Colleges found in Marion County, Iowa.

  Colleges in Marion County, Iowa

Central College officially opened on Oct. 8, 1854, with a class of 37. The "campus" consisted of one two-story building containing three rudimentary classrooms. This fledgling institution grew both in size and mission during its first 60 years, eventually moving to a parcel of land donated by Pella's founding father, Dominie Pieter Scholte. The College survived fires, three wars, and economic depression during a period of history that saw the United States double in size. It remained solvent because of the faith and dedication of its early faculty members, some of whom accepted produce from local farms as payment.

Jordan Hall at Central College in Pella, Iowa

812 University
Pella, IA 50219
(877) 462-3687
Email Admissions
Private Four-year Liberal Arts - Affiliated with the Reformed Church of America


Shoreline of Red Rock Lake in Marion County, Iowa

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park

Cordova Observation Tower

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