Location
Pella, IA
Undergrads
1,461
Tuition
$29,540
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 328 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at Central is bad! They are not nationally affiliated, no one really goes to the parties they throw. They do small community work only because I think they are required to. You don't have to be a part of the sorority or fraternity to live in the greek housing. Its just a pretty lame situation.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: The city of Pella and the campus of Central College is extremely safe. There are rarely any sexual assault/safety problems on or near campus. The occasional theft will occur, but I've never herd of anyone being pick pocketed or been in a violent situation.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I don't think Central has a lot of diversity on campus. A very large portion of the student-body is white-caucausion born and raised in the United States. However we do have a few international students from our study abroad locations.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's a normal college campus. Guys dress like guys, girls dress like girls. A lot of people do seem to start or continue serious relationships while at Central. Most of them end of getting married during or after they graduate.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The three dining areas on campus are all available with the meal plan. The earliest they open is 7am and the latest they stay open is 9pm. 9pm is an absurd closing time on a college campus. The food is good for a few weeks and when they bring guest speakers, political figures or host several hundred high school juniors/seniors on campus visits.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There is always something for students to do on campus.

4 College Senior

Facilities: We have really up to date classroom technology. Our academic buildings are very green friendly.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Not all of the dorms have air conditioning.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you want to get involved, you can find it.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a lovely community environment.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: We do not have security 24 hours anymore.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing is open past midnight on the weekends.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off- campus dining is not very frequent. The small town of Pella, lacks a variety of restaurants and neglects the possibility of student discounts. Applebee's is the largest chain restaurant in the area, but there are a few family owned locations to visit. The students choose to stay on campus and dine at the cafeteria due to costs and lack of variety.

3 College Senior

Weather: Being located in the midwest, we have extreme winter and summers. The winter tends to last the longest so the cold, bone-chilling snow is present for most of the year. Walking to class in snow can be a hassle, but having a smaller campus is most appreciated.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are various computer labs found in the multiple buildings with enough computers to accommodate the students. The printing on campus has changed over the years as students were before open to print as much as they needed, but now are restricted to only $18 per semester of printing. The network speed is fairly slow and frequently the students are faced with internet problems throughout the year. The need for a personal laptop is pretty essential for a convenient lifestyle, but the college successfully provides computer access and printing.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus has had its up's and down's. Since it is a private, christian college, there are various strict rules to follow and RA's running around looking to "write" someone up. Overall though, the rooms are livable and are never too far from class. The social atmosphere is dull due to our midwest location, but the student community does a great job of making it an exciting, lively place.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a lot of help applying for financial aid and was explained everything very well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is very little campus crime and there is a great emphasis on personal safety.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have very strong academics and a variety of majors available and our core curriculum lets a student experience a little bit of everything.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have excellent equipment and teachers available and the workload is not extremely stressful.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have not had any experiences with drugs on campus. If it's happening, I've never seen or heard about it. That doesn't mean it isn't going on, but I wouldn't know about it if it is.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are plenty of options for housing. Each has their perks and downfalls. The cleaning staff for the bathrooms do a great job. The Resident Assistants and Housing Coordinators are very helpful. The housing process is a little odd, but it is worth it for the nice housing.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The people in charge do their best to help you get the information and money you need. They try to explain things clearly and have plenty of options. In order to get scholarships, you must compete in Central Scholar Days on one of the three days it is offered. Based on your performance there, you will receive a specific amount of financial aid.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers in the labs are always kept up to date and running well. The internet can be a little slow at times, but runs well on the lab computers. There are computer labs in every dorm and many of the education buildings as well. You can always find a working computer if you need one. The wireless can be a bit unreliable but the labs take care of that. The college does give you a printing allowance, but it's pretty hard to reach it within the semester.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm a nondrinker and don't take part in drugs and I have never had a problem with peer pressure. The partying isn't that big of an issue.

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