How much does Central College cost?

Central College Cost of Attendance
In-state $18,600
Out-of-state $18,600
On-Campus Room and Board $10,280
Off-Campus Room and Board $9,980
Average Annual Cost $19,953
Average Cost by Family Income
Family Income Average Cost
Under $30,000 $19,172
$30,000-$48,000 $19,207
$48,000-$75,000 $19,495
$75,000-$110,000 $23,810
Over $110,000 $28,720

Central College Financial Aid and Debt


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Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman

Aid Type % Receiving Average Amount
Grant or scholarship aid 100% $26,932
Federal Grants 39% $5,237
Pell grants 34% $4,288
Other federal grants 38% $1,502
State/local goverment grant or scholarships 42% $5,806
Institutional grants or scholarships 100% $24,275
Student loan aid 76% $8,485
Federal student loans 75% $6,623
Other student loans 16% $13,805

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Micro-scholarships* Colleges Awarding Amount
Play a sport 140 Up to $1,500
Take a challenging class 289 Up to $3,000
Have perfect attendance for a year 200 Up to $2,100
Visit a college campus 276 Up to $6,000
Take a foreign language class 185 Up to $5,000
Do an extracurricular activity 277 Up to $3,000
Attend a summer program 131 Up to $4,500

*GPA and other eligibility restrictions may apply

Central College Admissions

What is Central College's admissions rate?
Acceptance Rate 65%
Average GPA
SAT Submissions 19% of applicants
SAT Reading 485-610
SAT Math 490-625
SAT Writing
ACT Submissions 81% of applicants
Composite Score 24

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Central College Campus Life


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Student Population

Campus Life
Total undergraduates 1150
Living on campus
Transfer Students 2%
Under Age 25 99%
Gender Balance

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Hispanic or Latino
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About Central College

Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,150 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference.

Pella is a thriving community of more than 10,000. It is famous for its annual Tulip Time Festival, its Dutch letter pastries and its fully functional 1850s-style windmill. Pella is located just minutes from Red Rock Lake, Iowa’s largest lake, and is the corporate headquarters of several international companies, including Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation and Precision, Inc. named Pella one of the Best Places to Live in Iowa, one of the Safest Places to Live in Iowa and one of the Best Places for Millennials in Iowa in 2018.


812 University
Pella, IA

Type Private
Profit Status not-for-profit
Category Baccalaureate Colleges
Setting Distant Town
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