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.

Schedule an Individual Visit

 

Visit Day Events

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!

Scholar Day | Jan. 28

Participate in our prestigious Scholar Day event Jan. 28 for the opportunity to earn top academic scholarships!

Scholar Day | Feb. 4

Participate in our prestigious Scholar Day event Feb. 4 for the opportunity to earn top academic scholarships!

Pella Admitted Student Event | Feb. 23

Congratulations on your admittance to Central College!

Best Decision Ever Week | Feb. 20-24

Choose a day during February’s Best Decision Ever Week for an exciting, personalized experience!

Individual Scholar Day | Through Feb. 28

Pick a date to join us on campus or virtually for an individual Scholar Day!

Music Scholarship Audition | Through March 1

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

Chicago Admitted Student Event | March 2

We know how hard you worked to get here — now it’s time to celebrate! Join us for this exclusive party for admitted students and parents in the Chicago area.

Des Moines Admitted Student Event | March 2

We know how hard you worked to get here — now it’s time to celebrate! Join us for this exclusive party for admitted students and parents in Des Moines.

TRIO Visit Day | March 4

Join us Saturday, March 4, for TRIO Visit Day to see how Central welcomes and supports you with open arms.

Best Decision Ever Week | March 27-31

Choose a day during March’s Best Decision Ever Week for an exciting, personalized experience!

Choose Central Day | April 14

If you’ve been admitted to Central, join us for Choose Central Day!

Junior Visit Week | April 17-21

Choose any day during Junior Visit Week and see why you belong at Central!

Legacy Visit Day | April 28

Central legacy families, join us on campus for this exclusive visit day!

Summer Registration and Orientation | Summer 2023

Join us in June or July for Summer Registration and Orientation!

 

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 $0.625 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 kowzank@central.edu



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