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:32
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,248
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):65%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:1,248 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$34,612
Out-of-state Tuition:$34,612
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$25,183

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Central College Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
Education2
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics3
Health Professions and Related Programs1
History1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences2
Psychology1
Social Sciences5
Visual and Performing Arts3
Grand total35

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Education1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
In-state$34,612
Out-of-state$34,612
Books and supplies$1,253

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$0
Out-of-state$0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid317100%
Grant or scholarship aid317100%$25,183
Student loan aid23574%$8,115

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,21799%$23,338
Federal student loans92075%$7,218

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 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,8991,5732,326
Percent admitted100%72%74%
Percent admitted who enrolled8%10%7%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
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 2017

Total Enrollment1,248
Undergraduate enrollment1,248
Graduate enrollment0

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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The 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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