Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


Don't Miss the Winter Open House

Don't Miss the Winter Open House

See what sets Central apart! Prospective students are invited to tour campus and learn about financial aid, classes, internships and more.

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Practicing What He Teaches

Practicing What He Teaches

Professor of mathematics Mark Mills practices what he teaches. Last summer, he sat for his second professional actuarial exam.

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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 Emily


Lunch with anyone past or present: My great-grandparents

Bucket list: Visit the Vatican and meet the Pope

Favorite professor: Jen Diers is always willing to meet outside of class, has great interactive lesson plans and brings something different to each class.

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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

Financial Aid Information


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

Health Sciences

11 pre-professional programs in health with shadowing opportunities at Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.

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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

Ellen Du Pre

Ellen Du Pre

Title: Professor of biology and pre-health coordinator

Research: Studying the effects of triclosan on heart rate and metabolism

You can find her: Working with students to count the heart rates of zebrafish in Vermeer Science Center

About Central

Central College greets you!

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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