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Centenary University rises in higher education rankings

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Centenary University received high reviews from two well-known college ranking sources, achieving outstanding marks for social mobility, online business programs, and overall excellence.

“This recognition reinforces Centenary’s excellent reputation, underscoring the things students value most about the University,” noted Amy D’Olivo, vice president for academic affairs. “With generous financial aid packages, as well as ample academic and career support, Centenary offers an educational experience that elevates the career goals of each and every student.”

In this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings, Centenary placed 34th among Top Performers on Social Mobility—Regional Universities North. New in 2020, this category recognizes schools that are successful in advancing the social mobility of economically challenged students through programs that support retention and, ultimately, lead to higher graduation rates. Centenary placed sixth among the 11 New Jersey universities ranked in this category.

Centenary also climbed 23 places in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges—Regional Universities North category, placing 119th overall and eighth in New Jersey.

In addition, Centenary is the only New Jersey institution included in’s listing of the Best Online Business Degree Programs, spotlighting 50 online programs across the nation. The annual ranking recognizes universities for high quality business programs that are accessible and affordable. Centenary was cited for its flexible online and blended programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, including accounting and business administration degrees with concentrations in areas such as data analytics, management, and social media marketing.

Centenary was founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, its 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, NJ, 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.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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