Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219


Chemistry Gets Personal

Chemistry Gets Personal

April (Hazen-Bosveld) Hill ’04 helps make it possible for blind students to experience chemistry labs for themselves.

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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: 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


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

Esther Streed

Esther Streed

Title: Professor of education

Passion: Improved services for people with developmental disabilities

Her inspiration: Her own daughter, Angi, who is disabled

Fun fact: Has eaten dinner at the White House

Moving story: Foster mother for 14 children over the years

Her goal: Giving education majors a new perspective on the disabled students they will teach

You can find her: In “Angi’s Office” 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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