Centre College in Danville has been named the top college in the South by Forbes magazine for the second year in a row, ranking ahead of such prestigious institutions as Rice, Duke and Vanderbilt universities.
No other Kentucky college or university, public or private, made the magazine's rankings.
Centre has 1,197 students and an annual cost of $39,200 for tuition and living expenses on campus. It admits 63 percent of applicants and the average ACT score of its students is 29.
Forbes ranked the 25 best colleges, the 10 best private colleges and the 10 best public colleges, all in the South. Centre topped the ranking of the South's best colleges and best private colleges, while the United States Naval Academy was ranked the South's top public college.
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Centre, a liberal arts college, is praised by Forbes for its Centre Commitment, which guarantees that all students who meet the college's expectations are guaranteed an internship, the opportunity to study abroad and graduation within four years — or the school will pay for an additional year of tuition-free study.
Centre President John Roush said in a statement that the Forbes designation "is only the latest in a series of accolades that have begun to come our way regularly in recent years. As my colleagues and friends know, I don't take any of these rankings as gospel, but there is a consistency in this recognition that is hard to ignore."
In August, Forbes ranked Centre No. 24 among all United States colleges and universities, the highest ranking of any Kentucky school.