What is a Cluster College?

The Centennial College was loosely based on the format of a “cluster college.” A cluster college can be described as a smaller college that operates within a university’s parameters and is associated with the university, but also retains a certain degree of autonomy and tends to specialize in one or few specific fields of study. A cluster college usually has its own curriculum and affiliated courses, but students are encouraged to supplement their curriculum with classes from the larger university, and this is often a necessity.

Cluster colleges often have their own facilities and/or dormitories, as is the case in the Centennial College. Additionally, these spaces may be utilized for multiple purposes. The Centennial College is a prime example of this due to its use of one hall as dormitories, integrated classrooms, and galleries to display student work.