Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


A Field Trip to Peru

A Field Trip to Peru

Eight Central students completed their spring semester with a field trip to Peru this summer.

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Welcome the Robots

Welcome the Robots

Central hosts robotics competition to promote computer science and STEM fields.

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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: Russ Benedict because he is a very friendly person, passionate about what he does and makes class fun.

Why I love my major: It allows you to go outside to learn. My favorite classes are the ones where we go to Lake Red Rock or the field station.

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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

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

President Putnam's recent writings:

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