North Park University

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3225 W. Foster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625-4895

Phone: (773) 244-6200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#53 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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North Park University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,203, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 33 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Park University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 53. Its tuition and fees are $23,290 (2013-14).

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

The mission of North Park University is to prepare students for lives of significance and service. North Park offers a distinctively Christian, intentionally urban, and purposefully multicultural educational experience.

Over thirty years ago North Park declined an offer to relocate to the far north suburbs of Chicago, deciding instead to stay, invest, and take advantage of a unique urban setting. The amazingly rich international and multi-cultural neighborhood of North Park, the presence of global corporations, and world class cultural resources of Chicago, attract students as well as exceptionally qualified faculty devoted to teaching.

Rooted in the Christian tradition, the education North Park offers is both profound and practical, balances freedom and disciplined responsibility, and is formational and transformational of the whole person. The common curriculum which all students take is built around some of the great questions of life, including: Who am I? What is Justice? What is true? What is a life of significance? Who is my Neighbor? North Park students develop into men and women with a passion to contribute to the common good of the planet through wide ranging careers in business, health care, government, education and the non-profit sector, including Christian ministries and the church.

Students who are successful at North Park are regularly admitted into top graduate programs around the world immediately following college as well as within three to five years of graduation. Graduates from the North Park pre-med program have had an 80 - 90% admission rate into medical schools for over twenty years.

The campus is located on an award winning and beautiful park-like 30 acre campus in a vibrant and culturally diverse Chicago neighborhood. Four bus routes border the campus and the Brown Line of the train system stops just two blocks away. A student owned automobile is not necessary. Four residence halls house 600 students and another 525 students live in school owned houses and apartments on the campus.

North Park is a complexly diverse university, welcoming undergraduate students from 40 states and 30 countries. Diversity is evidenced in terms of socio-economic factors, race and ethnicity, and the faith background of students.

37 undergraduate majors and 26 minors are supplemented by another several special programs and pre-professional programs.

The Honors Congress is designed for high ability students and provides mentoring and enrichment in a variety of ways, including coaching and mentoring for national scholarship competitions. Since 2008, six North Park students have been awarded international Fulbright Scholarships for their year following graduation and two faculty have been awarded Fulbright fellowships.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation Evangelical Covenant Church
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $64,828,282


When applying to North Park University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at North Park University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 42.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 42.5%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at North Park University is 13:1, and the school has 57.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at North Park University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Bible/Biblical Studies; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 38%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 19%
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Bible/Biblical Studies 5%
Elementary Education and Teaching 5%

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Student Life

North Park University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,203, with a gender distribution of 36.6 percent male students and 63.4 percent female students. At this school, 40 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 60 percent of students live off campus. North Park University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,141
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 Park University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. North Park University 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 Park University, 20 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at North Park University.

Students who have cars on campus 20%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $23,290 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,600 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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