Pella, Iowa 50219
Central: It's what you do, who you meet and who you are on campus. The college nurtures relationships and inspires activity.
Hometown: Oakland, N.J.
Activities: Track and field, Flying Pans Steel Pan Band
Study abroad plans: Leiden, the Netherlands
Why I love Central: Out of all the schools on the East Coast who try to be like schools they are not, Central tries to be just like Central. And it makes Central an experience that no other school can offer.
73 academic programs to choose from
More than 100 opportunities to get involved on campus
More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid
93 percent are employed, enrolled in graduate school or doing sustained service within a year
Central's first-in-the-nation program is a fusion of campus life and academics. It pairs the classroom with the residence halls, the athletics fields, the laboratories, the stage and student clubs.
11 pre-professional programs in health with shadowing opportunities at Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.
Three-quarters of Central students complete at least one internship, gaining real-world experience in Iowa, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and around the globe.
Title: Professor of biology
Research with students: The Prairies for Agriculture project explores native plants as erosion prevention, carbon storage and possible biofuel sources.
Fun fact: Dr. Benedict is a bat lover and expert.
Student Testimonial: “He is so passionate, and he makes class interesting and makes everyone want to participate.” – Claire Stewart, junior biology major
You can find him: Digging in the dirt at Central’s 79-acre field station
Founded in 1853 in the heart of Iowa, Central has always been a college with a host of academic and personal possibilities.