Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219




Teacher Prep 101

Teacher Prep 101

The Central Teacher Academy provides students a chance to teach and connect in schools before student teaching. Central Teacher Academy alums and current students join together for a brighter future.

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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 Jacob


Favorite class: Stress management because you can apply what you learn directly to your life.

Favorite professor: Shawn Wick. He cares about our class as people and not just as students.

Why Central? “There is a great legacy of past Central students succeeding, and the people on campus felt like a family.”

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Central is Personal

A transformative education that values people and their possibilities.

Academic Programs

56 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

Financial Aid Information


96% are employed, enrolled in graduate school or doing sustained service within a year
of graduation

Career Center

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Experience Central

Integrated Learning


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.


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.

All Majors


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

Michael Harris

Michael Harris

Title: Professor of English

Specialty: British colonial literature in Africa and the Americas

Research: The rediscovery of Buddhist origins by the British in 19th century India

Recently awarded: A Fulbright grant to study in India

You can find him: Climbing among the sacred sites of ancient Buddhism

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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