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Reviews 337 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really love that upon my immediate arrival I was surrounded by a group of SOS students (an student organization that welcomes Freshman and incoming students to Central) who helped carry all of my heavy belongings up to my dorm room. Everyone I've met in this four-week period has been welcoming, warm, understanding, and inclusive in class. Professors are intellectual and personable, and they know when you miss a class. The campus at Central University of Iowa is so beautiful and peaceful, and the wild squirrels complete the sort of serene atmosphere.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Central has been the perfect school for me in my two years there. The professors are always willing to work with students outside of class. We also have very small class sizes that makes learning much easier and more hands-on. I would never trade my education at Central for anything.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to choose from, and all of them are close enough to walk to. However, late night options are almost non-existent.

Many places give a student discount as well!

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have any issues with Administration. As long as you don't break the rules, you don't have to worry about them. They're really cracking down on parking, but they seem to be really lax on drinking on campus. But it really depends on your RA's.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are plenty of scholarships and financial aid opportunities if you work to apply for them. The office is incredibly helpful as well.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: 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.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many options to choose from once you're not a freshman. Upperclassmen can choose to live in houses, 'pods' (four two person rooms with a central living space), and there are five dorm buildings to choose from for everyone.

In terms of cleanliness and comfort, it really depends on your peers who live in the same building. The rooms tend to be somewhat small, but they aren't cramped (except Hoffman from what I hear). Graham and Gaas have the largest rooms.

The process is pretty simple as well.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The fact we cant roll over meals and it's so expensive makes everything just ok.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The facilities are nice, the housing process could be fixed and more organized.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like that CUIFS tries to integrate student suggestions and more local foods and varieties! I wish we didn't have a limit on how many meal plans we could use per time, and if they rolled over from week to week, that would be great!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Graham Hall, all girls. It's always clean and the staff are very kind and friendly. I wish there was more involvement by each floor, and that we utilized the community space more often.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm a cheerleader and I love it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in scholte center sucks

4 College Freshman

Majors: You get really close with the professors

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It helped a lot for my freshman year

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Theres not very many parties

3 College Freshman

Administration: They tolerate very little from the norm.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not much partying goes but on weekends you can often find drunk people.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me a presidential Scholarship.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: This school has a huge focus on sports.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are hardly any healthy off campus options.. mainly fast food.

3 College Senior

Majors: It was super easy to get into this major..

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much variety and nothing's open late.

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.

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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.


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