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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 School for Professional Studies (SPS), orginally known as the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), an accelerated degree program at both the baccalaureate and master level designed 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 (now the School 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 Leadership and Public Administration, a Master of Arts (MA) in Education: Educational Leadership, an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Practice, and a Master of Education (MEd) in Reading. All of the graduate programs are coeducational.


Students discover that Centenary professors are, above all, dedicated teachers. Full professors, department chairpersons, as well as newer faculty members, all teach classes from the Freshman through the Senior level 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.


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 professional 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.

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 and 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 programs 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.


Centenary College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Centenary College’s Department of Business Administration has the following degree programs accredited by 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. Centenary College’s Education Department has the following programs accredited by TEAC: the Undergraduate Teacher Certification Programs and the Master of Arts in Special Education. The Bachelor of Social Work Degree is accredited by 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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