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Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA


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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. This welcoming and spirited campus in Shreveport, Louisiana is enriched by individuals from many faiths and cultures and emphasizes ethical and intellectual growth and the joy of creativity and discovery. Consistent with its founding as a Methodist institution and its continued affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Centenary promotes the values of compassion, integrity, intellectual and moral courage, and personal and collective responsibility. Centenary College prepares global citizens to live productive lives of vitality and purpose.

Education at Centenary is rigorous and personal, aided by a 9:1 student/faculty ratio, and dedicated professors who guide students through a challenging and creative curriculum, independent research, internships, and numerous global learning opportunities. Centenary , 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 24 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, programs in arts management and pre-law, and a growing list of partnerships with graduate and professional schools. The College's TREK program incorporates a common 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, more than 90% of Centenary students who apply to medical school have been accepted, along with 85% 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.

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 fields 17 varsity athletic teams in NCAA Division III along with competitive cheer and dance with the Universal Dance Association and Universal Cheer Association. The College recently announced the addition of varsity football, with a team scheduled to begin play in fall 2024. 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

Address Office of Admission
2911 Centenary Boulevard
Shreveport, LA  71104
United States
Contact Ms. Lauren Carlton Hawkins
Associate Director of Admission, Recruitment
Phone: 318-869-5131
Fax: 318-869-5005

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Geology/earth Science, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Economics, General Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art/art Studies, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs Interview
One recommendation
Other requirements: Resume

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen December 15th February 15th Yes
Other early decision plan December 15th January 15th
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Tuition & Fees

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Room & board
Room only

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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
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Hispanic/Latino 9.47%
Black or African American 17.95%
White or Caucasian 61.34%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.58%
Asian 2.96%
Two or more races 5.52%
Other 0.39%


Male (43.12%)
Female (51.63%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing Not Reported

Student Activities

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Campus events:
CAB Spring Fling, CAB Fall Fest and Homecoming

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Intramural sports, Residence Life (Centenary Activities Board), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian Leadership Center and Media Group

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Gymnastics No No No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Gymnastics No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No


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Centenary College of Louisiana