Central College

country rank  633
world rank  1730

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University Overview

Established in 1853, Central College is a non-profit private liberal arts higher-education institution located in the rural setting of the large town of Pella (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Iowa. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Central College is a very small (uniRank enrollment range: 1,000-1,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Reformed religion. Central College offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 169 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. Central College also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Founded 1853
Colours Red and white

University Location

Address 812 University
50219 Iowa
United States
Tel +1 (877) 462 3687
Fax +1 (641) 628 5316

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 70-80%
Admission Office 812 University Street
Pella 50219-1999
(641) 628 5286
877 462 3687

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 1,000-1,999
Academic Staff 100-199
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Rural
Religious Affiliation Christian-Reformed Christian-Reformed Reformed Church in America - www.rca.org

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
2000 Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--General
Size & Setting Four-year, small, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Not Classified (Exclusively Graduate Programs)

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Central College's Library
Central College's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 112,258 physical volumes, 3,952 physical media and 32 licensed digital/electronic databases.
Housing Yes
Central College provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 1,405 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU)
  • Iowa Campus Compact (IACC)
  • Iowa College Foundation (ICF)
  • Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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