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About Central

Welcome to Central

Central College is a private residential liberal arts college of distinction founded in 1853 where students gain a global perspective. The college’s campus is located in Pella, Iowa midst the stunning landscapes of the mid-west.

At Central, you are the focus! With over 70 undergraduate programs, including many pre-professional programs, you will have plenty to choose from and here you will be known by your name and not as a number. You’ll be part of a community where others truly want you to succeed. You’ll dive into activities such as clubs, sports, performing arts, research and study abroad just to name a few. Through it all you’ll take learning to a new level and prepare for life after graduation.

Explore the area

Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a picturesque tree-lined college town with a diverse array of restaurants and shopping near campus. Des Moines—the state capital—is only a short drive away and provides all the benefits of a large metropolitan area, such as major sporting events, concerts, theater performances and festivals. Pella, population; 10,000 is home to several major international companies including Pella Corporation (Pella Windows) and Vermeer Corporation.

Located in the “American heartland,” Iowa is a land of beautiful rolling hills and like most of the Midwest, has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Check out what Pella and Des Moines have to offer.

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Central’s legacy

Our legacy continues to grow and gain the attention of students and scholars worldwide.

Students walking around Central's campus