Central College

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Central College can be found in Pella, IA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly 1,800 students are enrolled at Central College.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 920 (25th percentile) to 1200 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 21 (25th percentile) to 26 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants that get into this school. We were able to estimate the Central College average GPA (3.13 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 66% of all applicants are accepted to Central College, from which 17 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at central.edu.

Overall Central College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Central College was reported as 65.8% in Fall 2013 with over 2,840 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 21 - 26
  • Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Central College?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Central College, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Central College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 74.4%
  • 2010-2011: 73.1%
  • 2011-2012: 73.1%
  • 2012-2013: 65.4%
  • 2013-2014: 65.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 68.4%

How Does Central College Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Central College is nineteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
William Penn University57.7%
Grinnell College35.1%
Simpson College88.0%
Grand View University95.4%
AIB College of Business68.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Central College (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English20 - 26
Math21 - 26
Composite Score21 - 26
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