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Chances of getting into Central College

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
64%
Admission Difficulty for Central College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Central College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Central College is 64%.  It ranks #8 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Central College is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 1,490 out of 2,340 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent (SAT 993/1173 ACT 19/25). Central College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.52. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Central College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 11% of students submitted SAT scores and 89% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Central College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
993-1173
Applicants Submitting SAT 
11%
SAT Scores for Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 503
SAT Composite 25th 993
SAT Scores for Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 588
SAT Math 75th 585
SAT Composite 75th 1173
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 993 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 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. Central College 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Central College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1173 and Above Good >77%
1083 to 1173 Avg + 64%-77%
993 to 1083 Avg - 48%-64%
903 to 993 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 903 Low <33%
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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 17
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Central College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
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 #13 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 2020 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 >77%
22 to 25 Avg + 64%-77%
19 to 22 Avg - 48%-64%
16 to 19 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 16 Low <33%
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Central College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.52
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 3.52 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 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 64% 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 
4.0 21.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 16.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 20.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 17.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

79% of Central College freshman were in the top half 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 23%
Top 25% of class 44%
Top 50% of class 79%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Central College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,051 1,289 2,340
Accepted 685 805 1,490
Acceptance Rate 65% 62% 64%
Enrolled 150 175 325
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 22% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Central College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to Central College. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate 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 993 and 1173. 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.