Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


Visit Central College

Visit Central College

Fall visit days are a chance for you to meet professors and coaches, learn about scholarships and envision life on campus. Join us Nov. 7 — or contact us to arrange your own visit day!

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Living Globally

Living Globally

Some things in life aren’t easily measured. What, for instance, is the value of a study abroad experience that sparked a passion for foreign policy, provided experiences crucial to graduate school admission essays and eventually led to a job working with the Department of State? How do you measure the worth of a semester abroad that led to further exploration of world cultures and ultimately to a position teaching Japanese studies at a university in Singapore?

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Central to your world

Brandyn Woodard

Central: It's what you do, who you meet and who you are on campus. The college nurtures relationships and inspires activity.

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Meet Heidi


On my bucket list: Visit all seven continents and 50 states

Favorite artistic medium: Watercolor pencils

Favorite professor: Brian Roberts. He’s fun and laid-back.

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Central is Personal

A transformative education that values people and their possibilities.

Academic Programs

73 academic programs to choose from

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More than 100 opportunities to get involved on campus

About Central


More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid

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93 percent are employed, enrolled in graduate school or doing sustained service within a year
of graduation

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Experience Central

Integrated Learning

Global experiential Learning

Central supports programs around the world, enabling students to pursue study and internships while experiencing another culture. Students become global citizens, building a worldwide network of connections.

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Featured Programs

Health Sciences

11 pre-professional programs in health with shadowing opportunities at Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.

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Three-quarters of Central students complete at least one internship, gaining real-world experience in Iowa, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and around the globe.


Meet the Faculty

Esther Streed

Esther Streed

Title: Professor of education

Passion: Improved services for people with developmental disabilities

Her inspiration: Her own daughter, Angi, who is disabled

Fun fact: Has eaten dinner at the White House

Moving story: Foster mother for 14 children over the years

Her goal: Giving education majors a new perspective on the disabled students they will teach

You can find her: In “Angi’s Office” in the Roe Center

About Central

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Tradition is Central

Founded in 1853 in the heart of Iowa, Central has always been a college with a host of academic and personal possibilities.

Our History

President Mark Putnam

President Putnam's recent writings:

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