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  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
    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 2,634 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 $36,300.
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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,289/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,985/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,099/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,917/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,982/ year
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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
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,634Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Determined
    31%
  • Privileged
    23%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Hard working
    9%
  • Aloof
    6%
  • Incompetent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
72%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.45 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet rewarding
    24%
  • Spectacular
    18%
  • Academically challenging
    12%
  • School spirit
    9%
  • Roller coaster
    6%
  • Cardinal Football
    6%
  • Unsupportive
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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North Central College Reviews

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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.
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The best part about North Central College as a first year student was being a part of the Premier Scholars Program. It really helped me adjust to the campus, meet life long friends, understand what is expected of me in college and get acclimated to living away from my parents and family. As a junior, North Central granted me the opportunity to study abroad, which was nothing I had ever anticipated doing. I am so thankful for that experience, it changed my life and has made my college career so much more fulfilling.
Great school and campus! It offers a close-knit community and courses that will challenge you. Overall, very happy with my decision to attend North Central College!