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Centre College welcomes 370 students, the most diverse freshman class in the history of the campus


By Kerry Steinhofer
Centre College

Centre College has welcomed its most diverse class in history to campus.

The Class of 2023 is comprised of 370 first-year students from across the globe. Besides 30 states, including Hawaii, 10 countries are represented, including Armenia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam.

While international students make up seven percent of the class, an additional five percent of domestic students say a language other than English is spoken in their home.

A total of 81 first-years are U.S. students of color, accounting for 23 percent of the class. Both the count and percentage are record highs for the College.

In terms of academic achievement, 1 in 5 first-year students had a perfect 4.0 in high school, and 70 percent had a 3.5 or better.

The average superscored ACT composite for the class is 29, meaning the students scored in the 92nd percentile. Overall ACT midrange is 26-32. An impressive 80 percent of the incoming students ranked in the top quarter of their class, with 52 percent in the top quarter and 12 percent first in their class.

Among the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, Centre continues to be a place of achievement and high opportunity.

More than 1 in 5 are first generations college students, and 23 percent are Pell Grant recipients.

With this class, the College also welcomes its fourth cohort of Lincoln Scholars, fifth of Grissom Scholars, 12th of Brown Fellows, as well as Centre Posse 14.

High numbers of student-athletes are also included in the incoming class, with 42 percent intending to compete in a varsity sport.


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