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 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 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 arts 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. With the addition of men’s and women’s cross country and track and field in fall 2020, 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, also new in Fall 2020. 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.
Majors & Degrees
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Communication, Journalism And Related Programs||Associate||Bachelors|
|Music Teacher Education|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Mathematics And Statistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Political Science And Government|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Visual And Performing Arts|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
Test Scores Accepted
|Test||Avg. Score||25th %||75th %|
|SAT Critical Reading||530||610|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||No|
|Tuition pre-payment plan||No|
|Black or African American||13.95%|
|White or Caucasian||64.13%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.54%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.18%|
|Two or more races||6.16%|
Freshman car parking
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||Not Reported|
CAB Spring Fling, CAB Fall Fest and Homecoming
Intramural sports, Residence Life (Centenary Activities Board), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian Leadership Center and Media Group
|Swimming And Diving||No||No||No|
|Swimming And Diving||No||Division 3||No|