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.
From: Shenandoah, Iowa
Leadership: Head of hair and makeup for Theatre Central
Why I love Central: I’m not just one of the crowd. I have someone to talk to all the time, no matter what.
39 majors and 14 pre-professional programs
More than 80 clubs and organizations on campus
99% of Central students receive financial aid
96% are employed, enrolled in grad school or doing sustained service within a year of graduation.
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, sophomore 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.