Central Christian College of Kansas proudly announced its student enrollment rate for the 2017-18 school year has reached a record high. Since becoming an accredited four-year college in 2000, Central has experienced a steady increase in its enrollment rate, but none more so than in 2017. The total enrollment rose to 346 on-campus students – up from 314 – which is an increase of ten percent over last year. Having graduated a large class of 169 students this past May, Central more than made up for it by enrolling 173 freshmen in August – another record high since becoming a four-year college. This year, Central has students from 29 states and more than 20 countries.
“We are encouraged not only by the increase in enrollment, but also with the diversity of the students that we are seeing on campus, in the classrooms, and on the playing fields,” says Joel Figgs, V.P. of Enrollment, “it adds to the excitement on campus and drives us towards providing a strong student experience.”
President Hal Hoxie stated, “The increase in enrollment this year gives us reason to celebrate. We established a long-term strategic plan to grow Central to 600 residential students and eventually 1200. This year’s growth keeps us right on that path. It also reinforces our commitment to our mission of Christ-Centered Education for Character while creating an environment so that our students can graduate with no debt. To accommodate our student body we will now focus on building a new track facility, dormitory, and dining facility.”
Currently, the College is leveraging several properties near the school as part of our progressive housing model, which allows upperclassmen to move from dorm-style living to apartment style. However, the college still needs additional space and is looking to break ground soon on a new living complex.
Central attributes this growth to aggressive program development and recruiting strategies. The college’s commitment to its mission also makes it appealing for students looking for a unique college experience. In addition, the Central Work Program (CWP) continues to gain traction. This program, initiated by President Hal Hoxie, allows students to attend the college without amassing large amounts of college debt, while gaining vocational experience in the process.