Central is a private, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1853 and located in Pella, IA. Central is known for its academic rigor, its leadership formation and, most importantly, for its work creating genuine connections among students, faculty, coaches and alumni that help graduates realize their career aspirations for a lifetime. The college is steadfastly devoted to cultivating diversity of thought and culture through the depth and breadth of its academic programs and career preparation through experiential learning.
The Central academic community is dedicated to educating undergraduate students. Nearly 350 full-time faculty and staff members, serve approximately 1,120 undergraduates, who hail from Iowa and more than 35 other states and countries around the world. The power of the Central global network through alumni, parents, donors and corporate partners brings significant opportunities for the college and its students.
Central's home of Pella, Iowa, is a thriving community of more than 10,000. Pella impressively appears in Oprah's 2021 "60 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP." The community is famous for its annual Tulip Time Festiva...l, its Dutch pastries and its fully functional 1850s-style windmill. Pella is located just minutes from Red Rock Lake, Iowa's largest lake, and is the corporate headquarters of several international companies, including Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation, Precision Pulley & Idler and Lely North America. Niche.com named Pella one of the Best Places to Raise a Family in Iowa and one of the Best Places to Live in Iowa in 2021.
Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Discrimination in employment is specifically prohibited except in cases of a bona fide occupational qualification. Additionally, the college prohibits discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, genetic information (for employees), or any other characteristic protected by law. Central College students have equal rights, privileges and responsibilities unless specifically restricted by college disciplinary action.