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Central College

Location: Pella, IA
Enrollment: 1500
Phone: 1-877-462-3687

Central College is where you can excel, whether that means partnering with professors on health research, playing a sport or even starting a business. Central’s 56 academic programs, including pre-professional options, provide the foundation you need to succeed after college—96% of all graduates are employed in a career of their choice, enrolled in graduate or professional school or completing service a year after graduation.

Located in Pella, Iowa, just 40 miles from Des Moines, Central also offers a wealth of internship opportunities. In addition to Iowa, internships are available during programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City, as well as all of Central’s study abroad locations.

Why choose Central College?

  • Internship opportunities: 76 percent of Central students have internships before they graduate.
  • 94 percent of students are accepted into their first- or second-choice graduate school. 
  • Get involved with more than 100 student organizations from the Rugby Club to Student Senate, plus 18 musical ensembles.
  • Among students who graduate, 93 percent do so in four years.
  • Affordable: 99 percent of students receive financial aid.
  • Study abroad in places like Austria, England, France, Ghana, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and Wales, or on a summer program, and still graduate in four years or less.
  • Central’s 19 sports programs have won 11 NCAA Division III national team championships.
  • Do more: Research alongside professors, get hands-on experience in the athletic training room or start your own business through Central’s Entrepreneurship Program. Central provides opportunities to put your knowledge to work.

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In Their Words

Claire Stewart

Colorado Springs, CO

Major: Biology

“I love the atmosphere at Central and I like the pre-professional program in nursing. I am able to major in biology, minor in psychology, study abroad and play volleyball all in four years.”



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