Central College

Central College

Central College is a private, four-year college located in Pella, Iowa, United States. It was established in 1853, but officially opened on 8th October of the following year. It was originally named Central University of Iowa (also referred to as CUI), and was renamed to Central College in the mid '90s. The college offers a number of degree courses in various fields of liberal arts, commercial studies and science. The campus of the college spreads across an area of 130 acres.

The sports teams of the college are known as the Dutch. The intercollegiate sports teams fielded by the college participate in cross country, basketball, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, wrestling, track & field and football. The college also has a cheerleading squad and a dance team.

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Central College
812 University
Pella , IA 50219
General Phone: (641) 628-5286

Central College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts88linguistics, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, ...
Business and Management52business management, accounting, international business
Science47biology, natural sciences, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43exercise science
Education and Teaching41elementary school teaching, music teaching
Media22communication studies
Mathematics14mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Therapy and Counseling8psychology
Art Studies7art studies
Computer Science and Engineering6information science, computer science
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Central College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree34436

Central College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Central College had a total enrollment of 1,605 students (1,272 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 45%
20-21 42%
22-24 8%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Central College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %
Part-Time 100 %

Central College Room and Board (2007)

Central College offers campus housing for 89 of its 1,272 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Pella, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Central College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal383633
SAT Math423633
ACT Verbal1830
ACT Math1829
ACT Composite1929

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Central College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,944
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,944
Room and board $ 8,006
Room charge $ 3,926
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,080
Books and supplies $ 960
Other expenses $ 1,690

Financial Aid:
Central College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 185000)

Central College Faculty

Central College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$67,1028$63,668
Associate professoracademic year23$58,44115$55,831
Assistant professoracademic year10$49,67111$49,651
Instructoracademic year3$45,3791*
All faculty totalacademic year53$58,82535$55,360

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Central College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Central College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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