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Old 07-10-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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Tell me about Centenary College. My daughter's counselor mentioned it to her. I guess they built a new performing arts center? We use to live in Shreveport but this was when the kids were babies and colleges weren't on our minds at that time. It appeared to be a nice campus and a decent size school? I think we might make a visit (we are in Dallas, my daughter will be a junior in high school). Any info is appreciated ~ Thanks!
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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I would say if a Dallas teacher recommended Centenray Collete then surely it must be a pretty good school. I like Shrevepport and have visited many times. I'm sure it has grown since you were there last. Even though I was never there for an extended period, I had no trouble finding interesting things to do - like the rose garden and mall - and I met some awfully kind people. I particularly like the city magazine SB Magazine (http://www.sbmag.net/ - broken link) and the shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times | Shreveport news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Shreveport, Louisiana.

Overall I think it is a very neat town fer any age to hang out.

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Old 07-16-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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What does your daughter want to study? Centenary is a very small, liberal arts college, not really known for much outside of some performing arts stuff. I had several high school classmates that went there for school, and they are all teachers now.

I also think the school has been having money troubles, and just switched from Division I athletics to Div. III to save money on scholarships.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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It's a very small school (it usually has around 600 undergrads IIRC). It has a very good reputation though, and isn't just for liberal arts majors. Many students, from what I've read, graduate from there and go on to Med School, Law School, etc. On the downside, the business school I don't believe is AACSB accredited, something to consider. This may have changed, however. I would not attend a B-School if it wasn't AACSB accredited
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Centenary Approved for NCAA Division III Reclassification
I thought it used to be the smallest Div I school in the country--guess they changed their grouping--it was really a hardship for them to be such a small school facing much larger opponents
it has always had a good baseball program and had a good soccer program in the 90s
Robert Parrish who was NBA star graduated from Centenary--and note I say GRADUATED--not just attended...

it has one of the most successful acceptance rates to medical school--at least when our daughter was considering colleges and we went for a visit that is what we were told...
we used to live in Shreveport in the late 70s-early 80s and it had an excellent rep then for its pre-med and pre-law students...

Princeton Review Names Centenary College “Best Southeastern College” Again

About Centenary
look at the number of teaching faculty vs teaching assistants--that makes a HUGE difference in the quality of education that a student gets in college especially on the freshman/sophomore level...

two points--the honor code at Centenary is still taken seriously and all students unless they are living at home or are seniors live on campus--
it is a close-knit community

this would be info that would interest me with the economy in current state --althought 2008 is most recent info--

Recent Graduate Placement Results - Centenary College of Louisiana

there is aid for students at Centenary--it has a strong alumni group and at our interview we were told that the majority of students attending received grant/student aid of some sort...

our daughter was I think indimidated because of the rep for academics--she did not think she was a strong enough student--and she probably would have needed to go out for a sport and they were honest about the traveling schedule for athletes--
plus the fact that none of her friends even knew about the school...

in point of fact it would have been a better option for our son who loves school and probably would have really blossomed in a small, academically-rich environment vs the large public university he attended...but we did not really think about other options for him...he decided where he wanted to go


the problem with Centenary is where it is located
Shreveport is really NOT where most high school seniors envision themselves attending college
it is a small town--the riverboat gambling casinos around the river have brought in a differnet class of people and some other factors that are not so nice
althought they have brought "money" they have also brought problems

Centenary's campus is in the middle of "old" Shreveport--it is attractive, lots of trees, a very walkable campus--but conversely it is small-town school and not the big school/big profile like Tech or TX A&M and I don't think people who are interested in going into medicine know its rep because it is out of state and they are probably given more info about UT Galveston or SA or even UTA for nursing...

my suggestion would be to get some more info about it--
go for a visit

there is great place to eat for strawberry pie--Strawn's that you might remember since you did live there--

find out about the financials and what their admission standards are
Centenary has high standards but the fact that you have real college PhD's teaching classes and small numbers of students in those classes would be really significant to me--
the closest comparison around here would probably be Austin College in Sherman
http://www.austincollege.edu/
or maybe Texas Weslyan although I think Centenary has better academic rep
TCU is too big and too famous now that it has such a high profile for athletics...

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Old 08-13-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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there is great place to eat for strawberry pie--Strawn's that you might remember since you did live there--
Being across the street from Strawn's, and just down the street from George's, is reason enough to go to school there. If only free pies were included in the price of tuition.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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the last time we were there we saw that Strawn's had branched out and had couple of other locations as well..spreading the good life...
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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I just return to Houston from a visit to Centenary with my son. I really wanted him to go to a small, private school and he wanted the larger public school (Texas Tech or A&M). However, after spending two-days at Centenary (attending classes, rooming with a host student, attending a soccer game and an on-campus party), he is sold on Centenary. He wants to major in engineering and met the department head. He immediately bonded with department head. One thing that is truly refreshing is the availabilty of the professors (something you may miss at the larger schools).
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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Any locals have feedback on Centenary?
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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My wife graduated from Centenary with a degree in French Literature, and I attended for one year before transferring. It's a very good liberal arts college - but I wouldn't recommend it as much for other programs. My wife got an amazing education as a liberal arts major. I was disappointed in the engineering/math side, so I transferred to a school with a more technical focus.

It's a BEAUTIFUL small campus. It's very much a community vibe. Shreveport is a city where you have to own a car, and there isn't much to walk to from campus except a few diners, book stores, and antique shops. The Greek scene is mild, which most parents would consider a good thing. It's not a college for crazy parties.

Shreveport isn't very new-grad friendly - both my wife and I had issues getting jobs right out of college, and that was before the recession hit hard. But that's only an issue if you want to stick around after college.
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