Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


Making the Most of Central

Making the Most of Central

Dancer, softball player, biology and mathematics double major Shannon Coulson ’15 is taking advantage of all Central has to offer.

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Fitness After 50

Fitness After 50

The Fitness after Fifty class gives students the knowledge they need to develop safe and effective exercise programs for older adults.

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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 Megan


Favorite class:Sociology because she loves learning why people behave the way they do.

Fun Fact: Megan has a twin sister.

Why Central?: “I love that Central is small school and will prepare me well for my future—everyone at Central supports me in all my endeavors.”

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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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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


Central's B.S. degree in engineering is designed to be completed in four years (eight semesters) and leads directly to jobs in the field and graduate school.

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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

Cheri Doane

Cheri Doane

Title: Director of Community-Based Learning

Passion: Connecting Central students and Iowa nonprofits

Recognition: Governor’s Service Award

Fun fact: Her first office was in a closet

Accomplishments: More than 40 courses now include service-learning

You can find her: Traveling around the state meeting with community partners

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

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