November 30, 2018

Two websites include Centenary in national listings of excellent colleges in the Northeast

Hackettstown, N.J., Nov. 30, 2018—Centenary University has been named a Hidden Gem of the Northeast by two national ranking websites this fall. The latest came in early November, when selected Centenary as one of just two New Jersey universities for its Hidden Gems of the Northeast listing.

The annual list published by recognizes small universities that offer outstanding academics and superb opportunities, but are sometimes overshadowed by larger institutions. The website notes that large, well-known universities often can’t provide each student with individual attention. This year’s list includes colleges with student bodies between 1,000 and 4,000, and student-to-faculty ratios that are less than 20:1.

“These schools are off the beaten path for many students,” explained Rowan Jones, lead researcher and writer of the latest ranking from, which collects data about colleges and universities from highly-respected sources to share with students and their families. “Some may be less ‘hidden’ than others, but all provide more support and attention than any large, public, state school with a massive student body could provide. These would truly be a gem in any college student’s life.”

Earlier this fall, College Raptor named Centenary to its 2019 list of Hidden Gems in the Northeast, the second consecutive year the University was included in this national ranking. Robert L. Miller, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Centenary, said today’s students are increasingly recognizing the benefits of attending a small university like Centenary, which recorded a 15% increase in freshman enrollment this fall. “More and more students and their parents are recognizing Centenary’s commitment to each student’s success, providing a challenging academic environment, while at the same time offering the support needed to succeed,” Miller explained. “Combined with a rich co-curricular experience and an affordable price, Centenary is the right choice for many students.”


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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