Visit Campus

Plan your visit to Central College! It’s the best way to get a sneak peek at what a future at 812 University St. could look like.

Visits are personalized for every student and every interest. A visit to campus is the perfect opportunity to:

  • See all the places (like classrooms and residence halls).
  • Meet all the people (like faculty and coaches).
  • And experience all the things (like … way too many things to mention).

Prospective students and parents may schedule individual family meetings on campus or attend a campus visit day. In addition to engaging with admission counselors during campus visits, prospective students and families may familiarize themselves with Central’s campus by using our virtual tour or watching a video tour.


Launch your Central College experience during Scholar Day! Your participation is the perfect glimpse into the kind of learning you’ll experience as a Central student. Learn more about this year’s topic from NASA astronaut Raja Chari!

Register for a session of your choice on Saturday, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Jan. 27 or Feb. 3.

Scholar Day is an exclusive event offered to admitted students to earn scholarships beyond what is awarded at the time of admission.


Individual Visit

It’s your day to explore, and we’ll help you investigate everything to find out if you belong at Central.

Visit with us Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. You can also check out our virtual tour and campus video tours at any time.

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Visit information

While you're here, don't forget to pick up your FREE T-shirt and Dutch letter — Pella's famous pastry!

Call 877-462-3687 or send a text message to 641-632-9667 with any questions.

Distance to Pella, Iowa
Drive Time
Des Moines
44 mi
40 min
Iowa City
97 mi
1.5 hrs
178 mi
3 hrs
Kansas City
215 mi
3.5 hrs
282 mi
4 hrs
275 mi
4.5 hrs
316 mi
5 hrs
St. Louis
297 mi
5 hrs

Traveling from far away?

If you're not from Iowa, we'll help meet your travel expenses to visit Central. Ask about our reimbursement policy when you schedule a visit.

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For prospective out-of-state students, Central College will help meet their travel expenses to visit campus.

The following guidelines apply:

  • To be eligible for travel reimbursement, you must be admitted to Central College prior to your travel date.
  • Travel reimbursement is valid for airfare or mileage for student expenses only.
  • For travel by car, you will provide a home address which will be used to calculate round-trip mileage to/from campus. Based on Central College policy, the rate of $0.32 per mile will be used to determine eligible reimbursement amount. Students traveling from non-contiguous states can receive reimbursement for up to $300 of their travel expenses. Students traveling from contiguous states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri) and including Kansas can receive reimbursement for up to $30 of their travel expenses. Gas receipts are not required.
  • For travel by air, upload your itemized receipt(s) for airline reservation. Must show individual’s name and ticket charges. A maximum amount of $300 may be reimbursed for student ticket charges.
  • You may complete/submit Electronic Reimbursement Authorization Form prior to your scheduled campus visit date, but reimbursement will be paid following your campus visit.
  • Complete/submit Electronic Reimbursement Authorization Form and upload any applicable receipt(s) within 60 days of your completed campus visit.

For questions, contact Director of Admission Kelly Kowzan at 641-628-7521 or

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