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Central College
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  • 4 Year
  • PELLA, IA

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Central College continues to monitor the COVID-19 global pandemic. We keep students, faculty, staff, prospective students and families at the forefront of our decision making. We have protocols in place to keep the Central community safe and healthy. Learn More

Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade A minus
  3. Diversity
    grade B
  4. Campus
    grade B
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B+

About

812 UNIVERSITY ST
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
65%
SAT Range
980-1240
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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Cost

Net Price
$23,343 / 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
$28,754 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
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.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,120 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
43
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
51%
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%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
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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