North Central College - Naperville, IL

Cory McCleave

North Central College’s liberal arts foundation suited Cory as an aspiring surgeon in unexpected ways. He was pleasantly surprised to find a parallel between medicine and his liberal arts education.

“Although a doctor may specialize in spine surgery, he or she was originally trained as a primary care physician. Even though our primary education is focused on science, we still take classes in other fields.”

Cory recognized that medical schools seek more than just students with scientific medical knowledge; they seek well-rounded individuals. He pursued his varied interests by traveling with the College’s Appalachia Service Project trips to renovate homes for impoverished families.

“While these trips may not be fundamentally health-related, I learned so much about compassion and sacrifice from the families we helped. It was more than worth the six-hour drive.”

Cory also values how professors and students at North Central form a strong bond, both in and out of the lab. And, the College’s small student body creates many opportunities to adopt leadership roles. Cory was involved with the Pre-Health Organization—a club that offers health care seminars, events and Q&A sessions with alumni in the health care field.

“I spoke with graduate students about medical school, training and educational requirements as well as many other questions I had. These kinds of opportunities are not available at every college.”

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central among America’s Best Colleges for 22nd year

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2015 Great College To Work For

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education  has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”

North Central College is among just 86 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace. The recognition is based on results of surveys of more than 44,000 employees at 281 colleges and universities.

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian honored at Commencement for 30 years of leadership in academics

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College

The hundreds of faculty candidates who’ve visited campus the past 20 years typically ended their interviews in the office of R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. In his fifth floor office of Old Main, they all learned about his passion for teaching—and the No. 1 qualification for working at North Central College.

“You have to teach to every student in the class and in a class of 30 or 35 students, that’s not a small thing,” says Pandian, describing the qualities of a great teacher.

North Central College student earns finalist award in New York Times essay contest

North Central College’s Adam Lundquist ’16 had an essay published in The New York Times as one of four finalists in a writing contest for college students.

North Central College junior Adam Lundquist earned one of four finalist titles in a nationwide New York Times college essay contest.

“Modern Love,” a popular weekly series of reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love, asked college students to submit personal stories of modern love for the opportunity to have their work published in the newspaper.

North Central College announces largest fundraising campaign in school’s 154-year history

Students demonstrate chemistry experiments at the kickoff celebration
North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million fundraising effort, the largest in the College’s history.

North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million drive that is the largest fundraising effort in the College’s 154-year history.

Nearly 1,000 students, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff gathered with local and regional elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries May 15 at a kickoff celebration in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

North Central College breaks ground on “transformative” new Science Center

North Central College held a groundbreaking for a new Science Center that ranks among the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s history.

North Central College on Friday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Science Center that ranks among the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s 154-year history.

MIT physicist delivers Rall Symposium keynote about “The Future of Learning”

Dr. David Pritchard
MIT physics professor and education researcher Dr. David Pritchard delivered a Rall Symposium keynote on "The Future of Learning."

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