Central College students

Our numbers tell the story.

Yes, we toot our own horn. Why shouldn't we? Central College graduates overwhelmingly succeed, with 98% employed, in graduate school or completing service a year after graduation.


of Central students who graduate do so in four years or fewer


academic program areas for career and grad school preparation


of students complete at least one internship

Alumni Who Rock


Know the facts

Central grads are succeeding around the world in a wide variety of fields.




of Central graduates study abroad or travel internationally as part of a Central College activity

Get out there and get going!


A sample of internship placements, from a symphony to a senator’s office.

  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago
  • Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, Fort Calhoun, Neb.
  • Iowa Hygienic Lab, Ankeny
  • U.S. Embassy, Santiago, Chile
  • University of Notre Dame, strength and conditioning

More internships

Grad Schools

Students are rocking it in grad school.

  • Duke University, medical school
  • Northwestern University, business
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, aerospace engineering
  • University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
  • Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, N.J., choral conducting

More grad schools


Dream job? You betcha! Alums are working as:

  • Actor, photographer and videographer, Chicago, Ill.
  • Managing director/Co-founder, Cascade Game Foundry, Seattle, Wash.
  • Morning anchor WHO-TV, Des Moines
  • Senior scientist, Bracco Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Special Agent, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Division of Criminal Investigation

More careers

Don't take our word for it!

2008 grad Tara Sorensen Kraft inspires her second grade students to succeed in the classroom.

Southeast Polk Schools

"Our relationship with Central College is stronger than ever, as we intentionally host and recruit Central students each semester. Students from Central are well-prepared young professionals with character and a desire to be exceptional educators – we are committed to putting quality people in front of our students."

Joseph Horton, associate superintendent of schools

Grinnell Mutual
Principal Financial
Pella Corporation
South East Polk Community School District