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 Wisc
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
57%
SAT Range
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Cost

Net Price
$23,565/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,964/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,593/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,610/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,554/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,307/ year

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
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
2,590Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
23%
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
81%
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 College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
48%
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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North Central College Reviews

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This is a small school, that is full of incredible professors who really care about the well being and success of their students. If you know what you want to go to school for and they offer it I highly recommend attending (if you can afford it, it's pretty expensive even by college standards.) The class sizes are very small which makes it easy to actually connect with the professors and other students. Not to mention they just opened an absolutely incredible new science center. Also, the school is located very close to downtown Naperville which was excellent as I was living on campus without a car and occasionally needed an escape.
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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!
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.