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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
812 University
Pella, IA 50219
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
American Rivers Conference
From Central College

Central College is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character development, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,100 students. Central welcomes all with open arms, offers courses and experiences that open minds and opens doors for a lifetime. Students can choose from dozens of academic programs, including majors, minors and pre-professional advising. With an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, students enjoy a personalized teaching and mentoring environment. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and 92% of students who graduate from Central do so within four years.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
70%
SAT Range
920-1180
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$22,753/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,794/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
89%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Engineering at Central College

Today’s engineering careers demand not only technical knowledge but creativity, versatility and great communication skills. Central College’s engineering degree is designed to be completed in four years and readies you for a rewarding career at the interface of mechanical and electrical engineering.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    5%
  • On Campus
    95%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,077Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
40
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
46%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
  • Friendly
    80%
  • Focused
    7%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Vapid
    7%

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.31 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
  • A great experience!
    53%
  • Small town college
    33%
  • Best in the world.
    7%
  • Boring
    7%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $44,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    72%
    National
    49%
    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

    431 reviews
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    I love the visit! It honestly feels like home. The professors are very knowledgeable and confident about what they teach. In addition, the student life is fantastic because it is so easy to make friends and to adjust to student life. Another reason is that the faculty/admissions is supporting and willing to help any student. They take you step by step through financial and academic help. I cannot wait to adapt to the new student life in 2020, to make new friends, and pursue my academic career.
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    Love this place, can't wait to attend this fall! Everyone there is super friendly, the professors actually care about you and your work. They care about a lot, have fun activities and arent a party school, which was really important to me. The students are hard workers and really nice to everyone, and the admissions counselors are amazing! Everyone is kind and helpful and they make you feel at home. It can feel like they are a little expensive but they give you a ton of opportunities for scholarships! They even have a scholar day where you can earn even more money for college!
    I know this statement may sound relatively stereotypical, but I say it with complete honesty: Attending Central College was one of the best choices I have ever made. I am someone who learns best in a small classroom setting where I have the ability to ask questions and engage in meaningful conversation. Central provided me with the ability to do so and to get to not only know my professors, but develop professional relationships with them. The faculty at Central care about your development not only in the classroom, but in life as well. Central College is the place where strangers smile as they walk by and they ask you how you are. There's a strong sense of community. The campus itself is beautiful (but in the spring, watch out for the geese, those things are mean). All in all if you are someone that thrives in a small school and caring community, I would recommend looking at Central.