Central College

Central College
812 University St.
Pella, IA 50219
Website: https://www.central.edu
Year Founded: 1853
President: Mr. Mark L. Putnam
Enrollment: 1,200
Central College
Founded in 1853, Central College is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for academic rigor strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, sustainability education, athletics, and leadership and service, located in Pella, Iowa. The Central College Dutch participate in NCAA Division III athletics and the college is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and is located just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

Distinctive Facts & Features
  • Students are active in more than 100 clubs and organizations
  • More than 70 academic programs including majors, minors and pre-professional advising
  • Recent $12 million expansion to P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium
  • 76% of Central students complete at least one internship or pre-professional experience
  • Approximately 50 percent of Central students study internationally, compared to 10 percent nationally
Student Profile
  • Male: 50%         
  • Female: 50%         
  • In-State Students: 78%         
  • Out-of-State: 22%         
  • Number of Undergraduate Majors: 36
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Management 
  • Elementary Education 
  • Exercise Science
  • Tuition: $37,295          
  • Room & Board: $10,280
Financial Aid Data
  • Students with Demonstrated Financial Need: 81% 
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $32,203 
  • Percent Need Met (Need-based Aid): 84.5%
Class Size
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 70%
  • Fewer than 50 Students: 99%
  • Full-time Faculty: 84% 
  • Full-time Faculty with PhD/terminal Degree: 87%
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • Athletic Division: NCAA Division III, IIAC 
  • Students Participating in Sports Activities and Intramurals: 60%
Co-curricular Activities
  • More than 100 student clubs and organizations

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