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 16 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 2023 Success

The class of 2023 has achieved a great success rate one 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 2023 are currently employed. 

stats on 2023 graduates in what industry they work in
Government/Law(7%), Non-Profit (7%), Engineering (4%), Counseling/Psychology (3%), Technology(2%), Sports (2%), Real Estate (1%).

Featured Employers

Amazon; AmeriCorps; Baird; Bank of America; Bechtel; Blue Man Group; Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Cleveland Browns; Congressional Hunger Center; Deloitte; Ernst & Young; The Food Project; Fulbright; GE Appliances; Goldman Sachs; U.S. House Committee on Appropriations; Humana; JET Programme; Mercer; Merrill Lynch; National Democratic Institute; National Renewable Energy Lab; Peace Corps; Putnam Investments; Teaching Assistant in France; The Hoover Institute at Stanford University; Walt Disney World; Total Quality Logistics; U.S. Department of State.

Job Search Resources

Graduate Schools

Graduate and professional school programs in which the Class of 2023 are enrolled.

stats on 2023 graduates attending grad and professional school
Education (4%), Accounting (3%), Mathematics (3%), Arts & Humanities (3%), Engineering (2%), International Affairs (1%). 

Featured Graduate Schools

Auburn University; Boston University; Columbia University; Duke University; Emory University; George Washington University; Howard University; Indiana University; London School of Economics and Political Science; Northwestern University; University of Edinburgh; University of Kentucky; University of North Carolina; Vanderbilt University; Villanova University; Wake Forest University; Yale University

Graduate School Resources

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

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

Louisville, KY

Centre alum Shariya Terrell