Students Say

Central College provides a "family-like" and "a very home-y feeling" where you are treated like "a face and not a number." "It's easy to become part of a community here." The college is "big enough to give me the ‘college experience,' yet small enough to offer a similar environment to my hometown." On a practical level, "going out of state is ridiculously expensive," and students enjoy the familial atmosphere that might even include actual family members: "My mother went here, my brother is currently a junior, and now I am a freshman.

Overview

Applicants
2,471
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 550
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Central College provides a "family-like" and "a very home-y feeling" where you are treated like "a face and not a number." "It's easy to become part of a community here." The college is "big enough to give me the ‘college experience,' yet small enough to offer a similar environment to my hometown." On a practical level, "going out of state is ridiculously expensive," and students enjoy the familial atmosphere that might even include actual family members: "My mother went here, my brother is currently a junior, and now I am a freshman. We have all had great experiences!" Many students are attracted to the "fantastic study abroad program." "Even being a biology major, I was able to study abroad in Bangor, Wales," one student says. Environmentalism and sustainability are important for the planet, and Central College "has high standards in going green" and "urges students to know about the betterment of the Earth." "Our previous president, Dr. Roe, signed an agreement that Central will no longer consume more carbon than it produces." Students see the stresses on "sustainability and academics" as a way to "to motivate students to drag themselves to class every day, so they too can make a difference."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
120
with Terminal Degree
86

70
Men
50
Women
11
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Harry Smith
Correspondent on NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams”;Reporter, NBC News

Richard Schultz
Former exec director US Olympic Committee;Pres/CEO Global Sport Enterprises

Bernadette Allen
Retired ambassador to Niger, U.S. Department of State

Vern Den Herder
Retired defensive end, Miami Dolphins, played in four Super Bowls

Tom Koos
President/CEO of Jacuzzi Brands Corp

Brooke Bouma
WHO-TV Co-anchor of Today in Iowa (Local NBC affiliate)

Kevin Kriegel
Singer, Phoenix Chorale, Grammy™ Award Winner

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,609

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,374

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,413

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,990

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,438

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Central College students stress that the school "truly feels like a community." "Everyone here is very friendly," and "we're all kind of like one big family. There are cliques, but everyone still gets along really well." Ethnically, "there isn't a whole lot of diversity. Most of the students are Caucasian from middle-class families." Athletics is very important—"sports is our life"—and more than "60 percent of the student body is involved in a sport" ensuring that "the weight room is always full." Despite being a dry campus, "alcohol can be seen everywhere, you just might get in trouble for it." Dutch heritage can be readily seen in the student body and in student activities. "We have a Tulip Festival every spring," one student notes. "It's an opportunity to postpone studying for finals to eat fried food and dance in wooden shoes." "Students who actively participate in events or activities are able to fit in better because of their level of involvement," and generally the students are involved in many activities or clubs. "I think that is what makes Central so special," one student says. "When you are in several groups you meet so many different people that you have an entire network by the time you graduate." The Inside Word Located in the middle of the Midwest, but sporting an expansive study abroad program that a full 50 percent of students enjoy, Central College can provide the best of both worlds. Students can enjoy a small town college life that is close to home while still traveling far away for new experiences and a broad education.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,486
Out of State
19%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

1.30%
Asian
2.12%
African-American
3.15%
Hispanic
89.12%
Caucasian
2.33%
Unknown
1.23%
International

54% female
46% male
19% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

When not in far-flung countries enjoying the "amazing study abroad program," students at Central College enjoy a small community that one student says "reminds me of my home town." However, this fact combined with the schools religious affiliation with the Reformed Church in America can make students feel constrained. "There are few other organizations that aren't religious-based," and the rules are seen as very strict. "They need to understand we are college students, and this is not the high school after prom," one student opines. Due to the school's strict no-tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol, even students who are older than 21 are not "able to come back on campus after being at a bar without the possibility of getting in trouble." Although "the food program offers a wide variety of options," "meal times are at the oddest hours, and [students] have such a slim window for the main food" that the cafeteria "is always crammed the moment it opens." Students also wish they had the "option of living off campus after freshman year."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
5

4% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Dutch)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Dutch)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups: Common Ground (Gay-Straight Alliance) One Iowa (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance)

Minority Support Groups: Secular Student Alliance Coalition for a Multicultural Campus House (residence and haven for students who are identify strongly with those with a minority status) Intercultural Student Life Office

Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sue Cerwinske
Visit Coordinator

Address
812 University
Box 5100
Pella, IA 50219

Phone
(641) 628-7616

Email
admission@central.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Geisler Cafe
Kuyper Athletic Complex
Maytag Student Activity Center
Schipper Fitness Center
Central Market Cafeteria
Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1500 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state’s largest lake and 40 minutes southwest of Des Moines. Please visit the college website at www.central.edu.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Smokey Row Coffee House
Jaarsma Bakery
Lake Red Rock
Historic downtown Pella
Pella Cinema Movie Theatre
Annual Tulip Time Festival filled with parades, costumes, flowers, street scrubbing, Dutch dancing, crafts, food, music and more.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Select Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@central.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Offered Sun.-Thurs. and must be at least a high school senior and admitted

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle/bus service offered for college breaks and at the start/end of each semester.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From DesMoines, take IA-Hwy 163 east approximately 35 miles.

Local Accommodations
Pella has a variety of hotels and bed and breakfasts.