North Central College - Naperville, IL

Distinctive academic programs and small-college atmosphere attracts international scholars

international students
North Central’s distinctive academic programs paired with personal attention and Chicago suburban location attracts talented international students.

 

 

Wesley Ellis

After attending the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp at North Central, Wesley knew that jazz was the major for him. The College’s liberal arts curriculum allows him to refine his musical expertise while exploring other areas.

“If you’d like a comprehensive education in the jazz genre while also pursuing other interests, North Central is the place to be!”

Though he focuses on jazz, Wesley also is involved in classical voice exercises to become a versatile musician. Every week, he takes private classical voice, jazz voice and jazz piano lessons with musical professionals. He also stays involved with North Central’s Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the top Jazz Combo.

 The talented instructors and musicians at North Central have become mentors he relies on for inspiration or motivation.

“The knowledge and experience I’m gaining under the instruction of the prestigious North Central faculty is making me very competitive in the jazz industry.”

Wesley Ellis earns Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award

Wesley Ellis ’17
Wesley Ellis received the Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Wesley Ellis ’17, son of Gary and Kamie Ellis of Normal, was awarded the Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Wesley, who plans to graduate from North Central College in 2017, is majoring in jazz studies. He is a graduate of Normal Community West High School. He has consistently earned honors on the College’s Dean’s List.

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.

North Central College welcomes near record number of tenure-track faculty

Abiodun Goke-Pariola, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty
North Central’s hire of 14 tenure-track faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year is the highest in 27 years and rivals the largest class ever.

Fourteen new tenure-track faculty members—representing all academic divisions, including arts and letters, business and economics, human thought and behavior, and science—started the 2015-2016 academic year at North Central College.

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.

Student receives Richter Grant for researching German harmonica pedagogy

Jacob Prosek '15 travels to Germany to explore his belief that music education curriculum should include harmonica.

Jacob Prosek ’15 feels there could be an alternative teaching method for children first learning to play musical instruments. He foresees elementary schools using harmonicas, which are cheaper, more portable and more pleasing to the ear than a recorder. “Even a beginner can achieve immediate success,” he says.

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.

Registration begins July 6 for noncredit programs at North Central College

Registration begins July 6 for North Central College’s 2015 fall community noncredit programs covering health and wellness, professional development and more.

Registration begins July 6 for North Central College’s 2015 fall community noncredit programs. The programs are offered from September to November and cover a range of topics, including health and wellness, professional development, computer training, language education and general interest.

Whether students are age 7 or 70, every community member can find courses to enjoy.

Big names headed to Naperville for North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine Arts Season

Peter Frampton
The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Jonny Lang and The Tenors are among stars headlining North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Jonny Lang and The Tenors are among stars headlining North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

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