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Central College Data & Information Overview

3 awards Ranking Badges
75% Acceptance Rate
1% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Central College Ranked?

Accounting Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Central College was awarded 3 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting.

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Overall Quality

Central was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Central?

75% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Central College is 75%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Central is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 10% of students accepted to Central submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Central College  ( 500 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Central College  ( 500 to 630 )
Central received ACT scores from 67% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Central College  ( 19 to 25 )

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Central College Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Central, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Central College is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central College

79% Freshmen Retention
62% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Central College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Central the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 62%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

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Central College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,079 Full-Time Undergraduates
13.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
47.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,120 undergraduates at Central with 1,079 being full-time and 41 being part-time.

How Much Does Central College Cost?

$21,099 Net Price
73% Take Out Loans
$31,516 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Central is $21,099. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Central

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,503 $18,512 $19,566 $21,995 $23,782

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Central, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Central, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $7,879 a year. That adds up to $31,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Central is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Central Graduates Make?

$49,741 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Central make around $49,741 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Central graduates since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Central College

Iowa State
1,079 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Pella, Iowa, Central College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Central is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for Central are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 812 University, Pella, IA 50219
Phone: 877-462-3687

Central College Majors

35 Majors With Completions
270 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 43 $43,169
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 35 NA
General Biology 19 NA
Sociology 17 NA
Communication & Media Studies 14 NA
General Psychology 13 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12 NA
Romance Languages 9 NA
Accounting 8 NA
History 8 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Central College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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