Why Choose Central?

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Discover Endless Opportunities

Welcome to Central College! We’re located in Pella, Iowa, where about 1,150 students bent on making connections between people, ideas and actions — and using them to improve the world — get a flying start.

We offer dozens of academic programs that will challenge you to use every last brain cell, including majors and minors, professional programs and pre-professional tracks.

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Our Tuition is $19,250!

Central College has a tuition price of less than $20,000! (You read that right!)

So you can get a personalized, private college education — complete with small class sizes, accessible faculty mentors and a close, supportive community — for a price comparable to that of a big state school. And scholarships are still available!

More Than Great Academics

We also know how to have fun: Central is home to the world’s only Lemming Race. Once a year at Homecoming, you can put on your craziest costume, race your fellow students to the island and jump into the campus pond.

We also have 20 Division III athletics teams, more than 60 campus clubs and organizations and a plethora of study abroad options — all in charming and globally connected Pella, Iowa. It’s rated one of the top three places to live in the country according to 247wallst.com. And it’s home to three international corporations, with a half-dozen more nearby.

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We’re Committed To You

Do your part and you’ll graduate within four years — or your ninth semester’s tuition is on us. And we’ll offer you at least one real-world internship, service or job shadowing experience while you’re here. You’ll graduate on time — career or grad school ready.

90% of our graduates
get into their first- or second-choice graduate programs.

More than 99% of our students
receive financial aid.

Nearly 100% of our graduates
are working in an area of interest or enrolled in graduate or professional school or service programs one year post-graduation.

Let’s Get to Know Each Other

We’d love to get to know you better — and tell you a bit more about us. We’ll send you information about life at Central and keep you in the loop about upcoming visit days and scholarship deadlines.


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