Fast Facts

Central College, founded in 1853 and located in Pella, Iowa, is a private four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Learn more about our history. Read our welcome statement.

Academic programs at Central: More than 70 academic programs including majors, minors and pre-professional advising.

Graduation Rate: 92 percent of Central College students who graduate do so in four years or fewer.

Internships: 76 percent of Central students complete at least one internship or pre-professional experience. Sites include Iowa, Chicago, Washington D.C., Granada, London, Vienna, Bangor and Mérida.

Outcomes after Graduation: 97 percent of Central students are either employed in a field of their choice, enrolled in graduate/professional school or completing a year of service within a year of graduation.

Average class size: 16 students

Student to faculty ratio: 12-to-1

Number of faculty members: 106 full-time faculty members

Percent of faculty with Ph.D. or other terminal degree: 86 percent

Number of students: 1,200
50 percent female, 50 percent male

Student profile:

Financial aid:

Graduate placement: 90 percent were accepted into their first or second choice graduate school.

Among the graduate schools students have recently attended: Duke University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Oxford University, Institut Catholique – Paris, Ohio State University, Cleveland College of Chiropractic, Palmer Chiropractic, DePaul University, Loyola University, Des Moines University, Creighton University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Texas A & M University, George Washington University, Western Theological Seminary, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, University of Granada – Spain, and Washington University.


Location: Pella, Iowa, just 40 minutes southeast of Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines and two minutes from Lake Red Rock. Des Moines was ranked the No.4 city in the U.S for job opportunities by

Pella was ranked the 19th best small town in the U.S. by Livability.

Student organizations: Over 100, and there is lots to do on campus! Each year our Campus Activities Board (CAB) sponsors musicians, comedians, and other events. There were over 50 CAB-sponsored events and over 350 student-organized events this year! Check out our calendar of events.

Students studying abroad: Approximately 50 percent of Central students study internationally, compared to 10 percent nationally. 55 percent of Central graduates have studied abroad or traveled internationally while at Central College. Find out more about our nationally recognized study abroad programs!

Off-campus programs: Chicago, Washington, D.C., Granada, London, Merida, Vienna, Bangor

Hands-on learning: 99% of Central students complete an internship, study abroad, research or community-based learning experience.

Residential campus: Central students live on campus all four years creating a community of scholars that many students call “family.” Learn more about housing/roommates.

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Top employers of Central graduates: Principal Financial Group, Pella Corporation, Hormel Foods, ING, John Deere, Pella Community School District and numerous other Iowa community school districts, Wells Fargo, Rockwell Collins, Vermeer Corporation, Cargill, Pioneer Hybrid, Children and Families of Iowa, Science Center of Des Moines, Northwestern Mutual Financial, Alliance Technologies, McGladrey, IMT Insurance, Woodward Academy, Youth Homes of Mid-America, Ernst and Young and Advanced Technologies Group.