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Central is a church-affliated, liberal arts college. The 133-acre modern campus is located in Pella, 45 miles southeast of Des Moines.

Website: www.central.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,274
Undergraduate
Students
(52.6%) 670 Women
(47.4%) 604 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
64% of 3,071 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
August 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.56
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
24 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$53,402
Tuition and Fees
$38,600
Room and Board
$10,280
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$33,519
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$36,854
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
100
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 23% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Pella Population
10,344
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Des Moines
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Big Red
Sororities
2% of women participate
Fraternities
3% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
2.1% Black/African-American
4.3% Hispanic/Latino
1.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
87.5% White
3.1% Unknown
International Students
1.3% from 3 countries
First-Year Students Returning
78.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
59.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
64%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
27.0%
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