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. – 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 -– 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 Harvard’s enrollment, as nearly 300 students showed up for some sessions. But its location off the beaten track and the State’s failure to support it financially led to its merger with Centenary College, a ... [ Read All ]


United States

2911 Centenary Boulevard
LA 71104
Phone: (318) 869-5131
Website: http://www.centenary.edu

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Our Aims

Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. Mentioned in the Templeton Guide's Colleges that encourage Character Development and in Peterson’s Top Colleges for Science, the College is also highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review counts Centenary College as one of the “Best 361 Colleges.”


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Department and information about the department

Small class sizes mean that Centenary art majors will receive what some consider private art lessons by master artists and art historians.

The art faculty works with students to ensure mastery in the basic skills of art and art history as well as advanced training in creative studio arts and arts analysis. This is largely accomplished through courses that aim to develop the creative process. Courses in the history of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, film, and architecture give students a perspective through which to better understand and critique the visual cultures around them. A combination of theory and hands-on studio courses at the upper-level allows students to sharpen their technique through intensive study in printmaking, drawing, pottery, sculpture, film, video, and electronic multimedia. For those who want to gain experience before graduation, art internships are available at galleries, studios, museums, arts agencies, and with professional artists and archaeologists.

Students display their works through several venues, including the Turner Art Center, the Magale Library Gallery, and the Gallery in the ...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

Professional artists/designers/art historians form Centenary's art faculty. Graduates of distinguished universities and art institutions, they have worked in various areas, including museum curation and direction, sculpting, painting, graphic design, consulting, stage design, multimedia design, and film and video production. They present their work both regionally and nationally, and have won numerous awards and grants for their contributions to the arts.


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Information For  Undergraduates

B.A. in Art: Studio Arts
Students specializing in Studio Arts will enhance their creative skills by learning new techniques, working with various arts media, and gaining critical perspectives to contextualize and analyze their work. This track is focused upon the production of art, rather than its socio-historical context.

B.A. in Art: Visual Culture
Students specializing in Visual Culture will organize their visual experiences within critical, social, scientific, and historical contexts. This track is focused upon the aesthetic and cultural analyses of images, rather than their production.


Information For  International Students

Centenary welcomes the applications of students from other countries. International students are defined as those candidates for admission who are not citizens of the United States and do not possess a permanent residential visa. Overseas applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application materials well in advance of the posted deadlines (see Freshman and Transfer sections). The College adopts as its official policy for international student admission the guidelines published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in its World Education Series.



You are important to us. Over the years, valued alumni, such as you, have contributed significantly to Centenary, helping to make it one of the best liberal arts institutions in the country. Stay connected, through the Alumni Association and remain an integral part of the Centenary Community.


Student Facilities

The capable staff of Centenary College is committed to offering a rich set of services for students and faculty.

Career Center
Find an opportunity to put your Centenary education to use in the wider world.

College Store
Find books, snacks and other supplies at the Centenary College Store.

Counseling Center
Whether you're feeling blue or just want someone to talk to, the Counseling Center is available to listen and advise.

Sodexho provides freshly prepared, nutritious food at Bynum Commons and Randle's Place.

Facilities Services
Facilities Services maintains the physical infrastructure of the college and coordinates the scheduling of campus rooms and resources.

Fitness Center
The state-of-the-art Fitness Center offers a natatorium, basketball courts, racquetball courts, 1/10th mile track, Nautilus machines, free weights, dance studios, aerobics rooms, and full locker rooms with showers and sauna.

Health Services
A registered nurse can attend to your health needs, dispense OTC drugs, provide timely advice, and refer you to area health care providers.

Human Resources
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Student Life

College is more than just books and studying — it's life! At Centenary, the Office of Student Life can help you find and join in a the wealth of activities and organizations that bring students together outside the classroom.



All residence halls at Centenary include laundry facilities, computer labs, vending machines, cable television outlets, a telephone jack for each resident, room furniture (including an extra-long single bed, chest of drawers, desk, and chair), closet(s), and free internet access via wired ethernet ports (not wireless) in each room. There are no community bathrooms at Centenary; each student shares a bath with the others in their suite.


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