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Central College

Pella, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate64%
Acceptance Rate64%

About Central College

Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, its leadership formation and, most importantly, for its work creating genuine connections among students, faculty, coaches and alumni that help graduates realize their career aspirations for a lifetime. We are steadfastly dedicated to cultivating diversity of thought and culture through the arts and sciences, professional fields of study and experiential learning. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,120 students with diverse perspectives. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference.

Central College Overview

Central College is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Pella, Iowa. Central College was founded in 1853 and enrolls 1,120 undergrads and no graduate students. Central College ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,405 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 76% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Involvement at Central College

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Central College's theater groups.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Central College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Central College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Central College on the Student Life page.

2022 Central College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Tuition $19,250
Percent of Need Met 75%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $16,138

Is Central College a Good School?


There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better look at what Central College offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

Central College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Central College. The acceptance rate at Central College is 64%. Last year, 2,340 students applied to Central College and 1,490 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 73% of students who start at Central College come back the next year. 68% of Central College undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Central College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 54% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent Central College grads is $45,604 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Central College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Central College's endowment was valued at $79.5 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Central College spends about $15,106 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Central College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Central College meets 75% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Central College full-time are awarded $16,138 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $46,743 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Central College.

Based on this information, does Central College seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Central College a good school for you?

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Where is Central College?

Central College is located in the small town setting of Pella, Iowa, less than an hour from Des Moines and Iowa.

If you want to see Central College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 163, Interstate 80 to Pella, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Des Moines International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Central College and Pella are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Central College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Central College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Central College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Central College ACT Scores

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Central College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$31,125

In State

$31,125

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$19,250
$19,250
Fees
Unknown
Unknown
Housing
$10,552
$10,552
Books
$1,323
$1,323

Student Life

Wondering what life at Central College is like? There are approximately 1,120 students enrolled at Central College. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 70% percent are from IA and 30% percent of students are from other states.

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

70%

In State

30%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,120

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

64%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$19,250

Out-of-State

$19,250

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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