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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 is a private, religious school in the town of Pella, Iowa. Central College was founded in 1853. The college enrolls around 1,120 students a year, including 1,120 undergrads.

Central College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Central College. In 2022, Central College accepted 64% of applicants. In 2022, 1,490 out of 2,340 total applicants were accepted.

Central College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Test Optional May require tests

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Central College is locatedin Pella, Iowa, near the city of Des Moines and Iowa.

If you would like 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.

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Central College Application Deadline

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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.

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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.


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