(June 25, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.

Centenary Named to the "Top 25 Hottest Schools in the Country"

Top 25 Hottest Schools in the Country

SHREVEPORT, La.— Centenary College of Louisiana has been named one of the country's "hottest colleges" by the popular and widely read Newsweek-Kaplan "How to Get Into College Guide."

Only 25 institutions were featured in "Hottest Schools in the Country" section of the 2008 edition of the guidebook, published earlier this spring. According to the publication, Centenary is the "Hottest Liberal-Arts School You Never Heard of." The brief on Centenary reads:

"When Wendy Andreen, college counselor at Memorial Senior High School in Houston, first visited Centenary, she discovered it had just 1,000 students, about half the size of her high school. She thought it was too small and too unknown, but then she changed her mind. "The college is a secret treasure packed with degree options, is five minutes away from a thriving downtown on the riverfront and is sitting on one of Hollywood's latest discoveries for movie locations," she says. It is also a Division I school, the smallest in the country. Centenary is a rare combination of academic innovation, with students creating their own majors, and big-time sports (except football) with a gorgeous athletic complex. The college has a solid reputation in a wide variety of professions, from performing arts to geology. "It's the best of both worlds for right- and left-brained students," Andreen says.

Centenary, one of the top nationally-recognized private liberal-arts colleges, was also recognized in the same publication as one of "372 Most Interesting Schools in America." The list, compiled by researchers at Newsweek magazine and Kaplan's, the nation's foremost educational services company in the world, compiled the list. This year's Most Interesting Schools were selected on the criteria of academic strengths, student body profile and specialty programs.

"When you hear the name of certain schools, they immediately conjure up an image or a reputation—UC Berkeley (very liberal), NYU (urban campus), MIT (techies)," the report says. "So what do you think about when you hear Centenary College of Louisiana? Nothing? Well, that is about to change."

More information about "America's Hottest Colleges" can be found on the web at http://www.newsweek.com/id/32225/page/1

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College 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. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.