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Central College

Pella, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate79%

Central College Admissions

Central College is moderately difficult to get into. The college admitted 79% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 1,970 students applied to Central College and 1,561 were admitted.

If you are applying to Central College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/1 and the application fee costs $25.

Students who apply to Central College for fall semester should hear back from Central College by August 1.

Central College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Central College's admissions stats.

Central College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 21%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist No

Central College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Central College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1 August 1

Want to Apply Early to Central College?

Central College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Central College Admissions

How To Get Into Central College

Central College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Central College has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2022, Central College accepted 79% of students, approximately 1,561 of the 1,970 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Central College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Central College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Central College

Central College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Central College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Central College

Wondering what factors are considered by Central College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Central College for more information on admission factors.

Central College Application Requirements

To apply to Central College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Central College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.7
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Central College?

Students admitted to Central College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. At Central College 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 84% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Central College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 20.06%
3.75 and 3.99 30.09%
3.50 and 3.74 17.19%
3.25 and 3.49 15.47%
3.00 and 3.24 8.6%
2.50 and 2.9 8.02%
2.00 and 2.49 0.57%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Central College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Central College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to Central College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Central College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Central College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Central College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Central College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Central College.

Does Central College accept transfer credits?

✅ Central College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Central College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Central College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Central College?

✅ Central College is not test optional.

What is Central College's acceptance rate?

✅ Central College's acceptance rate is 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Central College?

❌ Central College does not offer early decision.

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Central College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Central College? Central College is a somewhat selective institution. The Central College acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


Central College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Central College is Aug 1.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Central College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Central College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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

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