Center College: Small liberal arts college, big opportunities – Natural Self Esteem

Uliana Bazavluk wanted an education that puts the student first. The next logical step was to switch from bustling cultural capital of Russia to the much smaller, charming town of Danville, Kentucky to pursue a liberal arts education.

She regrets nothing. International studies and a French major at Center College (Centre) initially found the drastic changes in the local area challenging, but the hospitality and close-knit community at the Center made her feel at home quickly.

“The absolute highlight of my first year at Center and my time here since then has been the people,” she says. “I have been fortunate enough to find my own community of loving, supportive and inspiring friends from around the world who have made the center truly feel like home.”

For Bazavluk, there’s no shortage of hidden gems around Danville, ranked as one of the top college towns in the South and named the best small town in Kentucky by an MSN list. Many historical, cultural and natural attractions are located near Danville or are just a short drive away. These include the Art Center of the Bluegrass, the Great American Dollhouse Museum, Millennium Park, Constitution Square, Shaker Village, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Historic Merchants Row.

Danville is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by rolling hills, scenic state parks and national forests, it offers an abundance of recreational and outdoor activities for students and visitors alike to experience. Students can also venture further into the neighboring cities of Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.

Located in Danville, Kentucky, Center College offers students a hospitable environment in which to grow professionally or personally. Source: Center College

Life on the Center College campus is just as exciting. International students quickly forge friendships and connections amidst a sea of ​​new faces. It didn’t take long for International Studies student Ibrahim Al-Aboosi to feel at home in Iraq.

“I received emails from professors, advisors and staff – all reminding me that they were by my side,” enthused Al-Aboosi. “After a month I had a strong contact with many international students on campus because many of them just reached out, wanted to meet or eat together. A year later, many of those early connections evolved into friendships.”

It’s easy to make friends from all walks of life at Centre. Whether they are local or international, a staff member or a student, you can find and connect with someone in the 87 campus organizations or more than 2,000 campus events that take place each year.

Harness personal growth by stimulating intellectual curiosity

The Centre’s small liberal arts environment fosters a nurturing and close-knit environment, providing students with consistent support, mentoring and guidance to ensure they make the most of their four year experience at Center College.

In addition to the excellent quality of teaching in the more than 50 majors, minors, pre-vocational and dual courses, the faculty members ensure that the students gain experience that complements their studies. Just ask graduate Khun Nyan Min Htet from Myanmar.

The International Studies major lists “adaptability” as the most practical skill he learned at the center. “Different experiences and environments that I was thrown at during my time at the center forced me to adapt and evolve in my approach to life,” he says. “In a rapidly changing world, this ability is a necessity. Center has a unique opportunity to help students acquire this skill through various experiences (study abroad, internships, research, extracurricular activities, etc.).”

Htet eventually went on to pursue a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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Center College has one of the highest first-time acceptance rates for medical schools in the nation at 83%. Source: Center College

Its success is typical of the center’s graduates. For graduating class 2020, 39% of Center graduates completed a postgraduate program at some of the top institutions in the United States, while 57% found employment within a year of graduation. We owe the above-average graduate results to the faculty’s sincere concern for the personal and professional success of its students, not only from an academic but also from a non-academic perspective.

Graduate schools to which Center graduates have been admitted include Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, George Washington University, Wake Forest University, Boston University, Columbia University, the London School of Economics and Politics, among others New York University.

Hands-on approach to learning beyond the classroom

Center College helps students develop valuable skills that set them apart in a competitive job market. There are many internship opportunities at the Center with 75% of students completing an internship before graduation. Completing an internship has helped students assess potential career opportunities and gain relevant work experience. They can polish their resume and make them more marketable to employers. Internships also help them to expand their network, which opens up better career opportunities for them.

Graduates John Anderson and Branham Chandler had the internship experience of a lifetime when they won a spot with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to complete a four-week internship in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Living in Ethiopia for four weeks gave me a unique first-hand experience that would not have been possible by researching economic development only from the US,” Anderson said. “The internship was also good for me because I’m considering going into the foreign service and now have more realistic expectations of life in the foreign service.”

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More than four out of five Center students have studied abroad at least once. Source: Center College

In addition to internship opportunities, the center’s faculty members mentor students who wish to complete research projects during the summer at no additional cost. This opens up opportunities for students to challenge themselves beyond the classroom discussions and tests.

Programs that students can take as part of their undergraduate research program include Research, Internships, and Creative Endeavors (RICE), John C. Young Scholars, 400-level independent research courses, summer research, and more.

If students wish to broaden their horizons, they can do so by participating in one of the Centre’s highly acclaimed study abroad programs. Professors accompany students during their study abroad experience, sharing knowledge about different cultural contexts and insights, and providing an opportunity for experiential learning beyond the classroom experience. Also, professors are planning trips and activities to enhance their learning activities abroad as well.

More than four in five (85%) Center students complete at least one study abroad program, making Center College one of the top three schools in the United States for international opportunities. The study abroad program benefits from its efforts to provide its students with personalized and impactful learning and meaningful experiences that will benefit students in their future careers.

Financial aid such as merit scholarships are provided to international students who may be in need of financial assistance, and generous bursaries covering up to a full trip are also offered. To learn more about how to apply to Center College as an international student, click here.

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