Campus Life

We Greet You With Open Arms

“I immediately felt right at home” is a statement you’ll hear a lot at Central — with good reason. Our small class sizes and residential campus make meeting others easy. Here you’ll grow your leadership skills and create friendships that will last a lifetime.

Life at Central

The Central College experience is what dreams are made of. With our tight-knit residential campus, the connections and relationships you'll build here are lifelong. You’ll be living where you are learning, so it couldn't be easier to meet others and get involved!

Whether you are staying on campus or exploring our beautiful town of Pella, you’ll feel like you are in a movie set. Our college town is filled with local boutiques, bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants, and seasonal community events are the perfect way to join in on the fun. Our campus and extended Pella communities can’t wait to welcome you home — you’ll feel like a "Pellacan" in no time!

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Be Part of it All

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Whether you want to show off your creativity or serve the community, you can indulge your interests and enrich your college experience by getting involved with 100-plus organizations on campus.

No matter your goals, you’ll find at least one organization that’s right for you. Central offers academic and creative clubs, service organizations and music ensembles, NCAA Division III and recreational athletics teams, Greek life and more. If you don’t find an on-campus organization you’d like to participate in, we’ll help you start one!

And don't worry about missing out on anything! Our campus app, DutchConnect, helps students stay up-to-date on what's happening.

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Small-Town Feel, Big-City Perks

Pella, Iowa, is famous for its rich Dutch heritage, which is celebrated through our iconic annual Tulip Time festival, Hallmark-feeling holidays, old-world architecture and delectable bakeries. Our picturesque town prides itself on strong community involvement, with people of all ages participating in local events, volunteer opportunities and outreach. Not to mention, there are tons of career opportunities in the area with three international corporations' headquarters in our backyard!

You won't meet many with as much love for their community as Pella. In fact, Oprah even ranked Pella as one of the most charming American towns everyone should visit! Just 40 miles away from Iowa's capital of Des Moines and minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake, you will never run out of things to see, eat and experience!

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Memories Are Made Here

You’ll love our unique traditions — like gennis, the pond, Fresh Cookie Tuesday and Breakfast of Champions — and strong sense of community. It’s rare to find spirit like this anywhere, but at Central it’s part of who we are.

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Don’t Take Our Word For It

From the moment you step on campus, you become a part of the Central family. Check out student stories, videos and more to learn about life at Central and what it means to be Forever Dutch®.


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