Tuition & Fees

$38,600

$38,600

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
16%
500-599
68%
400-499
16%
700-800
3%
600-699
22%
500-599
52%
400-499
23%
30-36
6%
24-29
43%
18-23
35%
12-17
16%
30-36
8%
24-29
40%
18-23
48%
12-17
4%
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

1

teacher

11

students

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Moderately Selective

69%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,940
Declined + 832
Total Received 2,772
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Private (nonprofit)

1,117

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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Location

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 1,117
Established in 1853
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Reformed
Accredited by •  ACS American Chemical Society
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  HLC Higher Learning Commission
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)

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Pella, IA

169-acre campus in Pella (population: 10,225), 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. Major airport serves Des Moines (50 miles); train serves Ottumwa (45 miles).

Central College
812 University Street
Pella, IA 50219

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
97%
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 2% of male students
 
2 sororities 5% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
26%
Top 1/4
52%
Top 1/2
85%
Bottom 1/2
15%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
16%
500-599
68%
400-499
16%
700-800
3%
600-699
22%
500-599
52%
400-499
23%
30-36
6%
24-29
43%
18-23
35%
12-17
16%
30-36
8%
24-29
40%
18-23
48%
12-17
4%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $25
(waived if filed online)
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

69%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,940
Declined + 832
Total Received 2,772

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Class rank
Standardized test scores

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: 877 462-3687
F: 641 628-5983
admissions@central.edu

Financial Aid

82%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$32,114

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $38,600
Room $4,892
Board $5,388
Books & supplies $1,323
Total $50,203
Average Financial Aid - $32,114
Total with Avg. Aid $18,089

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,648,092
State $2,121,062
Institutional $19,078,589
Other external $281,133
Total $23,128,876

Non-need-based

Federal $55,800
State
Institutional $4,939,065
Other external $138,130
Total $5,132,995
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 641 628-5336
F: 641 628-5316
finaid@central.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Wayne Dille
Director of Financial Aid
dillew@central.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

basketball, football, rugby, soccer, softball, volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

dance, rugby, soccer, softball, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, bowling, flag football, fun run, hockey, indoor soccer, racquetball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, yoga

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Athletic Directors

Mark Mchorney (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot
Dutch
School colors
red and white

Majors

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

  1. Exercise Science
  2. Business Management
  3. Biology

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

1,117

total students

69%

in-state

31%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

1,117
students

Female
51%
566

Male
49%
551

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

96%

1,077
students

Female
51%
542

Male
49%
535

4%

40
students

Female
60%
24

Male
40%
16

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Student Break-down

2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
83%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

42%

Transfer applicants accepted

38%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Recommended of Some
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 Some
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

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
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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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