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Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA


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Centenary College of Louisiana


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.


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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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
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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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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Deadlines

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 % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 530 610
SAT Math 520 610
ACT Composite 21 28

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Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 10.33%
Black or African American 13.95%
White or Caucasian 64.13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.54%
Asian 1.99%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.18%
Two or more races 6.16%


Male (42.93%)
Female (57.07%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
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% of undergrad students who live in college housing Not Reported

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

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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
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Golf No Division 3 No
Gymnastics No No No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
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Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Gymnastics No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
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Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 55
Part-time - 28
Male - 52
Female - 31