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Centenary College Today
Centenary is a true college in the sense that liberal learning is an integral part of its academic philosophy for both its undergraduate and graduate programs. Centenary's programs, especially at the undergraduate level, are designed to provide students with an ideal blend of career preparation options and a solid liberal arts foundation.
Centenary is an independent college offering bachelor degree programs and associate degree programs in the liberal arts and career areas; and master degree programs in business administration, counseling, counseling psychology, school counseling, education, leadership and public administration, and special education.
Complementing the academic program at the undergraduate level is an advising program that matches students with faculty members on a one-on-one basis, career planning and placement, and internship opportunities related to a student's major. The total growth of the student, both undergraduate and graduate, is taken into account in planning the Centenary College experience. Specifically, for the undergraduate, the offerings of WNTI, Centenary TV, and the Centenary Performing Arts Guild and other arts organizations add an important cultural dimension to student life.
Centenary College offers a variety of extracurricular activities including intercollegiate and intramural sports, clubs and organizations to meet many interests, and social activities round out the undergraduate student life. Centenary College adheres to the values of Student-Centered Learning and Unparalleled Service.
An Historical Note
Centenary College has been related since its founding to the Methodist Church. The name chosen for the College in 1867 commemorated the centennial of the beginning of Methodism in the United States. Today, Centenary, as an independent, baccalaureate and masters level institution, proudly continues its relationship with the United Methodist Church and enjoys a student body rich in diversity in religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Centenary College throughout its history has always been ready to adapt to meet the changing needs of its students. Founded in 1867 as the Centenary Collegiate Institute, a coeducational preparatory school, in 1910 it became a preparatory school for girls. Later, junior college courses were offered and in 1940 Centenary Junior College was formed. Centenary College became a four-year institution for women, granting associate and baccalaureate degrees, in 1976. In the same year, Centenary’s coeducational Continuing Studies Department was created, offering men the opportunity to pursue degrees at Centenary in the evening and significantly expanding the ability of the College to serve the citizens of Northwest New Jersey. This growth in adult education led to the College’s creation of the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), and accelerated degree program for the working adult whose schedule prevents him/her from attending a more traditional schedule.
In 1988 Centenary admitted men and women to all full-time and part-time programs, returning to its original role as a coeducational institution. Originally men were only admitted as commuter students. By the fall of 1989, residence facilities for men became available, allowing men to participate in the College’s full residential programs. In 1992, the College established the Office of International Programs to coordinate recruitment of international students for study at Centenary, and to develop opportunities for our students to study abroad. These efforts have greatly enhanced diversity at the College.
In the fall of 1995, Centenary College introduced its first master degree program – Master of Arts (MA) in Education: Instructional Leadership. Since then Centenary has added a Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education, a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, or School Counseling, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Arts (MA) in English Literature (deactivated effective July 2011), a Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership and Public Administration, a Master of Arts (MA) in Education: Educational Leadership, and an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Practice. With the fall 2014 semester, Centenary is adding a Master of Health Administration to its offerings through the School of Professional Studies. All of the graduate programs are coeducational.
Centenary's attractive 42-acre campus is located in a pleasant, residential area of Hackettstown, a community of 16,000 people in Northwest New Jersey. The College's 65-acre equestrian center is located eight miles from the main campus on scenic Schooley’s Mountain. Nearby, in town or at shopping malls, are most of the shops, services, and conveniences to meet students' personal needs. Hackettstown is also close to interstate highways, providing access to major metropolitan areas such as New York City, which is just an hour away. For recreation such as skiing or boating, the scenic Pocono Mountains are less than 30 minutes from campus, and the New Jersey Shore and its many beaches are within an easy drive.
Centenary also has off-campus learning centers located in Parsippany and Metropark, New Jersey. These centers are part of the College’s School of Professional Studies non-traditional degree programs, offering working adults with the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor, or master degrees through accelerated on-ground or online programs.
Centenary College strives to be a leader in career-focused liberal arts studies offering programs to motivated learners seeking a degree, professional development, or lifelong learning. The fundamental belief in the potential of each student drives the educational environment at Centenary College. A strong liberal arts and sciences base combined with compelling career-focused programs will continue to prepare Centenary students for careers today and tomorrow, fostering a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.
Centenary College is an inclusive and collaborative learning community dedicated to preparing its students to enter society as professionals and global citizens by providing experiences that foster skills of critical thought and purposeful action. The Centenary experience is distinguished by a fundamental belief in the full potential of each student, a strong liberal arts foundation, career preparation, and a culture of service to the community and to the world.
The Campus Ministry program at Centenary is designed to work with all students regardless of their religious background. The program emphasizes cultural pluralism in an interfaith context. This program coordinates all Centenary ministry activities as well as provides students with off-campus activity information, including information on local places of worship.
Centenary College's Faculty
Students discover that Centenary professors are, above all, dedicated teachers. Full professors, department chairpersons, as well as newer faculty members, all teach classes and advise students on an individual basis. Classes are small (the average size is 17 students) and the student-to-faculty ratio is a very desirable 17:1. Although Centenary faculty members are accomplished professionals in their fields, it is their skill as teachers which is paramount and which plays an important role in the success of their students. They have come to Centenary because they want to teach, and they enjoy direct contact with students on a day-to-day basis.
Taylor Memorial Library/Learning Resource Center
The Taylor Memorial Library provides not only traditional print and audio visual materials but also offers a wide range of research databases that can ALL be accessed via the Library website. We also provide a number of public access computers, current periodicals (academic and recreational), quiet and group study space and a coffee bar. Materials not currently available from the Library may be requested through inter-library loan. The library provides reference and research assistance via phone, email, and face to face consultation. . The library staff is trained in research techniques and is always available to assist students.
The Career Development Center
The goal of the Career Development Center is to assist students in connecting academic, co-curricular, and vocational experiences in a meaningful way, leading to successful employment following graduation. Students are encouraged to begin using the Career Development Center during their freshman year and throughout their academic career at Centenary. To assist students with their career development progress, the Career Development Center has developed a 4-Year Action Plan designed to keep them on track each year.
In the first year, students embark on an exploration of values, interests, skills and personality can be done through a variety of methods. This helps students confirm a major, select a career field, or develop employable skills throughout their time at Centenary. Professional career development staff are available for individual appointments, to interpret career assessment results, assist with job search correspondence, and do mock interviews. The Center maintains a variety of job listings from the local and regional area, which are posted on the Career Development Center webpage. The Student Employment and Academic Internship program are also operated by the Career Development Center, providing career-building opportunities for students.
Each year the Career Development Center provides information sessions and special lectures featuring alumni and industry leaders designed to help students fine-tune their job searches and professional skills. The Career Development Center also hosts annual career fairs with local, regional, and national employers open to students, alumni, and the local community.
College life is full of rich opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. It also can be a stressful time and generate academic, interpersonal, and emotional concerns. At times, even the most resilient and self-reliant student might have difficulties negotiating these concerns and would benefit from speaking with a professional. Recognizing the need for help is a sign of strength and is often the first step toward solving the problem. The counseling process can result in healthier adjustments and personal growth for those that seek it.
It is the mission of the Counseling Center to work directly with students in overcoming difficulties that may interfere with defining and accomplishing educational and personal goals. The counselors strive to provide students opportunities to develop greater self-understanding, to identify and solve problems and to improve academic performance through the alleviation of psychological and emotional impediments.
Students from all the diverse backgrounds represented in the Centenary College community make use of the services of the counseling center. Students come to the center during times of crisis and high stress, when their usual coping mechanisms are not working well, or when they are faced with making a difficult decision. They may be having problems relating to friends, roommates or family; struggling academically; feeling anxious or depressed; or having difficulty making decisions.
The staff of the Counseling Center has years of experience in dealing with a wide range of problems. We provide crisis intervention, short term counseling, psychiatric and referral services, alcohol and drug evaluations, services to victims of violence and advocacy on behalf of students. We also provide prevention and education and outreach programs throughout the year. We are available for consultation to students, faculty and staff who are concerned about the well- being of students. Our appointments are free of charge and confidential.
Centenary's food services are contracted out to Chartwells, Inc. The Dining Hall is located in the David and Carol Lackland Center. Resident students are required to participate in the meal plan. Guests will be admitted only with a meal ticket. Traditional full-time undergraduate commuter students are welcome to eat five meals per week in the Dining Hall. Please check the “Student Handbook” for hours and rules for the College’s dining services.
Good health, which includes physical, emotional, and social well-being, is an essential ingredient for the academic success of all students. Maintenance of good health through prevention, education, and treatment of illness is the primary goal of the Health Services Office. To accomplish this goal, the Health Services Office must have an accurate and complete set of health forms on file prior to admission. In addition, the Health Services Office prepares students to be informed health care consumers. The Health Services Office is located on the third floor of the Seay Building. It is staffed by two Registered Nurses certified in college health, one full-time and one part-time. The College physician is on campus twice a week and referral to outside resources and agencies is provided when necessary. All services are confidential.
Centenary strives to ensure a safe, secure campus environment. Information regarding campus crime statistics is available through the Student Life Office. Centenary security personnel are on duty twenty-four hours, seven days per week. Security officers conduct safety tours and routine checks. An escort service is available by calling Security through the operator with your name and location. The Residence Life on-duty staff may be reached for assistance at any time by dialing 0. Please check the “Student Handbook” for additional information and policies regarding safety and security on- and off-campus.
Office of Veteran's Affairs
The Office of Veteran's Services at Centenary College has been established on firm ground to provide valuable services and resources to student veterans, veteran dependents, active military, and reservists in the Centenary community. We are dedicated to assisting you in navigating internal and external systems, obtaining educational goals, developing initiatives, and helping to facilitate a seamless transition to the academic arena and successful integration to the campus community
The office is a One-Stop location where you can ask questions and get answers. Internal and external services and resources are designed to provide the necessary tools to help facilitate a seamless transition to the academic arena, a successful integration to the campus community, and career planning for your future beyond the classroom.
Orientations for new student veterans and veteran dependents are held in August of each year before the start of the fall semester and in January of each year prior to the start spring semester. Sessions are held in the Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC) and hosted by the Director of Veteran's Services. Orientations are designed to be informative with the intent of acclimating students to the campus as well as providing information about internal and external services and resources. Representatives from various external support services, i.e. VA Healthcare Outreach, the VetCenters, etc. are on-hand to answer questions, to provide information on services and resources, and to help with the application processes, if required.
If you are called to active duty during your enrollment at Centenary College or after admission but prior to the start of the term for which you are admitted, please notify the Director of the Office of Veteran Services. This can be done in person or via email.
If you receive emergency orders to Active Duty during a semester in progress, you must provide the Office of Veteran Services with a copy of these orders. The orders must include the date you must report for duty and the length of time of service. The official documentation is required in order to receive a military withdrawal. A military withdrawal results in the assignment of “MW” for all classes (which does not factor into the GPA) and allows for a full refund of tuition and fees.You cannot receive military withdrawals for semesters that have already been completed. Please contact the Office of Student Life to initiate the military withdrawal process.
Note: Centenary College will waive the advance notice requirement if such notice is precluded by military necessity (classified mission, operation, or exercise, etc.). The student who did not submit advance notice previously can, subsequently, submit it at the time of readmission. Documentation should attest to uniformed service that necessitated absence from the College.
Students who are returning to Centenary College following Active Duty in the military are eligible for readmission into the same degree major they were pursuing or admitted to pursue at the time they were called to duty. Returning service members will be assigned an academic advisor to ensure completion of degree requirements. Student veterans must notify the Office of Student Life at least 20 business days prior to the beginning of the term for which they intend to enroll. It is recommended that you begin the readmission process at your earliest convenience. Service members readmitted to Centenary College under this procedure will be assessed tuition and fees at the rate of their last attendance or prior offer of admission for one (1) calendar year if they are pursuing the same degree and major. After one (1) calendar year, they are assessed the tuition and fee rates in effect at that time.
Please contact the Office of Veteran Services and be prepared to submit a copy of your DD-214 reflecting honorable discharge. If a veteran fails to apply for readmission within five (5) years after completion of their Active Duty requirement, then the veteran is subject to the institution’s established leave of absence policy and general practices in effect at the time. Centenary College will make a concerted effort to work with the returning veteran on readmission to the institution when circumstances deviate from the norm.
Contact information for the Office of Veteran Services is noted below: Margie Pavlichko Director of Veteran Services Phone: (908) 852-1400, ext. 2318 Fax: (908) 979-4277 Pavlichkom@centenarycollege.edu Hours of Operation Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm EST
Services for Students with Disabilities
Centenary College is committed to full academic participation for persons with disabilities. It is the policy that no qualified person will be excluded from participating in any college program or activity or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any college program or activity. This policy derives from the commitment to non-discrimination for all persons in employment, access to facilities, student programs, activities, and services. Achieving full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires the cooperative efforts of all departments, offices and personnel. To this end, Centenary College continues to strive to achieve excellence in its services and to assure that its services are delivered equitably and efficiently to all members of its campus community. Assurance of equal academic participation rests upon legal foundations established by federal law, specifically the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 including Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. By federal law, a person with a disability is any person who: 1. has a physical or mental impairment; 2. has a record of such impairment; 3. is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning. Any student who has a disability is encouraged to identify him/herself and seek assistance through the Disabilities Services Office.
The Disabilities Services Office
In accordance with federal mandates, Centenary College provides reasonable accommodations and ensures accessibility for all students with disabilities through its Disabilities Services Office (DSO), located in the Harris and Betts Smith Learning Center. We recognize and challenge the potential of every student. Therefore, the mission of our Disabilities Services Office is to provide students with disabilities the necessary tools, reasonable accommodations and support services to participate fully in the academic environment. The staff assists each student to help maximize their potential for success while promoting self-awareness, independence and self-advocacy. Our staff works closely with eligible students to afford each individual equal access to employment, educational opportunities, activities and programs.
What Services are Available?
Services are determined on an individual basis and may include, among others, arranging for academic accommodations such as access to classrooms or extended time testing, provision of note-takers, academic counseling, and/or arranging for auxiliary aides such as books in audio format and specialized computer equipment and software.
Determining Eligibility for Services
Prior to the provision of accommodations and related services, students must self-identify and provide appropriate documentation to the Director of Disability Services. Depending on the nature of the disability and the accommodation requested, the amount of advanced notice may impact upon the college’s ability to provide reasonable accommodations in a timely fashion. For this reason, students are encouraged to arrange for accommodations at the beginning of each semester.
School of International Programs
The School of International Programs serves as a connecting point to meet the needs of international students who enroll in the graduate programs at Centenary College. The School of International Programs assists students in establishing and maintaining their legal status as international students in the United States in compliance with the regulations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; organizes free professional and peer tutoring for international students in all subjects; offers cross-cultural counseling and support in academic and social matters for individuals and small groups; assists students in making arrangements for banking, driver’s licenses, and Social Security identification; coordinates the College-wide voluntary Conversation Partners Program; guides students to internships and community service opportunities; provides academic advising and registration assistance to all international students; serves as a liaison, as needed, between international students and administrative and academic departments of the College; and supports and promotes the activities of Centenary Alumni Association chapters abroad.
Centenary College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and pre-accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Centenary College through its Department of Business Administration has the following degree programs accredited by the IACBE: Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Management, Marketing, and Sports Management. The Bachelor of Social Work Degree is in accreditation candidacy with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). To inquire about the accreditation status of Centenary College's programs, you may contact the above agencies as follows:
Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools 3462 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19101-2680 Telephone: (215) 662-5606
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education PO Box 25217 Overland Park, Kansas 66225 Telephone: (913) 631-3009
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20036 Telephone: (202)223-0077
Council on Social Work Education 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500 Alexandria, VA 22314-3457