Skip to main content
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University has evolved from a coeducational preparatory school into a modern, independent, four-year baccalaureate and master-level institution of higher learning. Centenary University has a 150 year tradition of providing high-quality liberal arts and professional studies while helping students gain the skills and connections they need to prosper in today’s world. Our Location Located in the heart of northwest New Jersey’s historic Skylands Region, Centenary is a private, co-educational and close-knit university community — an environment where every professor and staff member is invested in our students’ success. At our main campus in Hackettstown, N.J., national-level equestrian center and off-campus learning centers, we enroll some 1,100 undergraduate students and a nearly equal number of adult and graduate students. Our students pursue their academic interests in bachelor’s, master’s and professional certificate programs. More than half of our full-time professors have earned their PhDs, and our faculty includes prestigious Fulbright Scholars. We Value Service Centenary also upholds a tradition of promoting service to others as a critical component of higher education — a core principle since our founding in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church. We develop professionals that employers desire, and leaders that communities need.The Evolution of Centenary No stranger to change, Centenary evolved from its origin as a coeducational preparatory school to a girls’ preparatory school (1910), a junior college for women (1940), a four-year women’s college (1976), a coeducational baccalaureate-degree-granting institution (1988), a master-degree-granting institution (1995), and now a university (2016). Centenary plays a significant role in providing educational programs to northwest New Jersey. In 1976, Centenary began to offer coeducational degree programs for evening students. True to its Methodist origins, Centenary is proud to bear the distinction of being the first college within the State of New Jersey to require service education as a condition of graduation. Centenary is also proud of its international outreach, with international students from as many as 20 nations providing a distinct international character to the University’s student body. Center for Adult and Professional Studies In 1999, it developed the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), with an off-campus learning center located in Parsippany, New Jersey. This program provided working adults with accelerated degree programs at the undergraduate (BSBA and AA) and Graduate (MBA) levels. School of Professional Studies In 2011, Centenary’s dedication to reaching out to students increased significantly with renaming of the program to the Centenary University School of Professional Studies (CUSPS). This change added a new accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Organizational Studies, and solidified Centenary’s partnerships with area corporations.