Central Christian College of Kansas, a private four-year college in McPherson, joins the top 10 list of most ethnically-diverse colleges in the Midwest, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

“The U.S. News formula produces a diversity index that ranges from 0 to 1. The closer a school’s diversity index number is to 1, the more diverse the student population. In other words, the closer the number is to 1, the more likely it is for students to run into others from a different ethnic group,” according to www.usnews.com. Central reached sixth place on the list with a .55 index score in comparison to the top placing index score of .66.

“One of our greatest assets is the diverse culture that we have on campus,” says President Hal Hoxie. “Students from diverse backgrounds help to shape one another into leaders in a diverse work environment. It strengthens our culture and it’s a fundamental aspect of a well-rounded education.”

“Today’s students are looking for diversity in their college experience. It’s one of several factors that students take into account when choosing a college,” says Joel Figgs, vice president of enrollment. “We believe that the diversity of our students is reflective of our Christ-centered mission to provide a quality education for everyone.”

Currently, Central is 16 percent African-American, 20 percent Hispanic-Latino, 50 percent Caucasian, and 14 percent in all remaining ethnic groups. These groups consist of more than 20 different nationalities.