About North Central College

Founded in 1861, North Central College. is a Private college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,716 full time undergraduate students, and 233 full time graduate students.

The North Central College Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 140 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at North Central College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate59%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range980-1170
ACT Range22-27

Admissions at NCC are considered Selective, with ,27% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

87% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 55% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at North Central College.

7%
“We”re apathetic”
40%
“We know about current events and vote”
27%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
27%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
7%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
73%
“I feel extremely safe”
7%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
27%
“We bought the gear”
67%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
27%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
7%
“Available in class”
27%
“They keep regular office hours”
60%
“They”re always available”
100%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
47%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
73%
“There might be people who do”
7%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
13%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
7%
“We”re apathetic”
40%
“We know about current events and vote”
27%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
27%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
7%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
73%
“I feel extremely safe”
7%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
27%
“We bought the gear”
67%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
27%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
7%
“Available in class”
27%
“They keep regular office hours”
60%
“They”re always available”
100%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
47%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
73%
“There might be people who do”
7%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
13%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    44 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    33 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    49 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    49 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    49 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    49 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    49 Students rated local services 4.5 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    49 Students rated academics 4 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

North Central College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of North Central College?

20 Students rated North Central College

Nicole - 04/13/2024

North Central College is a great private school to attend if you’re looking to have a close knit campus community, and small classroom sizes. The professors and staff really care about their students and all students are very welcoming. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with various extracurricular activities. Academics are important, but I found it easy to maintain a student /life balance.

Nora - 01/22/2024

I really enjoy North Central! It is in a great location and the campus is very pretty and well-kept. The classes are a decent size, not too big or small. All the professors are very nice and want you to succeed. There are many activities to get involved in, and multiple resources to help you maximize your potential.

Veronica - 01/06/2024

North Central's Campus is the only one that I stepped foot into and truly felt like I was home. Not everybody else's college search experience will be that significant, of course, but I feel it is important to tell people when they are searching for the right school for themselves: though it may not happen instantly, you will typically always know which school is right for you. If you are looking for a school that loves the arts as much as sports, and vice versa, North Central College could be a good fit for you. If you are looking for a school that only has a few lecture halls and relatively small class sizes, North Central may be the right school for you. If you are looking for a school with an easily accessible downtown area with a lively energy, North Central College is the perfect school for just that. And, if you are looking for a home away from home, a place where you can feel accepted and at your full potential, North Central could be somewhere to consider.

Amber - 05/31/2020

The campus looks great when you are exploring it as an incoming student. This school is not for everybody. I had a poor experience with the faculty in the theatre department, but the students were super friendly and great. I do not feel like I was adequately prepared for a career in the field I majored in.

North Central College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at North Central College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for North Central College is 59%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could talk to my younger self, I would tell myself that it is okay to excel. Since I have attended college, I have discovered how much I love learning and doing well in school. It is a passion that I suffocated for so many years because of the remarks people made to me about my good grades. I was a self conscious high school student who just wanted to fit in and not be known as the nerdy girl who actually did all of the assigned work. I stopped performing as well in all areas of school so that I could be like the majority of the other students. Looking back, I deeply regret that choice. I have always loved learning, but for far too many years, I hid my desire to learn from others. Now that I no longer do that, I am much happier and I am performing to my highest potential in school. I have also realized to what extent my love for learning is and how it has matured over the years. I don't know if I would listen, but this is definitely something I want my former self to know.

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  3. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    North Central College offered a close-knit community with a rich and diverse teacher and student population.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The learning environment and diversity of the staff and students. At most larger universities, the classes are too big and you never know who your real professor is. At North Central, the class rooms are small and you get to have an actual relationship with your professor and get to know the other students in your classes.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is very outgoing and has a leadership background will do very well at my school. She needs to be self-motivated and willing to help others and network on and off campus.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    NCC is a small private liberal arts college that provides everything you need to get a great education; great meaning that there is good atmosphere for learning, small classes for higher attention from professors, and most professors have a Phd in the field they teach.

    Read all  10 answers
  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would of known how to get the right loans in place and how to pay for school. Not knowing what to do led to a lot more stress for being a freshman in college. Also, I wish I would of known how to get more involved with the school. There are a lot of different clubs and jobs availabe and it would of been nice to know how to get more involved and getting my name out in the college.

    Read all  10 answers
  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I would consider the worst thing about my school to be the size of the dorm rooms. They are managable to live in with a roommate, but I would like them to be a little bigger. I love the school I go to, so the worst things really are not that bad to handle.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    North Central College is about a learning community that is built within a neighborhood. If you want that small college feel with small classroom size and a great relationship with your teachers, North Central is the place to come to! Athletic, academic, and theatrically focused, no matter what you do all sorts of students fit in. It's located right in downtown Naperville with plenty of things to do and jobs to get. Hard work is needed... but if you come to learn, you will succeed. Teaching, biology, philosophy, Athletic training, there are many things North Central is known for.

    Read all  8 answers
  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who don't want to educate themselves, or learn from professors who have real life experience in the fields they teach should not attend North Central College. If you are not open to meeting new people or willing to take risks in classroom situations, North Central is not the place for you.

    Read all  8 answers
  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is that we are on a trimester schedule. By the spring semester everyone is drained and doesn't feel like being at school anymore. You do not see your freinds as much and it is really boring because it's either you are getting prepared for fall sports or summer league or you are taking last minute classes so you won't have to stay ovet the summer. The most you can take is 12 credit hours so people will take 4 classes in ten weeks and have to pass all of them.

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  12. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates are prepared and active.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    What I brag about my school most to my friends is how I searched for three years and multiple states to find a school that would be right for me and how after all that time it ended up being forty-five minutes from my home.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academically North Central College is very challenging. However the challenge is good because it makes you work more for your grades. The professors are there to help during office hours.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    North Central is a very good school. It is challenging but worth it. It is a small community and a very safe environment.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    There are no stereotypes.

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Student Body

Students

53%

female

47%

male

2,716

Total Undergrad Enrollment

233

Total Grad Students

10%

Out-Of-State

89%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

60

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

51%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
13%
% White or Caucasian
67%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending North Central College receive some sort of financial aid. 30% were awarded federal grants. While 72% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$36,654

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$10,356

Room and Board

48,210

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$18,411
$30 - $48K
$17,673
$48 - $75K
$20,222
$75 - $110K
$24,724
$110K & UP
$27,550

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