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How to Apply

Centre has no application fee! Apply through the Common App..

Applying to Centre is easy and won’t cost you a thing. Use the information here to help guide you through the process. You will find detailed information on admission requirements and application deadlines. There is also information in this area for international students as well as transferring and readmitting students. If you have all the information you need and want to get your Centre Experience going by all means...

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Application Deadlines

Centre has three application deadlines, choose the option that's best for you.

Deadlines & Important Dates

If we're your clear first choice, this plan's for you.

Apply by November 15 and receive acceptance notification January 1. Wondering if Early Decision is right for you? see the Planning an Early Decision section below.

Apply early and get your notification sooner.

Apply by December 1 and receive acceptance notification by mid-January. International applicants will receive their notification in mid-February.

Last deadline for the upcoming fall semester.

Apply by January 15 and receive acceptance notification by mid-March

Planning an Early Decision

Early Decision candidates receive admission and award notifications earlier than nonbinding applicants. They pledge to enroll if they are admitted and to withdraw applications to other schools at that time, provided they receive a financial aid award that makes it possible to attend.

Early Decision Agreement Form

Students who apply to Centre under Early Decision number in the hundreds instead of the thousands (as is the case with Early Action or Regular Decision). That means the admission staff has more time to really get to know you and to make certain that both you and Centre are right for each other. You will learn early in your college planning if you have been admitted to Centre College and how much it will cost you to attend.  
Due to the smaller size of the Early Decision applicant pool, you will be evaluated based upon your own merits rather than in competition with and in comparison to other applicants. 

Students who apply and are admitted Early Decision to the College will be awarded the Front & Centre Scholarship worth $20,000 ($5,000 per year). In addition, students receiving a general merit scholarship may stack this $5,000 annual award. Some restrictions apply regarding combining the Front & Centre Scholarship with premier and special talent scholarships.


  1. Students who apply Early Decision can “slack off” in their academic work during the second semester of their senior year.
    Truth: Selective colleges can and do withdraw admission offers from a student if his or her academic performance declines significantly. 
  2. Students diminish their chances of receiving academic scholarships on the theory that since they already are committed to a college, it will have less incentive to award them scholarships as an inducement to enroll.
    Truth: This is not true at Centre. A student who would have received an academic scholarship in the Early Action or Regular Decision processes will be awarded one in Early Decision. 
  3. Students who require need-based financial aid should not consider applying for Early Decision. 
    Truth: At Centre, we are committed to providing students who apply Early Decision with the same amount of aid that they would receive if applying in Early Action or Regular Decision. 
  • Do your homework and know why you are applying to a particular school, especially if you plan to apply ED. 
  • Do not give in to pressure to apply ED to a school simply for the sake of applying ED. 
  • Be honest with yourself: If you are not yet ready to commit, then do not apply ED to any school. 
  • Do not apply ED as a strategy to “get in.” 
  • If you are applying for need-based financial aid in ED or any application program, have a conversation about what your family can reasonably invest in your college education. 

Preliminary Application

Centre is pleased to offer a Preliminary Application for students who are interested in receiving early admission information. Our short form asks for some basic information, including an unofficial copy of your transcript, and a short list of your activities or areas of impact/interest. 

By completing our Pre-Application, you will receive an early prediction of your admission decision, and we’ll also let you know if there is a likelihood that you will be selected for a general merit scholarship in our official application process. It’s a great way to feel more confident about your college options! It also signals to us that you have strong interest in Centre as a possible college choice.

  • Pre-Applications will be accepted through December 1st. The typical response rate is 1 week after receipt of the requested information. Results will be sent to the email address provided. 

  • Pre-Application results will  include estimates for general merit scholarships. We are not able to give early information on Centre’s special interest scholarships or premier scholarship programs. 

  • This is only a preliminary application. In order to be formally considered for admission to Centre, you must apply using the Common Application. Reminder, we have no application fee! 

  • Students who would like more information regarding financial assistance beyond scholarships should contact their admission counselor after completing the Pre-App form or calculate your cost using one of our tools.

The Preliminary Application period for fall 2023 has expired. The fall 2024 period will open in July 2023.

Cost Estimator Tools


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Admission Requirements

All the details of what we need from you to get your application processed.

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International Applicants

Centre College welcomes students from around the globe to our Kentucky campus.

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College Credit Equivalency

Some of your outside coursework may qualify for college credit at Centre.

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Transferring & Readmitting

Centre welcomes applications from qualified students who want to transfer from other colleges or universities.