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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
    A-
Central is an above-average private, Christian college located in Pella, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,204 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Central acceptance rate is 73%. Popular majors include Exercise Physiology, Business, and Biology. Graduating 65% of students, Central alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,800.
About Central College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
812 University St Box 5100
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
73%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
950-1290
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$22,695/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,507/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,661/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,751/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,019/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,619/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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.27 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,204Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
45%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    86%
  • Focused
    7%
  • Vapid
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
63%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.30 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • A great experience!
    50%
  • Small town college
    36%
  • Best in the world.
    7%
  • Boring
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
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
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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!
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Nice teachers just the college is too expensive. No one can afford it at all, I know someone who graduated over 10 years ago and will be paying for another 10!
There is no party scene and not much to do in Pella. Every semester the tuition goes up. There are a lot of nice people there but it just wasn't worth it to me. The teachers will challenge you and expect a lot from you. This is a good school for people looking for the small town and thirty churches vibe.
I enjoy the wonderful student-to-teacher ration at Central College (approximately 10:1) and the various resources available for both academic and personal health, such as the writing center and free mental health counseling services. The dedication to academics exhibited by both students and professors here is truly spectacular as well. However, I would like to see a greater emphasis on diversity and intercultural learning at Central College with more events and classes dedicated to these subjects.