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Central College Student Life

Central College is on a 200-acre campus in a small town setting in Pella, Iowa, not far from Des Moines and Iowa. There are many activities and organizations for Central College students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, , and more.

Central College does not have fraternities or sororities.

Central College has a thriving Academic Honorary Associations and Health Professions Club. In fact, more students participate in Academic Honorary Associations and Health Professions Club than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Central College include Music Ensembles, Campus Ministries, Student Senate and Students Concerned About the Environment (SCATE).

Central College students' favorite campus traditions are Annual Lemming Race, Breakfast of Champions and Candlelight Christmas Concert.

Central College Housing

Central College offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through senior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of Central College students live on campus. In 2021, 96% of undergrads at Central College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 4% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Central College. There are 1,405 spots available in on-campus housing for all 1,120 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 1,114 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 76% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Central College offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Safety at Central College

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Central College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Central College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Central College offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Central College

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Central College, take Highway 163, Interstate 80 to Pella, IA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Des Moines International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Iowa you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Central College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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