In 1867, the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church established Centenary College, a then co-educational preparatory school. Following its inception, the school underwent several transformations; becoming a girls’ preparatory school in 1910, a women’s college in 1976, and finally a co-educational undergraduate and masters degree granting institution in 1995. Centenary University’s campus extends over 40 acres, it has an equestrian centre with seven buildings on an additional 65 acres and two off-campus learning sites.
There are over 2,000 students enrolled at Centenary University. Their international students hail from as many as 20 different nations, making for a culturally diverse, and welcoming student population. In its efforts to develop a community of global citizens, Centenary University students are required to perform community service during their time at the university. Additionally, The Career Development Center, through one-on-one counselling, groups sessions, and mock interviews, strives to mould students into exemplary professionals. There are a high number of clubs and organisations, such as Film Club, the First Ladies group, and Athletics, for an equally fulfilling social component to students’ academic endeavours.