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Enrollment at Centenary College is shrinking, but that maybe all by design.

This year the school has fewer than 700 students and is ranked as one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation.

"We do arts and sciences in undergraduate education well," said Centenary President Dr. David Rowe.

Rowe sat down with Education Reporter Eric James and explained that the lower enrollments numbers are due in part to the fact that school is being more selective in who is allowed to enroll.

"We are very focused on the quality of the students," said Rowe.

U.S. News & World Report named the school a Tier One National Liberal Arts College for the third year in a row.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report publishes the national rankings to provide reliable and consistent data to help prospective students and their families in their college search.

The U.S. News ranking follows several other honors Centenary has received in the past several weeks:

Forbes gave Centenary an "A" grade for financial fitness in its annual ranking of "America's Top Colleges."

Washington Monthly recognized Centenary for the fourth straight year in making a significant contribution to the public good.

Princeton Review named Centenary one of "The Best 378 Colleges" in the nation.

On average the student to teacher ratio at Centenary is 9 to 1.

The average student grade point average is 3.5.

More than 30% of the students are not from Louisiana.

"Many educational institutes prepare kids for their first job out of college, I like say that here at Centenary we prepare our students for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th job because we know students will change their careers several times," said Rowe.

Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts 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 a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.

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