Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


Building a House, One Scrap at a Time

Building a House, One Scrap at a Time

Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten had no money. How could they build a house? With truckloads of reclaimed materials, the students created a tiny home for $489.

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Practicing What He Teaches

Practicing What He Teaches

Professor of mathematics Mark Mills practices what he teaches. Last summer, he sat for his second professional actuarial exam.

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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 Gavin


Favorite movie: “The Matrix” series

Favorite professor: Mark Johnson because he is goofy and very good at programming.

Why I love my major: I can use my logic skills with computer skills to create new programs.

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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

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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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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

Viktor Martisovits

Viktor Martisovits

Title: Associate professor of physics
Specialty: Condensed matter physics and superconductivity
Fun fact: He was born in the former Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia
His mission: To show that science, especially physics, is for everyone
You can find him: Helping students build simple rollercoasters in the Vermeer Science 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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