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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
North Central is an above-average private, Christian college located in Naperville, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,634 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the North Central acceptance rate is 54%. Popular majors include Psychology, Marketing, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 69% of students, North Central alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,700.
About North Central College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Address
30 N Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540
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North Central College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
54%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1060-1320
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,037/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,128/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.52 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,634Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
135
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Determined
    32%
  • Privileged
    21%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Hard working
    13%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Aloof
    5%
  • Incompetent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
72%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet rewarding
    22%
  • Spectacular
    17%
  • Academically challenging
    14%
  • School spirit
    8%
  • Unsupportive
    6%
  • Lame
    6%
  • Cardinal Football
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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I love North Central College. The small town feel is great while living within a bigger city. The classes are all small, which means the professors know not only your name, but they know you as well. You can simply walk across campus and see a bunch of people you know, and everybody is super nice and understanding as well. It is a great place to go to school!
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I was in community college for a year then got called up by one of the recruiters to transfer over. What they don't tell you beforehand is what courses transfer over. I wouldn't transfer unless if your college specifically has a transfer guide directly towards North Central. Professors are so so and that's disappointing considering how I thought with the higher tuition costs, they'd be better than community college professors.
My father graduated from North Central. He loved it! I have looked at other private schools locally and have found North Central to be the best. Fits all my needs. Love the location and it's closeness to the beautiful downtown Naperville area (the suburban "Chicago"). It is a beautiful campus and has incredible teachers. They work with you and get you the best possible admissions package they can.