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 1,300 students are enrolled at Central College.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 975 (25th percentile) to 1235 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 19 (25th percentile) to 25 (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 (2.98 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 65% of all applicants are accepted to Central College, from which 19 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at central.edu.

Overall Central College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Central College was reported as 65.1% in Fall 2020 with over 2,690 college 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: 19 - 25
  • Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

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

  • 2016-2017: 73.4%
  • 2017-2018: 70.1%
  • 2018-2019: 70.0%
  • 2019-2020: 65.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 63.7%

How Does Central College Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Central College is fifteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
William Penn University58.2%
Grinnell College23.1%
Simpson College80.5%
Grand View University95.9%
Mercy College of Health Sciences97.8%

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
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Central College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading485 - 610
Math490 - 625
Total Score975 - 1235
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 26
Math17 - 24
Composite Score19 - 25
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