B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  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
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
North Central College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Address
30 N Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540

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
60%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for North Central College

Cost

Net Price
$23,416/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,704/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,180/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,841/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,368/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,529/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.52 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,601Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Determined
    33%
  • Privileged
    21%
  • Friendly
    12%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Hard working
    9%
  • Aloof
    6%
  • Incompetent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.43 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet rewarding
    23%
  • Spectacular
    19%
  • Academically challenging
    13%
  • School spirit
    10%
  • Cardinal Football
    6%
  • Lame
    6%
  • Roller coaster
    6%

After North Central College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
47%
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

North Central College Reviews

791 reviews
All Categories
I think that the rooms are spacious and I highly recommend that you bunk your beds or loft them. I lived in Patterson for three years and loved the rooms there. The rooms in Res Rec are nice as well, but the rooms on the 4th floor get cold since the only source of heat comes from the floor. For the most part, people will prop their doors open so that they can say hi to people walking past, but some people might prefer to keep their doors closed. I think that the cost of living on campus is a little high, but it is totally worth it. I commuted for one year, so trust me on this!
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I can't say enough positive things about Al Carius and his XC and track programs at North Central. Al is a fantastic coach and mentor, always positive and motivating. He has been at NCC for 50 years now. Imagine that! He and the other inspirational coaches have experienced great success with their top-notch D-3 running programs over the years. It's an honor to be a part of this great legacy with them, and I am humbled to be a part of the talented team of Cardinal guys and girls.
North Central is one of the most accepting and tolerant communities I've ever been a part of. Because of the location, many of our students who grew up in town are white, upper-middle class straight people, but we have a large mix of international and out of state students who certainly shake things up culturally, as well as a large population of students who concern themselves more with creating diversity than on their own studies. Many students go out of their way to create a welcoming community for religious minorities, as well as LGBTQ students. Race has not struck me as an issue among students, especially after the march for equality. When other universities demonstrated around the country in order to bring attention to the problems at their own schools, we marched in solidarity, making the statement that we would never tolerate that type of behavior here.