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Centenary University is committed to you.

At Centenary University, you will be much more than just another student. You will be a member of a tight-knit community of scholars. Our faculty, staff, and students are all fully invested in each other’s academic and career success.

We offer “big university” opportunities with a small-school philosophy that provides individualized attention for each and every student. As a result of our collaborative approach to learning, Centenary boasts the second-highest four-year graduation rate among all private universities in New Jersey. 

With 59 career-focused programs of study, Centenary likely has a program that fits your academic and career aspirations. With our generous financial aid, we can help ensure that a college degree is well within your reach.

While most undergraduate students apply in the fall or winter for the following academic year, Centenary offers a rolling admissions process that allows you to apply at any time. When you are ready, we are ready to show you why Centenary is the right fit for a successful future.

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Reasons to Choose Centenary

Education doesn't need to be institutional.
You won’t find lecture halls or courses being taught by teaching assistants here. Centenary professors teach all courses, with a focus on creating a collaborative and inclusive learning environment. Our students are an active and integral part of the process. You won’t have to wait to pursue your passion either; you’ll take courses for your major during your first semester.

You need to develop your individual talents and interests.
Leadership opportunities, such as NCAA Division III athletics and more than 30 clubs and student organizations, allow you to grow and stand out. Centenary students in the Enactus program apply business principles they’ve learned in class to help solve real-life issues. Recently they went to Guapi, Columbia to assist those in need by helping local artisans establish a sustainable business.

A safe and supportive environment is important to learning.
Our safe, 107-acre campus features a diverse community of welcoming students who’ll make you feel right at home. We strongly encourage you to visit the beautiful campus in Hackettstown, New Jersey. There’s really no better way to realize the opportunities that await you than to see for yourself with your own eyes.

A well-rounded education should be affordable.
We prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow through a diverse liberal arts education. With many scholarships, awards, and grants available, Centenary is likely more affordable than you think.

Personalized education is important.
With a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, our small, private, non-profit university ensures you’ll receive individual attention from professors and staff who truly care. You are a person, never a number.

Applying course concepts to real life helps you learn.
Hands-on learning, from professors with real-world expertise, is essential to gaining knowledge that you can put to use when you graduate. Our strong Career Development Center offers amazing internships that assist you in finding a job after graduation.

Applying to Centenary

Centenary University has a student-friendly application process so that you can focus on the most important part of your college search — picking the school that is the best fit for you.

We offer both Early Action and Regular Decision processes for students applying for fall admission. In most cases, students receive an admissions decision within two weeks of Centenary receiving the application and other required documents.

Our admissions counselors are always ready to answer questions that you may have about the application process or about why Centenary is a wonderful place to continue your education.

Apply With the Centenary University Application
Apply With the Common Application

Application Requirements

Students may complete either Centenary’s online application or the Common Application. In addition to your application, we will need:

  • Your official high school transcript
  • Your official SAT or ACT scores
  • A 250-word essay (Recommended, not required)
  • A teacher or guidance counselor recommendation (Recommended, not required)

Admission Deadlines

Early Action
Students interested in receiving an early admission decision to Centenary University for the fall semester can choose to apply for “Early Action” by indicating so on either their Common Application or Centenary’s online application. To receive an early admission decision, all required application documents must be received in the Office of Admissions by Nov. 1. Early Action is a non-binding agreement. It gives you an early response to your application, but you do not have to commit to attending Centenary until you are ready.

Regular Decision
Regular Decision is available for students applying for the fall semester beginning Nov. 2. All applications are evaluated on a rolling basis once required documents have been received. Students receive an admissions decision within two weeks of Centenary receiving the application and other required documents.

While most students apply in the fall or winter for the following fall semester, our rolling admissions process allows you to apply at any time prior to the beginning of the semester.

To check on the status of your application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 908-852-1400.

Review Financial Aid

Centenary will begin to review your financial aid once you have been admitted. To ensure that we’re able to process your financial aid package in a timely manner, please include Centenary’s school code (002599) on your FAFSA. If you are not completing the FAFSA, please notify our Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

In an effort to reward outstanding academic achievement, Centenary has established a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize our incoming students. Although many Centenary students demonstrate financial need, these awards are based solely on academic achievement and promise for excellent scholarship at Centenary. All students who apply for admission to Centenary University are considered for these awards.

Students remain eligible for their Admission Scholarships and Awards as long as they maintain continuous full-time enrollment and meet the minimum standards for satisfactory academic progress.

Award Annual Amount Semester Amount

Cumulative College GPA

Founders Scholarship $25,000 $12,500 3.8
Faculty Scholarship $20,000 $10,000 3.3
George Whitney Scholarship $15,000 $7,500 2.8
Achievement Award $13,000 $6,500 2.4
Recognition Award $11,500 $5,750 Below 2.4

Submit Deposit & Register

Decided that Centenary is the perfect place for you? Congratulations! You can confirm your enrollment by submitting a deposit at Centenaryuniversity.edu/tuitionpayment

Commuter students should submit a $100 enrollment deposit, and resident students should submit a $300 deposit ($100 enrollment deposit, plus $200 housing deposit).

After submitting your deposit you’ll be able to register for classes for the upcoming semester. An academic advisor will meet with you personally to review your degree sequence and plan your courses. While you can register any time before the start of classes, we recommend completing this step during Advising Days in May and June to ensure that there is plenty of space in the courses you wish to take.

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