The exposure to the Evangelical Church provided by the missions in Japan and China, encouraged many students to attend North Central College for their education. Henry Tayama graduated in 1893, becoming the first student from Japan to do so at North Central College. In 1925, North Central College's enrollment included eight Chinese students, the largest number in its history. By the 1950s, North Central College graduates included students from Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia.