Centenary College of Louisiana Reports Highest Freshmen Retention Since 2008

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Centenary College of Louisiana has retained a record number of freshmen from the fall to spring semester this academic year. Proactive programming helped to accomplish the highest first-year retention rate the College has reported since 2008.

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Centenary is constantly striving to attract and retain students who are best suited to take advantage of the distinctive educational opportunities available to them here.

Centenary College of Louisiana has retained a record number of freshmen from the fall to spring semester this academic year. Proactive programming helped to accomplish the highest first-year retention rate the College has reported since 2008.

“Centenary is constantly striving to attract and retain students who are best suited to take advantage of the distinctive educational opportunities available to them here,” said Monty Curtis, Vice President for Enrollment Services. “Beyond simply the ability to handle the challenging academic programs, we are also committed to identifying and enrolling those students who can contribute to the intellectual, social, residential and spiritual life of the College.”

This year’s success was due in part to the Handle Your Business campaign and the Student Resource Center. The Office of Re-Enrollment heads Handle Your Business, rewarding students for registering early, finalizing financial arrangements, and meeting with their advisors every semester. The Student Resource Center focuses on students’ academic needs, helping students improve their study skills and time management while providing tutoring in a number of subject areas.

“The College has been working hard to support students' progress toward earning a degree,” said Nicole Deese, Director of Re-Enrollment. “I believe that as we start to encourage retention and academic success with efforts like Handle Your Business and the Student Resource Center we will continue to see the results in the number and quality of our graduates.”

Centenary’s focus on providing support to freshmen begins the summer before their first year. Special attention is paid to new students as they transition into an exciting new phase of their personal development. Students are welcomed to the campus during Springboard, where they meet with their advisor for the first time, discover extracurricular and leadership opportunities on campus, and meet their fellow classmates.

Another unique element of Centenary education introduced during Springboard comes from the Office of Professional Discernment. The Office of Professional Discernment helps students identify early their individual passions and abilities and how they can make a positive contribution to the greater good.

All Centenary freshmen are also registered for First-Year Experience (FYE). FYE introduces students to the diverse modes of inquiry that characterize the liberal arts and lets them practice these new skills by engaging in a multidisciplinary research project.

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About Centenary College of Louisiana

Founded in 1825, Centenary College of Louisiana is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is a U.S. News & World Report Tier One National Liberal Arts College. A member of the Associated Colleges of the South, Centenary is a selective, private, residential institution, affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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