Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


Invent Your Own Job

Invent Your Own Job

Jakob Steenhoek, entrepreneur and 2015 business management graduate, uses drones to capture video and photos for clients throughout Iowa.

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Learning from the Community

Learning from the Community

When it comes to service-learning, Central is taking the road less traveled.

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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 Jordan


Favorite professor: Global sustainability professor Jim Zaffiro because his classes are engaging it reaffirms her passion for her future career.

Hobbies: Climbing the cliffs at Red Rock Park, watching sunsets, painting and reading autobiographies.

Why Central?: “I came down to visit and something clicked. There was an internal feeling of ‘I need to be here for the next four years of my life.’ I just feel blessed that I am here.”

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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

About Central


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

Walter Cannon

Walter Cannon

Title: Professor of English

Recent book: “Who Hears in Shakespeare?”

Upcoming book: A collection of poetry

You can find him: Surrounded by his personal library in Jordan Hall

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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