Description

Central College, a small, private school in Pella, Iowa, offers an education that is grounded in liberal arts academics as well as civic engagement and creative expression.

Central College’s more than 35 majors include a combination of professional, academic and creative fields such as Actuarial Science, Business Management, Education, English, Music, Ministry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Theatre.

Service is a large part of the Central College experience, with many courses requiring that students take on local volunteer assignments. Students have volunteered in numerous capacities, working with the homeless, the disabled and with charitable organizations like Helping Hands and Big Hearts. They also undertake research and creative service projects related to their major.

Arts activities are numerous as well. Students can perform in an improvisational theatre group, join the drama department’s school play, and get involved in musical and visual arts activities and organizations. There is also a student-operated radio station and literary magazine. Central’s more than 75 other clubs and organizations include those that are cultural, religious and political.

Central’s admissions criteria are fairly selective and include one’s class ranking, grades and SAT or ACT scores.

Students may apply for different types of financial aid, including talent or merit scholarships to help offset tuition costs.

Quick Facts about Central College

Region

Midwest

Setting

Small Town Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Reformed Church in America

Size

Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Dutch

Website

www.central.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$27,414

Out-of-State Tuition

$27,414

Retention Rate

79%

Enrollment

1,558

Year Established

1853

Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
1,558
Freshman Class
443
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
1,558

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
0%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
93%
Part-Time
7%

Gender of Students

Women
52%
Men
48%

Ethnic Diversity

African-American
2%
Asian
1%
Caucasian
92%
Latino
2%
Other
3%

International Students

International
0%
Domestic
100%

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