Central College

812 University, Pella, IA 50219
Tel: (877)462-3687
Private not-for-profit | 1,486 students
Central College, located in Pella, Iowa, is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.

School Overview:

Central College
CountyMarion County, IA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
117 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,486 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,461 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
25 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted65%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)460-550450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)470-570460-573
ACT English (25-75%)20-2619-25
ACT Math (25-75%)21-2618-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)21-2620-25

School Notes:

  • Central College offers 39 majors and pre-professional programs and advising. Pre-professional programs include architecture, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, ministry, optometry, physical therapy and veterinary medicine.
  • U.S.News and World report ranks Central College among the top liberal arts colleges and Central's study abroad program as a "program to look for."
  • Nealy 50 percent of Central College students study one or two semesters abroad before graduation in one of Central's eight programs in Vienna, Austria; Hangzhou, China; London, England; Paris, France; Merida, Mexico; Leiden, the Netherlands; Granada, Spain; and Bangor, Wales. Service-learning and internship opportunities are available. Or, participate in Central's metropolitan programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
  • Central is affiliated with the National Collegiate Aghletic Association (Division III) and Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Conference for men and women. Central fields 19 varsity teams. The Dutch have won 11 NCAA Division III national championships in six sports.
  • There are over 80 clubs and organizations on campus ... something for everyone.
  • Central is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of North Central Association, Iowa Department of Public Instruction, AACTE, National Association of Schools of Music and the American Chemical Society.
  • Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a picturesque community of 10,000 set amid gently rolling hills 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. Pella was once described by a magazine writer as "European." Its flower-lined streets, distinctive Dutch architecture, charming retail shops, and famous bakeries attract tourists from around the world.
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