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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.

A 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 (CCSPS), 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.

By 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. 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.

Vision Statement

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Campus Ministry

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.

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.

Counseling Center

Centenary College offers all students the opportunity to participate in individual counseling with a professional counselor. Group counseling is also offered as needed. Whether students are having difficulty adjusting to college or experiencing uncertainty or lack of direction in certain aspects of their life, counseling can help them develop decision making skills that can be helpful. The Counseling Center is actively involved in many facets of campus life, including the Residence Life Program, the Fresh Start Program, New Student Orientation, and faculty and staff and student education in the area of mental health issues. Educational programs dealing with such topics as Wellness, Eating Disorders, Issues of Diversity, Substance Abuse, and Dating Violence are sponsored by the counseling department on an ongoing basis. Counseling services are available without charge and all sessions are strictly confidential. Referrals may be made to professionals or agencies in the community for long-term counseling. Ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers are strictly maintained.

Food Service

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.

Health 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.

Career Center

The goal of the Career Center is to assist students in connecting academic, co-curricular, and vocational experiences in a meaningful way, leading to successful employment following graduation. Students should begin using the Career Center throughout their academic career at Centenary. The Career Center also works with Centenary Alumni providing professional and career development services.

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 employability 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 Center webpage. The Student Employment program is also operated by the Careeer Center, providing part-time on-campus employment opportunities for students.

There are numerous workshops,information sessions, and lectures during the academic year to help students fine-tune their job searches and professional skills. The Career Center also hosts annual career fairs open to students, alumni, and the local community.

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

The University Senate of the United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203
Telephone: (615)340-7399

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

PO Box 25217
Overland Park, Kansas 66225
Telephone: (913) 631-3009

Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Willard Hall Education Building, Suite 101
Newark, DE 19716
Telephone: (302) 831-0400

Council on Social Work Education

1725 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

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