Centenary University

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Centenary University
Type Private Liberal Arts College
Established 1867
Affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $10.7 million (2016)[1]
President David P. Haney[2]
Academic staff
73 full-time[citation needed]
Undergraduates 1,708[citation needed]
Location Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Campus 42 acres (Main Campus),
65 acres (Equestrian Center)
Colors Centenary Blue and Grey
Mascot Cyclone
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III
Website centenaryuniversity.edu

Centenary University 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).[3] 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.[4]

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.


Main campus and learning centers[edit]

Centenary University 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.[edit]

This is the main campus of Centenary University 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.


  • 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 – Co-ed (Male and female only floors)
  • Washabaugh – Co-ed (Male and female only floors)

Equestrian Center – 12–56 Califon Road, Long Valley, NJ.[edit]

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.

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.[7]

Parsippany Center – 300 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ.[edit]

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.

Edison Center – 333 Thornall Street, Edison, NJ.[edit]

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.


Centenary University 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.[8]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). NACUBO.org. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "President's Office – Centenary University". Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Centenary College History". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1890 Centenary Collegiate Institute". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.nasdtec.org
  6. ^ http://www.teac.org
  7. ^ http://www.centenarycollege.edu/cms/?id=1377[permanent dead link] "In 2007 Centenary Equestrian Center hosted the American National Riding Commission Championships, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone Finals, and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Championships."
  8. ^ http://www.aqha.com/showing/news/TopStories%20misc/ihsa2009results.html[permanent dead link] "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.
  9. ^ "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."
  10. ^ "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."
  11. ^ "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."
  12. ^ Assemblyman Gail Phoebus, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 19, 2016.

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