Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


A Different Kind of Family

A Different Kind of Family

Katie Zellmer ’14 began a service-learning project with an Iraqi family during her sophomore year. Nearly three years later, she still has a second home in the Salim household.

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Living Globally

Living Globally

Some things in life aren’t easily measured. What, for instance, is the value of a study abroad experience that sparked a passion for foreign policy, provided experiences crucial to graduate school admission essays and eventually led to a job working with the Department of State? How do you measure the worth of a semester abroad that led to further exploration of world cultures and ultimately to a position teaching Japanese studies at a university in Singapore?

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Choose Central

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

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


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

Jen Diers

Jen Diers

Title: Assistant professor of education

Mission trips: Teaching educational techniques at orphanages in Sierra Leone

Moving story: Bringing a disabled orphan back to Pella for medical treatment

As a teacher: “She genuinely seeks for students to excel and improve throughout the semester. And her care for students goes beyond the class work.” – Joel Winters ’12

You can find her: Teaching Developmental Psychology in the Roe Center

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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