North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students encouraged to apply early for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Students are encouraged to file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms early to qualify for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) funds.

Funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) has shrunk in recent years, while the number of applicants has grown, making it necessary for students to file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms earlier than ever.

“Because we don’t have enough money to fund everyone who’s eligible for MAP, students will have the best chance of getting aid if they file their FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as they’re able,” says Katharine Gricevich, a spokesman for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2014

G.I. Jobs magazine has rated North Central College a 2014 Military Friendly School.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2014 Military Friendly School.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Graduating student-veterans are standout students, leaders

North Central College’s graduating student-veterans James Davidson, Adam Doden and Wesley Sorrill are standout scholars, future leaders.

Three student-veterans—James Davidson, Adam Doden and Wesley Sorrill—are among some 730 students who will graduate from North Central College in 2013 and attend Commencement June 8.

Each veteran is a standout student. They are inductees to North Central’s SALUTE national honor society and were named the outstanding student in each of their academic majors at the College’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

North Central College to award honorary degree to Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel

Longtime Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel will be awarded an honorary degree June 8 during North Central College’s 148th Commencement ceremony.

Longtime Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel will be awarded an honorary degree June 8 during North Central College’s 148th Commencement ceremony.

The Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, is expected to draw more than 5,000 parents, alumni and visitors to North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., Naperville. Tickets are not required but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so guests are encouraged to arrive early; doors open at 8:30 a.m. for guest seating. The academic procession begins at 9:40 a.m.

Troy D. Hammond to be inaugurated May 17 as 10th president of North Central College

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes concerts and a fireworks display.

The May 17 inauguration of Troy D. Hammond as the 10th president of North Central College is part of a week that includes honors ceremonies, concerts and a fireworks display.

The inauguration occurs during Cornerstone Week, May 13-19, an annual celebration that commemorates the College’s 1870 move to Naperville from Plainfield and the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main. Some events will be webcast live. The week includes the following events:

Ryan Brazel

Veteran Student

Ryan Brazel ’14 called his college decision a “no brainer.” After interacting with North Central College’s admissions staff, the navy petty officer knew where he belonged.

“The staff at North Central was just remarkable helping me through a process that could have been a major catastrophe,” said Brazel, who was battling the clock to find a school after returning home from his fourth deployment. “I had minimal time, not to mention I was transferring from a two-year college. The wonderful people here made sure I was up and running.”

North Central has a variety of programs and events in place to help student veterans transition from military life to campus life. Some focus on academic and financial issues while others are purely recreational.  One of Brazel’s favorites is “Pizza with the President.”

“I would definitely recommend North Central to fellow military members,” he said. “This College has been one of the most military-friendly schools I have ever encountered.”

Brazel is doing his part to make it even better.

“My goal is to help all vets who come through here, from beginning to end; to help them find everything they need, from bookstores to classrooms. To make sure they’re receiving their benefits and are able to pay their bills. I want to make sure the percentage of vets who graduate here is 100 percent. They have each put in the time and earned their right to be here, whether they went through combat or not.”

Brazel is working with fellow veterans, the local Walgreens and veterans’ program advisor Dr. Renard Jackson—someone Brazel insists “must have been a vet in a previous life”—to send care packages to active units serving in Afghanistan. He’s excited about the group’s potential for growth.

“The more we work together, the better it’s going to be for future student veterans,” he said.

A boatswains mate second class petty officer in the U.S. Navy, Brazel has completed two tours of duty in Iraq and two in the Arabian Sea. He plans to major in exercise science.


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