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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  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 2,596 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the North Central acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Psychology, Marketing, and Business. Graduating 69% of students, North Central alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,700.
30 N Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

North Central College Rankings

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North Central Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1030-1260
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,536/ 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
$25,870/ 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

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,596Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
85
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
  • Determined
    32%
  • Privileged
    21%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Hard working
    13%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Aloof
    5%
  • Incompetent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
75%
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
  • Difficult yet rewarding
    22%
  • Spectacular
    17%
  • Academically challenging
    14%
  • School spirit
    8%
  • Cardinal Football
    6%
  • Lame
    6%
  • Roller coaster
    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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NCC made it easy to choose the right college to pursue my aspirations! Not only was I offered a wide variety of student resources, I found that the smaller class sizes allowed for a more personalized learning experience. I was awarded multiple scholarship grants while attending NCC, participated in an undergraduate research project where I had the opportunity to work side by side with a highly recognized professor, I received hands-on experience in real world settings, and also created genuine connections with my professors. My point is that NCC has SO much to offer, and as the college continues to expand and develop it will only provide that much more of an experience for future alum. Don’t wait- go apply!
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The professors are excellent. They are knowledgeable and make classes fun. The campus is beautiful and relaxing. I enjoyed their study abroad programs with lots of countries to choose from! However, the course selection is limited as it is a small college. If you're a non-traditional student, this school is not for you. The majority of the students are immature and have a high school mentality.
Just transferred here and can all ready say that the dorms are less than satisfactory. The rooms are very cold and dirty, I counted several dust bunnies on the floor and it’s only my first day! The shower curtains are moldy and have holes in them and the toilets seats are so old that they are yellow and are wearing down in some spots...gross! At least the local area is very nice.