- 4 Year
- PELLA, IA
Central College Reviews
Rating 3.67 out of 5 439 reviews
I really love the size of Central! It's small enough to feel like home but large enough to meet plenty of great people! The town of Pella is quiet but has a lot of nice shops and things to do. Lake Red Rock is a beautiful place to spend some time outside.
The academic side of the college is good. Many teachers are willing to help and offer plenty of time for helping students. However, the college's rules are not strictly enforced when it comes to the health of the students during Covid-19.
I like the small size of the college because everything is within walking distance. However, I would like the residence hall rules to be enforced more.
Professors do their best to work with students, and are still able to educate their students adequately.
Central is an ok school. The academics are adequate for a school this size. However, the school requires that you live on campus for all four years. In the dorms you are treated as a child instead of an adult.
I absolutely love everything about central college! It is a place where everyone wants to welcome you to the Dutch family, and ultimately wants you to succeed. All of your professors give you their personal phone numbers because they want you to be able to reach them at any time you need help. I could walk into their office at any time just to talk about the weekend and they would appreciate it. Literally everyone that works there is devoted to you. The only think that I don't love is the meal plans. They only have a certain number of meals that you can get (19/week), which is more than enough for anyone, but at some schools, they have unlimited meals on the meal plans, which I think would be nice. This however, pales in comparison to the overall experience I have had so far at the school, and it is no wonder that everyone that goes on a visit to central compares every other school to us. Go Dutch!
The only online learning I have done, was when we got sent home last year after spring break. This online learning experience was alright, considering a lot of my classes hinged on hands on experiences in labs and experiments. I just missed being at school so much that I despised the online learning. My professors made the most out of the situation though. They spent the entire week of spring break and the next week getting trained on learning over zoom and how to keep it interesting for the students. Some of my professors would even go as far to record lectures ahead of time and then we would be able to spend the whole actual class period asking questions and doing example problems. This type of learning was very beneficial to my success in the classes. The only reason that I am giving the school three stars in this section is because I really just loved being at school so much that doing school at home just, for a lack of better words, sucked.
During the Spring of 2020, I took online classes through Central College, as did every other student in the country due to Covid-19. While I am sure it was a difficult transformation for the professors, I believe they did a great job in understanding that it would be a different situation for everyone. For one of my classes, the professor simply said the lectures were optional and we had no new material to learn. For another class, my professor gave out "pop quizzes" but made sure everyone had plenty of time to do it even if slow internet was a problem.
I like the community and friendliness that you see on campus every day. One thing that could be worked on was the food quality and diversity.
Central's campus has an amazing home feeling everywhere you go on campus. With Central being as small as it is each Professor will go out of his or her way to make sure that you succeed and show your full potential in and out of the classroom.
Central has made a motion to have every student in the classroom at all possible. When a student tests positive or has been exposed to COVID, Central's team does an amazing job making sure that their online experience is as great of an experience as in the classroom.
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.
During the spring semester of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic hit and halfway through the semester, all classes transferred to online learning done through zoom meetings. It was a tough adjustment for not only the students, but also the faculty and staff. A lot of classes became trial and error through zoom (the online video chat platform that we used to meet), blackboard (the website that has our grades, assignments, etc., and google documents.
My experience with central was subtle but it was still enough to see and understand that the school is very welcoming to incoming students regardless of race, age,religion, and sexuality. Being such a welcoming school allows students to be more comfortable and adjust to the new area without feeling like an outsider.
My first month I honestly hated it here but then I got out and met people. Almost everyone on campus is friendly and it's more than likely you'll take classes with a lot of your friends!. Campus is the perfect size so I felt like I was at home. I love it here!
The community and campus give a welcoming feeling. You find your place at Central College. Anyone is willing to help you in anyway. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get help. There are plenty of friendly faces, and you won't fall without someone to help you get back up. Everyone helps everyone out, whether that is students, professors, or other faculty. It really is one big community.
I love how easy it is to get involved at Central, in sports, music, and clubs. There are many events going on every weekend which make it hard to go home at breaks.
They have a very fun, welcoming and family oriented environment. This led me to choose Central College. It is overall an amazing school.
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.
Central is an incredibly homey experience. You are included and accepted. As an RA on campus, I had the ability to meet so many people while also being involved in many activities.