Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both students and college admissions officers alike. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Get Started Learning About Diversity at Central, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
Overall Diversity is Good
The overall diversity ranking is created by adding up individual factors of racial, geographic, gender and age diversity.
Central College is thought to be above average in overall diversity, and is ranked #954 nationwide.
Below Average When It Comes to Racial Diversity
Many students value the chance to meet and learn from others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, unfortunately, that may be hard to do at this school.
Central College is ranked #2,063 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is below the national average.
Explore Central Racial Diversity
If the data is available, the following chart will show Central undergraduate student diversity.
Central's racial diversity is below the national average.
The faculty at Central is not racially diverse.
Balanced Gender Ratio
If you desire a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Central College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Central is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #78 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 617 males and 620 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Central
If available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among Central's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Central is excellent.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among Central's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Central is above average.
Representation from U.S. States is About Average
Are you seeking a college that attracts students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
To create the geographic diversity for each school, we looked at where every student resided before they were admitted.
About 65.0% of the students attending Central College come from within Iowa. This puts Central's level of geographic diversity on par with the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #854.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 18 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Central
There is a relatively small community of about 8 international students at Central College representing 2 countries. For all the details, go to the Central International Student Page.
Age Range on Campus
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you rather have a school where most students are the same age as you?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Central College, 90.3% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Central #2,595 in the nation for student age diversity.
Central Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Central students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is simply defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, races, cultures, beliefs and economic backgrounds. Students who state that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to provide a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, classes, and religions.
- How is Central doing at supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how Central is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Central?
Get in touch with the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are available that encourage diverse perspectives on campus.