Central College (Iowa)

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. 

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (1)



The Baptist Convention of Iowa founded Central University of Iowa in 1853 and it officially opened on October 8, 1854. The first class totaled 37 people. Central was a Baptist institution until 1916, when it was transferred to the control of the Reformed Church in America. 


Majorly obsessed with your future. Central offers dozens of academic programs in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. In 2018, the college celebrated its first graduates from its new engineering program. The college also has several professional programs and more than a dozen pre-professional tracks including dentistry, health, pharmacy, law, medicine, nursing, athletic training, public health and more.


At Central College you have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research, scholarship and creative inquiry. This high-impact experience allows you to engage more deeply with your chosen discipline resulting in new creative works, exciting discoveries and the answer to applied problems.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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Student services

The registrar’s office is committed to assisting students from inquiry to graduation. We communicate information about registration, transfer credit, academic policies, academic progress and graduation. 

Housing services

  • Gaass Hall
  • Graham Hall
  • Hoffman Hall
  • Pietenpol Hall
  • Scholte Hall
  • Language Houses
  • McKee Hall (a.k.a. The Pods)
  • Townhouses

Library services

Throughout the fall, Geisler Library’s second floor was renovated for better function, aesthetics and student collaboration. Construction opened the floor plan to increase light and student traffic — and made room for the Media Center, new offices and three new instructional areas.

Medical services

The United State federal government requires all citizens of the United States to be covered by a health insurance plan.  All students should carry an insurance card of the policy under which they are covered. 

Student Life

Campus life

Central is intentionally residential, and living on campus puts you at the center of it all. Our residential facilities create communities like family. And you’ll be close to dining, workout facilities, study spaces and Maytag Student Center.

Sports facilities

Looking for a place to eat, study with friends or work out? Renovated in 2014, Maytag offers a variety of services and spaces — including the Spirit Shoppe, Fred's (a café with the best French fries and large-screen TVs on campus), an exercise facility and spaces to hang out by the fireplace.

Student clubs

At Central, it’s all about community. Students find it’s easy to become involved and make lasting friendships through the many student activities held on campus and throughout our community. Whether you’re into sports, volunteering, politics, culture, music, or art, it’s easy to find classmates who share your interests. 


  • Higher Learning Commission
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • State of Iowa Board of Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Educators
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Chemical Society


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