Centre graduates walking to the commencement ceremony

Success After Centre

Working toward success from day one

Connect with the Center for Career & Professional Development in the fall of your first year. Your personal career coach will help you explore majors and careers, find summer jobs and internships, work on résumés and cover letters for graduate school and jobs, and network with alumni.

  • An outstanding academic reputation adds value to your degree. Centre is ranked among America’s leading institutions by Forbes, Princeton Review, U.S. News, and virtually all other guidebooks.
  • Personal attention from outstanding professors allows you to progress faster. Our 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means your professors will know you by name—not as a number.
  • Our international study options broaden your perspective and give you a competitive advantage in the global economy. Centre is ranked among the top in the nation for percentage of students who study abroad. It might even help you join the 12 percent who find that first job in another country.    
  • Leadership opportunities enable you to develop to your fullest and prepare for rewarding success in your life’s work.

Center for Career & Professional Development


No. 1 in the Nation for Graduates Happy With Their College Experience


“Centre grads simply can’t glow enough about their … academic gem in the geographic center of Kentucky.” - Alumni Factor

Class of 2021 Success

The class of 2021 has achieved a great success rate 1 year after graduation.


Overall Success

Nearly every graduate is employed or in graduate school



Nearly two-thirds of the class is currently employed


Attending Graduate School

Over one-third of the class is in advanced study programs

Employment by Industry

Industries in which the Class of 2021 are currently employed. 

Job Search Resources

Outcomes Graphic for employed grads-2021

Graduate Schools

Graduate and professional school programs in which the Class of 2021 are enrolled.

Graduate School Resources

Grad-schools by area Class of 2021

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Kings College (London)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • New York University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University-St. Louis
  • Wake Forest University


The Centre Network

Centre’s alumni are fiercely loyal and eager to help you make valuable job contacts in almost any field and location imaginable. Memorable alumni from the past include two U.S. vice presidents, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, and a founder of the Hard Rock Cafe. More recent alumni are equally distinguished and love to talk to Centre students.

My professors were instrumental with respect to my professional development. I know that I would not be where I am today without the personal attention I received at Centre College."

Shariya Terrell

Major + year

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology class of 2006, PhD: Harvard Medical School 2013


Louisville, KY

Centre alum Shariya Terrell