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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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||485|
|SAT Math 25th||490|
|SAT Composite 25th||975|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||610|
|SAT Math 75th||625|
|SAT Composite 75th||1235|
|Average SAT Score||1110|
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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||26|
|ACT Math 75th||24|
|ACT Composite 75th||25|
|Average ACT Score||22|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
58% of Central College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||17%||22%||19%|
The cost for prospective students to apply to Central College is $25.
What are the requirements for admission to Central College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
11% of students submit their SAT scores to Central College. 89% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.