International Undergraduate Admission
North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis - there are no official deadlines.
- If you are currently in the United States, we recommend you apply at least two months before you plan to enroll.
- If you are currently outside the United States, we recommend you apply at least four months before you plan to enroll.
Our academic calendar has three terms, which means you can start classes in September, January or March. Most new students begin in September.
What's in an international undergraduate application?
1. Application form
Choose one of the following options:
- Submit an online application form.
- Download a printable version of the international undergraduate application.
- Call +1-630-637-5800 to request an application by mail.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application by mail.
All Applicants: Official high school transcripts/records and certification of graduation. These should be sent by your school or Ministry of Education directly to:
North Central College Office of Admission, 30 North Brainard St., Naperville, Illinois 60540 USA
Transfer Applicants: Applicants who have attended university-level classes must also submit official transcripts/mark sheets for all university-level course work. Course descriptions are also required for any university-level courses taken at institutions located outside the U.S.
Click here for a Transcript Request Form.
3. English Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 68 (Internet-based test) or 520 (paper-based test) for freshmen and 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) for transfer students with 60 or more credits. (Our code: 1555)
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.0 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
- ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL. (Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or at least a 20 on the English section of the ACT.) Our codes : 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).
- Transfer Students: Students applying for transfer from a U.S. college or university who have completed two English composition courses with a grade of C or better are considered to have met the English proficiency requirement.
Please Note: Students who meet all other requirements for admission but do not yet have the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional admission and enroll in North Central's English Language Institute.
4. A personal essay (1-2 pages) describing your degree and career plans and how North Central can help you achieve them. This can be mailed with your application or emailed to Megan Otermat. (Be sure to include your complete name and the term for which you are applying.)
5. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor.
Once your application is complete, we can review your file and let you know your admission status and scholarship eligibility within approximately two weeks.
Students who will need an F-1 student visa to study at North Central will also need to submit:
7. A bank letter certifying the amount of funding available for the first year of studies.
8. A Transfer Verification Form ONLY if transferring from another U.S. institution in F-1 student status.
Please Note: All admissions documents become a part of a student's official file and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.