Central College

389 reviews
  1. Pella, IA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Central College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Calvinist/Reformed
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
812 University
Pella, IA 50219

Central College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Range
910-1100
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$22,510/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,741/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,983/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,443/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,115/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,896/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
92%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,365Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
39%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    83%
  • Focused
    8%
  • Vapid
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
61%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.28 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • A great experience!
    50%
  • Small town college
    33%
  • Best in the world.
    8%
  • Boring
    8%

After Central College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Reviews

389 reviews
  • Excellent
    58
  • Very Good
    165
  • Average
    126
  • Poor
    32
  • Terrible
    8
Okay, I'm stepping into controversial waters here. I'll do my best to explain.

First off, CUIFS is not that bad. I'll admit that it's not excellent, but they usually have a good variety of choices. Overall, the food is pretty good. You have a handful of different stations to go to and the pizza is pretty good. However, the breakfast options are nearly always the same. The donuts are amazing though.

Fred's is probably the greatest place to eat, since you get to build your own burgers, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. There are smoothies, snacks, candy, and you can special order almost anything for meals

The cafe is pretty neat as well. It's like a lower-class Starbucks. You can get breakfast and lunch there as well.

For meal plans you can choose a 14-meals plan or a 21-meals plan. You can only use 4 a day, and you can't use more than 2 a meal. They do not roll over, and renew every sunday night, so you need to use all of them to get your money's worth. You can use excess meal plans at Fred's if you want to stock up on snacks! Very helpful if you haven't reached your max of 4 that day.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 6 2015
Central College is a great experience due to the over abundance of kind people. Coming from a big state as California and moving to Pella, Iowa was a big change as the population decreased significantly. Central College is greatly supported by the Pella population as well as allumni! Academic life is what keeps me coming back; the professors are brilliant and relatable. Studying is required here; partying is not made a priority. The Athletic Department is also spread across the state of Iowa with positive words. Being a part of the Central Volleyball team has given me many friends and new responsibilities. I had a tough time adjusting to the new environment and college pressures, but without the challenge it would not be worth it!
  • College Freshman
  • May 31 2012
I love Central! The campus is gorgeous and it's so small. It's easy to walk everywhere you need to go and it doesn't take long at all. The academics programs are very challenging and some of them it's difficult to even get in. Even though the classes are challenging, the professors are amazing at sitting down with the students and helping them with anything you need. They'll even help you with social or off-topic issues. As for the social scene, there's not much to do but we sure make a lot to do! It can get boring at times but if you have a big enough social circle, it can stay entertaining. The most amazing thing about Central though that made me choose it is it's Study Abroad Program. Central makes it super easy to get to spend a semester abroad and get the internships/classes you need across seas while also getting to spend time out exploring.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 20 2013