Central College

Pella, IA

Central College

Pella, IA

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Tuition & Fees

$18,600

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

Not Reported

Not Reported

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undergraduateRatios

47%

male

53%

female

-

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

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

1,274

undergraduate students

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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.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 1,274
Established in 1853
Coeducational Coeducational
Religious affiliation Reformed Church in America

200-acre campus in Pella (population: 10,335), 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. Major airport serves Des Moines (50 miles); train serves Ottumwa (45 miles).

  • Campus Setting: Small town
  • Metropolitan area: Des Moines
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Des Moines International

Central College
812 University Street
Pella, IA
50219

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
91%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through senior year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Men only housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Academic Honorary Associations and Health Professions Club
  • Music Ensembles
  • Campus Ministries
  • Student Senate
  • Students Concerned About the Environment (SCATE)

Top Events

  • Annual Lemming Race
  • Breakfast of Champions
  • Candlelight Christmas Concert
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Campus Facts

  • Drama/Theater group
  • Choral groups
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

Not Reported

Not Reported

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $25
Application deadline August 15
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.56

Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

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

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

class rank

Considered

extracurricular activities
alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
application essay
first generation
interview
recommendation(s)
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 3
Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$5,237

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $18,600
Room & board $10,280
Books & supplies $1,323
Other fees $1,742
Total $31,945
Average Financial Aid - $5,237
Total with Avg. Aid $26,708
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

cheerleading, clay targets, disc golf, fishing, hockey, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

bowling, cheerleading, clay targets, dance, disc golf, fishing, hockey, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, triathlon

Intramural Sports Men

Basketball, Football, Racquetball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Basketball, Racquetball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Anthropology
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Biochemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Computer Science
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Studies
Exercise Physiology
French Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International/Global Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Natural Sciences
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Religion/Religious Studies
Social Sciences, General
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Honors college
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees

1,274

total students

73%

in-state

27%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

1,274
students

Female
53%
670

Male
47%
604

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

96%

1,230
students

Female
53%
643

Male
47%
587

4%

44
students

Female
62%
27

Male
38%
17

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 78%
Student 4 year graduation rate 60%
Student 5 year graduation rate 7%
Student 6 year graduation rate 0%

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
86%
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

39

Transfer students enrolled

3%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

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

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

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