Central College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Central College

Central College is a private liberal arts college associated with the Reformed Church in America. The college is situated on a 130-acre campus in Pella, Iowa. Central College students can choose from 39-degree options with business and exercise science, drawing the highest interest. 76% of students complete an internship, and half of the institution’s students’ study abroad. Academics are backed by an 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 20. Student life is active with over 80 organizations and clubs. The Central College Dutch play in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). The college sponsors nine men’s and ten women’s intercollegiate sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,117 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male/49% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $37,296
  • Books: $1,323
  • Room and Board: $10,280
  • Other Expenses: $3,199
  • Total Cost: $52,098

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 84%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,650
    • Loans: $7,057

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Degree options: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Psychology, Sociology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Football, Track & Field, Wrestling, Basketball, Cross Country, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Track & Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball

Overview of Central College Admissions

Central College has an acceptance rate of 70%. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Central College Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 505/585
    • SAT Math: 410/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/27
    • ACT English: 20/26
    • ACT Math: 20/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Central College, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Central College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Central College, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Central College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Arizona, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas

Applying to Central College

Application Deadline: August 15

Undergraduate Admissions Website: https://www.central.edu/admission/

Undergraduate Application Link(s): https://www.central.edu/admission/apply/

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