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Centenary University Data & Information Overview

103 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
98% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Centenary University Ranked?

#855 Best Colleges in Nation
#17 Best Colleges in NJ
Teacher Education Grade Specific Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Centenary University was awarded 103 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

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Overall Quality

Centenary is ranked #855 out of 2,238 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Centenary held the #908 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Centenary is also ranked #17 out of 44 schools in New Jersey.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Centenary?

98% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Centenary University has an acceptance rate of 98%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Centenary.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to Centenary submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 610. Math scores were between 450 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Centenary University  ( 540 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Centenary University  ( 450 to 560 )
Centenary received ACT scores from 1% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Centenary University  ( 15 to 22 )

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Centenary University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Centenary it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Centenary University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Centenary University

75% Freshmen Retention
50% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Centenary University has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Centenary the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 50%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  50 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Centenary University.

Centenary University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,032 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
63.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,190 undergraduates at Centenary with 1,032 being full-time and 158 being part-time.

How Much Does Centenary University Cost?

$16,105 Net Price
88% Take Out Loans
$18,868 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Centenary is $16,105. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Centenary

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,072 $11,522 $19,911 $22,854 $25,257

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Centenary, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Centenary, approximately 88% of students took out student loans averaging $4,717 a year. That adds up to $18,868 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Centenary is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Centenary Graduates Make?

$51,404 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Centenary make around $51,404 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Centenary graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Centenary University make the most money.

Location of Centenary University

New Jersey State
1,032 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Centenary University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Hackettstown is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for Centenary are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 400 Jefferson St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone: 908-852-1400

Centenary University Majors

27 Majors With Completions
339 Undergraduate Degrees
162 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 27 majors graduated from Centenary University. Of these students, 339 received undergraduate degrees and 162 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 90 $47,895
Design & Applied Arts 25 $31,145
Animal Services 23 $21,684
Criminal Justice & Corrections 23 $34,867
Child Development & Psychology 23 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22 $48,952
General Biology 18 NA
Sociology 17 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 15 NA
General English Literature 14 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Centenary University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Centenary

54% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 842 students took at least one online class at Centenary University. This is a decrease from the 1,579 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 842 123
2019-2020 1,579 412
2018-2019 615 234
2017-2018 330 201
2016-2017 484 227

Learn more about online learning at Centenary University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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