build a community based on ethical and intellectual development, respect and concern for human and spiritual values, and the joy of creativity and discovery. Consistent with its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Centenary encourages a lifelong dedication to learning and serving others.

Education at Centenary is rigorous and personal, aided by an 8:1 student/faculty ratio, and dedicated professors who guide students through a challenging and creative curriculum, independent research, internships, and numerous global learning opportunities. Centenary ranks #1 among baccalaureate colleges in the percentage of students who study abroad, beginning with the unique "Centenary in Paris" program that sends all freshman to Paris, France to complete their first college course with no additional tuition charge. Many Centenary students take advantage of the "Passport Points" program to support additional international travel.

Centenary offers 22 majors in the arts and sciences and more than 30 minors and special programs, including minors in legal studies and engineering sciences, eight allied health tracks, and programs in museum management and pre-law. The College's TREK program incorporates a common two-course first year experience with later courses exploring Career, Community, and Culture. Students graduate with outstanding preparation to enter their chosen careers or to continue in graduate or professional school. Over the past five years, 90% of Centenary students who apply to medical school have been accepted, along with 80% of those who apply to law school.

Academic and co-curricular programs at Centenary empower students to become leaders in the workplace, the community, the nation, and the world at large. A Centenary education equips students to examine ideas critically, to understand the forces that have influenced the past, drive the present, and shape the future, and to cultivate integrity, intellectual and moral courage, responsibility, fairness, and compassion.

Lagniappe: A Little Something Extra

Centenary's beautiful 64-acre residential campus is located in the heart of the historic Highland neighborhood in Louisiana's third-largest city. Just three hours from Dallas, four from Houston, and five from New Orleans, Shreveport is an economic and cultural crossroads between Texas and Louisiana and offers a unique blend of food, music, and traditions. From the Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras parade that rolls right in front of campus to free movies at the indie Robinson Film Center downtown, life in Shreveport always offers "lagniappe" (in Louisiana, "a little something extra").

On campus, students get involved in more than 60 campus organizations, including student government, music, theatre, community service, advocacy, and Greek life. Centenary also fields  15 teams in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III. The College’s Meadows Museum of Art, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, and Hurley School of Music are some of Shreveport’s most established cultural centers, providing students and the wider community with opportunities to produce and experience outstanding art exhibits, theater productions, and musical performances.

Centenary’s strong connections to alumni and community partners provide numerous opportunities for student service with local non-profit organizations, internships in the business community, and research with local scientists and medical professionals.


Location & Contact

2911 Centenary Boulevard
Shreveport, LA 71104

Ms. Lauren Carlton Hawkins

Associate Director of Admission, Recruitment

Phone: 318-869-5131
Fax: 318-869-5005
Email: lcarlton@centenary.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


61% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied848
    • Accepted524
    • Acceptance Rate61%
    • Enrolled533
    • Female Applicants467
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants381
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.58
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 561 520 600
    • SAT Math 564 510 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 22 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$36,580
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,580
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$13,400
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$30,528
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$28,259
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$14,404
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,501
    • Average Grant Aid:$22,400
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$26,816
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 75%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 23%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students533
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.57%
    • Black or African American16.14%
    • White or Caucasian62.85%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.94%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.19%
    • Two or more races5.07%
    • Unknown or International Student%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students40% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Intramural sports, Residence Life (Centenary Activities Board), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian Leadership Center, Media Group
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Gymnastics No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Gymnastics No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty80
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 527 students to 61 faculty




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