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Chances of getting into Central College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
65.1%
Admission Difficulty for Central College
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Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Central College and can I get accepted? The school has a 65% acceptance rate ranking it #15 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,749 out of 2,688 applicants were admitted making Central College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Central College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Central College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
975-1235
Applicants Submitting SAT
11%
SAT Scores for Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 485
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 975
SAT Scores for Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 625
SAT Composite 75th 1235
Average SAT Score 1110

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Central College?

Central College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 975 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Central College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1235 and Above Good >76%
1105 to 1235 Avg + 65%-76%
975 to 1105 Avg - 52%-65%
845 to 975 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 845 Low <39%
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Central College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
89%
ACT Scores for Central College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Central College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Central College?

Admission data indicates that Central College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 89 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Central College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Central College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >76%
22 to 25 Avg + 65%-76%
19 to 22 Avg - 52%-65%
16 to 19 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 16 Low <39%
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Central College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.61
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Central College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Central College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Central College was 3.61 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Central College accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Central College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 44% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 12% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

58% of Central College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Central College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 58%
Top 50% of class 89%
Bottom 50% of class 11%
Bottom 25% of class 10%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Central College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,377 1,311 2,688
Accepted 888 861 1,749
Acceptance Rate 64% 66% 65%
Enrolled 148 189 337
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 22% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Central College is $25.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Central College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Central College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Central College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153108 IPEDS survey data for Central College.

FAQs

Does Central College prefer SAT or ACT?

11% of students submit their SAT scores to Central College. 89% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Central College?

65% of those who apply are granted admission to Central College. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Central College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 975 and 1235. 11% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Central College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 89% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.