Tuition & Fees

$34,612

$34,612

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
20%
500-599
40%
400-499
20%
300-399
20%
600-699
30%
500-599
30%
400-499
40%
30-36
13%
24-29
30%
18-23
43%
12-17
14%
30-36
6%
24-29
36%
18-23
44%
12-17
14%
30-36
10%
24-29
37%
18-23
47%
12-17
6%
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undergraduateRatios

47%

53%

male

female

1
12

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,974
Declined + 1,097
Total Received 3,071
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Private (nonprofit)

1,274

undergraduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Exercise Science
  2. Business Management
  3. Biology
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Codes

SAT 6087
ACT 1284

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School Facts

Central College, founded in 1853, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. It campus is located in Pella, IA.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 1,274
Established in 1853
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Reformed
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Pella, IA

169-acre campus in Pella (population: 10,344), 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. Major airport serves Des Moines; train serves Ottumwa (45 miles).

Central College
812 University Street
Pella, IA 50219

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
91%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

Greek Life

 
5 fraternities 3% of male students
 
2 sororities 2% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
23%
Top 1/4
54%
Top 1/2
85%
Bottom 1/2
15%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
20%
500-599
40%
400-499
20%
300-399
20%
600-699
30%
500-599
30%
400-499
40%
30-36
13%
24-29
30%
18-23
43%
12-17
14%
30-36
6%
24-29
36%
18-23
44%
12-17
14%
30-36
10%
24-29
37%
18-23
47%
12-17
6%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $25
Common application accepted no
Application deadline August 15
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,974
Declined + 1,097
Total Received 3,071

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Class rank

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Chevy Freiburger
Director of Admissions
P: 641 628-5286
F: 641 628-5983
admission@central.edu

Cost

Tuition $34,612
Room $4,892
Board $5,088
Books & supplies $1,134
Total $45,726
Average Financial Aid - $28,501
Total with Avg. Aid $17,225

Financial Aid

81%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$28,501

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,454,887
State $2,415,912
Institutional $18,750,148
Other external $306,534
Total $22,927,481

Non-need-based

Federal $317,034
State $40,458
Institutional $4,993,321
Other external $80,633
Total $5,431,446

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division III)
Mascot
Dutch
School colors
red and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Art
Athletic Training
Biochemistry
Biology
Business Management
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Cultural Anthropology
Economics
Elementary Education
Engineering
English
Environmental Studies
Exercise Science
French
German Studies
History
Information Systems
International Management
International Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics
Music
Music Education
Natural Science
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Social Science
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
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Undergraduate

100%

1,274
students

Female
53%
670

Male
47%
604

Graduate

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

96%

1,230
students

Female
53%
643

Male
47%
587

undergraduatePart-time

4%

44
students

Female
62%
27

Male
38%
17

Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
84%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

45%

Transfer applicants accepted

57%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of Some
Interview Required of Some
Standardized test scores Recommended of All
Essay or personal statement Required of Some

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

60

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

60

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Study skills

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 1
Countries most often represented China
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Chevy Freiburger
Director of Admission
641 628-7637
freiburgerc@central.edu

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