Central is a town in Pickens County, along SC Highway 93. Contrary to its name, it is not near the central area of South Carolina. It received its name from its geographic location, being the halfway or central point between Atlanta and Charlotte along the former Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway line. The town is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley metropolitan area.
Central is home to the main campus of Southern Wesleyan University. Southern Wesleyan University is a SACS-accredited school, founded in 1906. It is a four-year Christian university. The main campus in Central houses over 600 traditional undergraduate students. The main campus offers three main housing buildings, two fine arts centers, a dining hall, a library, a gym, and many different class buildings. The campus is also home to FWC Alive, a Wesleyan church which offers both a traditional worship service alongside its contemporary worship service. Between the rich culture close by, and the on-campus activities, Southern Wesleyan University has many opportunities for personal growth and spiritual developmental alongside its educational program.