B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Central College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Calvinist/Reformed
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
812 University
Pella, IA 50219

Central College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Scores Range
910-1100
ACT Scores Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Central College

Cost

Net Price
$22,510/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,741/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,983/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,443/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,115/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,896/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
92%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,365Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
39%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    83%
  • Focused
    8%
  • Vapid
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
61%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.28 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • A great experience!
    50%
  • Small town college
    33%
  • Best in the world.
    8%
  • Boring
    8%

After Central College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Central College Reviews

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Central is located in an amazing town! Pella is a cute little Dutch town with an exciting festival every May. Pella is completely safe and everyone is very nice. All of the professors love meeting with students individually and are interested in your personal growth. The only downside is Pella is a small town, so there isn't always a lot to do, but with Des Moines close by something fun is just a short drive away.
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Central College provides a great liberal arts experience. It's big enough that you don't know everyone, but you still recognize a few friendly faces on your walk to class. The professors are great and take the time to get to know each of the students in their class. This makes it much easier to ask questions and get help outside of class. There is also a great tutoring and writing center available for additional help. Central provides a variety of activities and groups for students to get involved in. Being in the middle of Iowa, this school is lacking a bit in diversity but is very intentional with it's programming to raise awareness about different issues. Central College could benefit from more student involvement in planned programming. There are many great events planned, but the student turnout is often low.
Okay, I'm stepping into controversial waters here. I'll do my best to explain.

First off, CUIFS is not that bad. I'll admit that it's not excellent, but they usually have a good variety of choices. Overall, the food is pretty good. You have a handful of different stations to go to and the pizza is pretty good. However, the breakfast options are nearly always the same. The donuts are amazing though.

Fred's is probably the greatest place to eat, since you get to build your own burgers, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. There are smoothies, snacks, candy, and you can special order almost anything for meals

The cafe is pretty neat as well. It's like a lower-class Starbucks. You can get breakfast and lunch there as well.

For meal plans you can choose a 14-meals plan or a 21-meals plan. You can only use 4 a day, and you can't use more than 2 a meal. They do not roll over, and renew every sunday night, so you need to use all of them to get your money's worth. You can use excess meal plans at Fred's if you want to stock up on snacks! Very helpful if you haven't reached your max of 4 that day.