North Central College

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30 N. Brainard Street, PO Box 3063

Naperville, IL 60540

Phone: (630) 637-5100
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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North Central College is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,755, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 64 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. North Central College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 13. Its tuition and fees are $32,613 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college and a community of learners dedicated to preparing informed, involved, principled and productive citizens and leaders over a lifetime. North Central College offers 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. With 2,400 full-time undergraduates and 500 part-time undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. North Central College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Located in the historic district of Naperville, Illinois, identified as one of the nation's best places to live, North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago's Loop. This proximity to Chicago provides students with access to world class cultural opportunities and internships but also allows North Central College to build unique programs that set it apart from other schools.
The all-college requirements include seminars in religion and ethics, intercultural issues and leadership, ethics and values--important components to the integrative curriculum. Students study in programs like interactive media relations or urban and suburban studies. Some classes are team taught by faculty from two different disciplines, emphasizing how to negotiate differences of opinion, culture and reason. North Central's nationally recognized conflict resolution program serves as a model for professional training, peer mediation and community outreach. Faculty and students collaborate across every field of study through faculty-directed research, on-campus seminars, fieldwork and independent study.
A North Central College education is much more than attending classes and accumulating enough of the right credits to receive a diploma. Some of the most valuable educational experiences take place outside of the classroom: in various extracurricular activities, on the athletic field, or in conversations that arise spontaneously between students and professors. Students and professors often communicate about ideas and issues at a depth not possible within the structure of course schedules and timetables. Students can participate in Chicago Term, an urban immersion program in Chicago that provides an opportunity to learn about the city through classes, internships, exciting field study and service projects. North Central students are also encouraged to study abroad and experience life in a culture beyond the national boundaries--on five continents, from a three-week seminar to a full-year program.
Service learning at North Central College includes community based projects and alternative spring break programs that send hundreds of students out to support service projects, ranging from building Habitat for Humanity houses to urban plunge in New York City. Another unique program is sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise, where students visit Guatemalan coffee farmers to study about social justice issues. The result was bringing "NCC's Best" coffee to the campus coffeehouse in support of free trade.
NCC offers more than 50 clubs and organizations providing opportunities such as art, music, theatre as well as honor societies. Students also work at North Central's award winning radio station, WONC-FM 89.1, which has received both Marconi College Radio and Silver Dome Awards in the past 10 years. No other college radio station in the U.S. has won more. More than 600 North Central students participate in one of 22 intercollegiate sports and the Cardinals rank seventh in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III for the number of national championships won--with 26 national titles and nearly 100 individual national title champions. Cardinal pride is a way of life at North Central College.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1861
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $91,274,932


When applying to North Central College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at North Central College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at North Central College is 16:1, and the school has 38 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at North Central College include: Psychology, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Sociology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6%
English Language and Literature, General 5%
Sociology 5%

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Student Life

North Central College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,755, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. North Central College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,042
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

North Central College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. North Central College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at North Central College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at North Central College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At North Central College, 76.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,944.

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Tuition and fees $32,613 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,327 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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