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.


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 Day Events

Football Visit Day | Sept. 10

Join us on campus Sept. 10 to get to know Central’s nationally recognized football program.

Football Visit Day | Sept. 17

Join us on campus Sept. 17 to get to know Central’s nationally recognized football program, complete with a conference showdown.

Wrestling Visit Day | Sept. 17

Join us on campus this September to see how Central wrestling is all in, all the time!

Cheer and Dance Visit Day | Sept. 17

Commitment, dedication, excellence. Don’t miss out on Cheer and Dance Visit Day!

Best Decision Ever Week | Sept. 19-23

Get a taste of all the possibilities at Central College as you embark on a personalized, unique-to-you visit during our September Best Decision Ever Week!

Virtual Q&A — Admission & Financial Aid | Sept. 29

Join Central’s admission and financial aid offices Thursday, Sept. 29, for a virtual Q&A session.

Choir Visit Day | Sept. 30

Experience the sights and sounds of Central at Choir Visit Day on Friday, Sept. 30!

STEM Visit Day | Sept. 30

Explore the world of STEM at Central College during our exciting, hands-on sessions Friday, Sept. 30.

Wrestling Visit Day | Oct. 8

Join us on campus this October to see how Central wrestling is all in, all the time!

Football Visit Day | Oct. 8

Join us on campus Oct. 8 to get to know Central’s nationally recognized football program, complete with a conference showdown.

Education Visit Day | Oct. 12

Join us on campus Wednesday, Oct. 12, to hear directly from Central education faculty and students.

Economics, Accounting and Business Management Visit Day | Oct. 21

Interested in studying economics, accounting or business management? Hear from Central’s faculty and students during EAM Visit Day on Friday, Oct. 21!

Football Visit Day | Oct. 22

Join us on campus Oct. 22 to get to know Central’s nationally recognized football program, complete with a conference showdown.

Best Decision Ever Week | Oct. 24-28

Get a taste of all the possibilities at Central College as you embark on a personalized, unique-to-you visit during our October Best Decision Ever Week!

Wrestling Visit Day | Oct. 29

Join us on campus this October to see how Central wrestling is all in, all the time!

Football Visit Day | Nov. 5

Join us on campus Nov. 5 to get to know Central’s nationally recognized football program, complete with a conference showdown.

Choir Visit Day | Nov. 18

Experience the sights and sounds of Central at Choir Visit Day on Friday, Nov. 18!

Best Decision Ever Week | Nov. 14-18

Get a taste of all the possibilities at Central College as you embark on a personalized, unique-to-you visit during our November Best Decision Ever Week!

Best Decision Ever Week | Dec. 5-9

Get a taste of all the possibilities at Central College as you embark on a personalized, unique-to-you visit during our December Best Decision Ever Week!

Music Scholarship Audition | Through March 1

Senior students, schedule your audition to earn a $500 endowed music scholarship!

 

Visit information

If you bring your completed application, we will waive the application fee. 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.

 
City
Distance to Pella, Iowa
Drive Time
Des Moines
44 mi
40 min
Iowa City
97 mi
1.5 hrs
Omaha
178 mi
3 hrs
Kansas City
215 mi
3.5 hrs
Minneapolis
282 mi
4 hrs
Madison
275 mi
4.5 hrs
Chicago
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 .50 per mile will be used to determine eligible reimbursement amount. Students traveling from non-contiguous states can receive reimbursement for up to $250 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 $250 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 kowzank@central.edu



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