Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college located in Shreveport, Louisiana and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Established in 1825, Centenary College of Louisiana is the oldest liberal arts college chartered west of the Mississippi River and the oldest college in Louisiana. Originally founded as the College of Louisiana, the school’s name was changed by the board of trustees in 1846 to Centenary College of Louisiana. The college was shut down due to the impact of the Civil War, but reopened in the fall of 1865. In 1909 the College was moved to its current location in Shreveport. Centenary College of Louisiana holds the distinction of being Louisiana’s only Tier One National liberal arts college and is regularly recognized as one of the top colleges in the South.
Academic ProgramsCentenary College of Louisiana is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. Students of the college pledge to be bound by Centenary’s Honor System, which applies to all academic work. The College’s Honor Code is administered by an Honor Court made up of student Justices elected through nominations from both faculty and students. Centenary College of Louisiana’s purpose is to encourage a “lifelong dedication not only to learning but also to serving others” striving to “overcome ignorance and intolerance; to examine ideas critically; to provide an understanding of 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.”
Centenary College of Louisiana awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a wide range of undergraduate major offerings, including: art, biology, communication, economics, English, French, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, theatre, biochemistry, biophysics, business administration, chemistry, geology, neuroscience, and psychology. In addition, an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Teaching are also offered.
Student LifeCentenary College of Louisiana has a total enrollment figure of more than 600 students – the vast majority of which are undergraduates. More than 50% of students are Louisiana residents, though representatives from at least two dozen states and five countries make up the College’s student body with a minority representation of 33%. With the exceptions of students living at home or who are over the age of 20 years, all full-time students at Centenary College of Louisiana are required to live on campus. Co-curricular activities are highly encouraged by Centenary and numerous activities are provided for students including both on and off campus opportunities.
Centenary College of Louisiana’s varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and the school is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Centenary’s varsity teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis, men’s baseball and lacrosse and women’s gymnastics, softball and volleyball.