Centenary College Of Louisiana
There are over 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Centenary College of Louisiana is the 43rd oldest. It was founded in 1825 by the State in the last days of the 5th president of the U.S. â€“ James Monroe. Known then as the College of Louisiana, it was located in the village of Jackson.
The students were primarily the sons of planters and professional men. The whole operation was mostly male -â€“ students, faculty, administration, and staff. Tuition was $50 per year. Room, board, and firewood were $7 per month.
Then, as now, the College was a liberal arts institution, concentrating on studies such as language, philosophy, history, literature, and abstract science. There was a stiff curriculum with an emphasis on Latin and Greek.
Before 1845, the College of Louisiana had established itself as one of the leading educational institutions in the country, rivaling even Harvardâ€™s enrollment, as nearly 300 students showed up for some sessions. But its location off the beaten track and the Stateâ€™s failure to support it financially led to its merger with Centenary College, a ...
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