Central College

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School Overview

Central College is a privately owned and operated four-year liberal art college located on a 130-acre campus in Pella, Iowa. The college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America but accepts students from diverse backgrounds and religious faiths. Total annual enrollment at Central is roughly 1,600 undergraduate students. The college has an excellent undergraduate academic program and is well known for its superb study abroad program.

General Information

Admission Office

812 University Street

Pella, IA 50219-1999

(641) 628-5286

(877) 462-3687

Fax: (641) 628-5316



Contact: Carol Williamson

Dean of Admission
Main Address

812 University Street

Pella, IA 50219

(877) 462-3687

www.central.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 1,558

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 405

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,445

Setting

Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 77%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%


College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
International Business B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Education

Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Central College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (877) 462-3687
Website: www.central.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.central.edu/admission/forms/apply/
Address: 812 University, Pella, IA 50219
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,117
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 65%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,061 (95% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $37,296
Out-of-state Tuition: $37,296
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $27,794

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Central College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Central College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 2
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 5
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 35

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Central College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $37,296
Out-of-state $37,296
Books and supplies $1,323

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 322 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 322 100% $27,794
Student loan aid 269 84% $7,564

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,192 96% $25,650
Federal student loans 941 76% $7,057

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Central College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Central College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,772 1,262 1,510
Percent admitted 100% 69% 71%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 10% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Central College Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 1,117
Undergraduate enrollment 1,117
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Central College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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