Centenary College of New Jersey

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Centenary College
Established 1867
Type Private Liberal Arts College
Affiliation United Methodist Church
President Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite[1]
Academic staff
73 full-time
Undergraduates 1,708
Location Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA
Campus 42 acres (Main Campus),
65 acres (Equestrian Center)
Athletics 14 teams (NCAA Div III)
Colors Centenary Blue and Grey
Mascot Cyclone
Website www.centenarycollege.edu

Centenary College was founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church. Centenary has evolved from a coeducational preparatory school to a girls' preparatory school (1910), to a Junior college for women (1940), to a four-year women's college (1976), to a coeducational baccalaureate-degree-granting institution (1988) and finally to a master-degree-granting institution (1995).[2] In 1999, Centenary founded the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) program. In 2011, the program was renamed the School of Professional Studies (SPS). Centenary's main campus is located in Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States.


Centenary was founded as the Centenary Collegiate Institute by the Newark Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867 with Johnathan Townley Crane as one of the founders. It was built at a cost of $200,000. George H. Whitney, D.D., was president from 1869 to 1895.[3]

In 1998, trees knocked over by intense winds caused extensive damage to two dorm halls: Smith and Lotte Hall. Both structures were salvaged and continue to operate.


Centenary offers undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2012, Centenary reported enrollment of 1,340 traditional full-time and 110 part-time undergraduate students, and 1,126 adult accelerated and graduate students.

Centenary was the first college in the State of New Jersey to require service education as a condition of graduation. International students from twenty different countries come to Centenary to complete their post-secondary education.

Centenary is located in a suburban setting in Warren County, New Jersey, in the Kittatinny Mountains, 52 miles west of New York City, 35 miles south of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and 26 miles northeast of Easton, PA and the Lehigh Valley.


  • Centenary College is a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Centenary is also accredited by the National Association of State Directors for Teacher Education and Certification.[4]

Main Campus and Learning Centers

Centenary College Main campus is located in Hackettstown, New Jersey. The Centenary Equestrian Center located in Long Valley, New Jersey provides riding and education facilities for its Equine Studies Department. The college also operates two satellite learning centers located in Parsippany, New Jersey and Edison, New Jersey to service its adult student programs.

Hackettstown Campus - 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

This is the main campus of Centenary College and location to most of Centenary's academic, administrative, athletic and collegiate activities, as well as housing for its undergraduate students. It consists of ten main buildings and eight residence buildings. Get directions from Google Maps.


  • Seay Building - Classrooms, Hendricks Chapel, Student Activities Center, Little Theater, Main College Offices; Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Bursar, Campus Life, College Relations, Financial Aid, Health Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, President's Office.
  • Brotherton Hall - Professor offices, Classrooms.
  • Ferry Building - Classrooms and offices; Student Activities, Campus Ministry Commuter Council.
  • Harris & Betts Smith Learning Center - Academic Success Center, Student Veterans Organization, Classrooms.
  • Littell Technology Center - Classrooms, Graphics Department, ENACTUS office.
  • Lackland Center - Classrooms, Dance Studio, Dining Center, Theaters, TV studio, WNTI Radio station.
  • Reeves Gymnasium - Athletics Department, Gym, Pool, Weight Room, Wrestling Center.
  • Smith Hall - International Studies Department.
  • Taylor Memorial Library - Library, Print Shop, Coffee Bar.
  • Trevorrow - Science and Fine Art Building; Classrooms, Labs, Fashion Department, Science Department.

Residence Halls:

  • Anderson - Co-ed (Male and female only floors)
  • Bennett-Smith - Apartments (Co-ed floors, male and female only suites)
  • Founders - Apartments (Co-ed floors, male and female only suites)
  • Lotte - Co-ed (male and female floors)
  • Reeves - Freshmen only
  • Smith - International & Freshmen only
  • Van Winkle - Women only
  • Washabaugh - Co-ed (Male and female only floors)

Equestrian Center - 12-56 Califon Road, Long Valley, NJ.

The Equestrian Center is located in Long Valley, New Jersey. It consists of several large paddocks, an outdoor eventing course, two indoor arenas and one outdoor arena. The Equestrian Center sits on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land. Get directions from Google Maps.

In 2007 and 2012 Centenary Equestrian Center hosted the American National Riding Commission Championships, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone Finals, and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Championships.[6]

Parsippany Center - 300 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ.

Home to Centenary's School of Professional Studies faculty and staff. Classes take place in the evening. Parsippany boasts a small cafe, offices for staff, a student computer lab, a student workroom, and 13 classrooms operating with a broadband WiFi network. Get directions from Google Maps.

Edison Center - 333 Thornall Street, Edison, NJ.

The Edison office serves as a satellite location for the Centenary School of Professional Studies. This location consists of six classrooms, two offices, a small conference room, a small dinette, a student work room, and a wireless broadband network. The building complex host a cafeteria and ample parking. Get directions from Google Maps.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate (A.A.)

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate (B.A., B.S.)

Accounting | Art and Design | Biology | Business Administration | Communication | Criminal Justice | Education | English | Environmental Science | Equine Studies | Fashion | Global Studies | Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts | History | Political and Governmental Affairs | Psychology | Social Work | Sociology | Theater Arts

Undergraduate Certification Programs

Criminalistics | Teacher of Students with Disabilities | Therapeutic Riding Instruction

Graduate Programs (M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.L.P.A.)

Counseling | Education | Leadership and Public Administration | MBA

Graduate Certification Programs

NJ Teaching Supervisor Licensure | Teacher of Students with Disabilities | Student Assistance Coordinator


Centenary College teams participate in 14 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. The Cyclones joined the Colonial States Athletic Conference for the 2007-08 season, after having been a member of the Skyline Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. Students enrolled in the college's Equine programs may participate in competitions through intercollegiate organizations such as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the Intercollegiate Dressage Association, or with the Hunter/Jumper's Club.

Noted Athletic Achievements: In 2009 Centenary's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team won the National Championships in Murfreesboro, TN. Lindsay Clark, a Centenary Student, also won the USEF/Cacchione Cup.[7]

The 2010 women's soccer team won the CSAC Championship, earning them an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 2013 men's soccer team replicated this feat.

Notable Alumni

  • Bette Cooper (born 1920), Miss America 1937.[8]
  • Debbie Harry (born 1945), lead singer of Blondie.[9]
  • Cole Kimball (born 1985), pitcher drafted by the Washington Nationals.[10]
  • Carol McCain (born 1937 or 1938), Former wife of U.S. Senator and former 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain.
  • Bill Farina (born 1974), a world-renowned puppeteer and interpretive dancer. Class of 1997
  • Arvin Lal (born 1985), founder and CEO of Beyond Genetics Supplements, which is known for its supplements called SHREDZ. Beyond Genetics Supplements is on track to generate annual revenues of $20 million for 2014.
  • Michael Lombardi (Born 1972), founder of international firm More Than Prints, class of 1995.
  • Arden Davis Melick (class of 1960), author of "Wives of the Presidents", Advertising Hall of Fame.


  1. "Centenary College Leadership". Centenary College. Archived from the original on October 27, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. "Centenary College History". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  3. "1890 Centenary Collegiate Institute". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  4. http://www.nasdtec.org
  5. http://www.teac.org
  6. http://www.centenarycollege.edu/cms/?id=1377 "In 2007 Centenary Equestrian Center hosted the American National Riding Commission Championships, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone Finals, and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Championships."
  7. http://www.aqha.com/showing/news/TopStories%20misc/ihsa2009results.html "In 2009 Centenary's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team won the National Championships in Murfreesboro, TN. Lindsay Clark, a Centenary Student, also won the USEF/Cacchione Cup.
  8. "SORORITIES ADMIT 85 AT CENTENARY JUNIOR; Majority of Students Named to Three Societies Are From New York Area", The New York Times, November 21, 1937. Accessed December 6, 2007. "Miss Bette Cooper of this community, who was chosen Miss America for 1937 at the Atlantic City beauty contest in September, is a new member of Delta Sigma Sigma."
  9. "Centenary College Honors Deborah Harry as a Distinguished Alumna", Centenary College of New Jersey press release dated October 24, 2007. Accessed March 20, 2010. "Deborah Ann Harry, Class of 1965, is a singer, songwriter, and actress."
  10. "Centenary’s Kimball Chosen by Nationals in 12th Round.", Centenary College of New Jersey press release dated July 7, 2006. Accessed January 13, 2008. "A graduate of Hackettstown High School, and a resident of Great Meadows NJ, Centenary has been a terrific fit for Cole’s most recent two seasons."

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Coordinates: 40°50′53″N 74°50′02″W / 40.848°N 74.834°W / 40.848; -74.834