North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nick DeFalco

Assistant Director of Transfer Admission/Head Men's Tennis Coach
(630) 637-5807
Lombard, Illinois
B.A. Social Science/History (North Central College, 2009); M.A. Leadership Studies - Higher Education (North Central College, 2014)

Favorite Thing About North Central:
The sense of community you get from not only literally being integrated into the historic downtown community, but being part of a community of lifelong learners, leaders, educators, activists, and professionals. Every time I come back to campus I get that feeling like I did the first year I arrived; the feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself. It’s definitely a unique place where you are more than just a number, you truly feel “central.”

Words I use to describe North Central students:
Involved, motivated, focused, successful, and fans

Why did I choose to become an admission counselor/staff member at North Central?
I enjoyed my time at North Central College so much that I found myself continually being an advocate for the College both while attending and after graduation. After spending a couple years working in the public school system, I found myself being drawn to the mentoring aspect of education and was looking for a way to help guide students in the right direction with their higher education choices. I was fortunate enough to come back to my Alma Mater to do just that.

Favorite Naperville Restaurant:
Tough question! Since I love pizza, I would have to say my overall favorite is Lou Malnati’s. However, I also am a big fan of Mongolian Barbeque, Hugo’s Frog Bar, Potter’s Place, and Bar Louie. But you honestly can’t go wrong with any place you walk into downtown.

Favorite Season in Naperville:
My favorite North Central College season is definitely fall. The excitement of a new year and of a new group of students entering campus is contagious. Plus it’s football season and Homecoming is around the corner.

Advice to Students:
Ask questions and ask for help. Your professors are more than happy to help you with ideas/concepts discussed in class, assignments, papers, and study tips. Not only will this help you understand the content better, but it will help strengthen your relationships with the faculty as a whole. Seek out advice from your advisor(s) as well. They are not always going to come to check on you, so before you make any major decision, don’t be afraid to bounce ideas off them. That is what they are here for.

Second piece of advice is to do some sort of study abroad trip while you are here. Whether it is for a full term or just D-term, its definitely a worthwhile experience.

Something unique/interesting:
I am a certified teacher in the state of Illinois
I have studied abroad in Germany and Greece during D-term.
I was a member of the Men’s Tennis Team at NCC.
I am an internationally certified Tennis Pro.


Community College Table Visits:

- Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove): All "Table Visits" are in the Student Center

Tuesday, March 10 - 10:00am-1:00pm (Table Visit)

Wednesday, April 15 - 10:00am-1:00pm (Table Visit)

- Illinois Valley Community College: "Table Visit" locations vary - see below

Thursday, March 5 - 10:00am-1:00pm (Table Visit - CTC Pre-function area)

Thursday, April 9 - 10:00am-1:00pm (Table Visit - Cafeteria Foyer)

- Lincoln College: Davidson Sheffer Gymnasium – Old Gym

Thursday, February 26 (PICU FAIR)


Visit Days at North Central College

North Central College is hosting a Transfer Information Session on Thursday, February 26.  This event allows students to learn about the admission, financial aid, student life, and have the opportunity to tour campus. To register for this event, click on the following link:


Our next traditional start term possibility, Spring Term 2015, begins Monday, March 30.  For full admission, financial aid and registration consideration, there is a target date of Friday, March 13 for Spring Term file completion.  If you cannot complete your file by this date, call me or our office at 630-637-5800 to discuss your situation.  We are also currently admitting students for our Fall Term 2015 (which begins September 14).

Individual Visits
Can't meet with me at your current community college? You can always arrange an individual campus visit to meet with a counselor, get an unofficial evaluation of your transcripts, and take a tour of our campus in Naperville's Historic District. Simply call our office at 630-637-5800. Be sure to bring copies of your transcripts to review! Also, consider attending one of our Transfer Visit Programs.

Follow Transfer admission on Twitter and Facebook, and check out the College’s web communities page since there are lots of things going on all over campus throughout the year.