Become a Leader
What do you want to do with your life?
Start a business? Create art? Care for the sick? Educate others? A North Central education doesn’t just prepare you for the job you will do, but for the person you will become. We’re driven by our mission to mold “informed, involved, principled and productive leaders.” We take this call to leadership development seriously, and you’ll find opportunities to lead woven through every area of the College—in classes and on athletic teams, in residence halls and on student organizations.
Leadership development at North Central is deeply rooted in ethics, values, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. The Leadership, Ethics, and Values (LEV) program will permeate and enhance your academic experience with engaging capstone courses; it will also provide options for academic concentrations or minors, such as Social Change and Public Advocacy.
Leadership learning can also take place outside the classroom through iLead—a dynamic leadership series designed for first-year students to explore and discover their personal leadership potential—and the student organization LEVerage. Those chosen for the Distinguished Leaders Program receive scholarship-based support for their academic and co-curricular leadership commitment.
Student-athletes have access to a robust athletic leadership program, including the Rising Stars series, while student organization leaders are developed through collaborative workshops and advisor mentoring. An annual Student Leadership Conference brings all aspiring or active student-leaders together for an incredible weekend of speakers, workshops and exhibitions.
You’ll have ample opportunities to practice your leadership skills and apply your knowledge as you explore 60+ student organizations. Perhaps you’ll find a niche as a senator in student government, a service trip leader to a Haitian clinic, or the station manager at WONC Radio. Maybe you’ll take on an influential role among your peers as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, First Year Mentor, Student Athlete Mentor or Peer Mediator.
December Term offers unique experiential learning options, such as challenging outdoor leadership expeditions (pictured above) for men and women and service-focused trips that explore and address the root causes of poverty and injustice.
It’s not just what you lead, it’s how you lead. A North Central approach to leadership is focused on ethics and oriented toward social change. Embedded in every campus role, student group, and event is an emphasis on principled leadership in action. You can partner with Guatemalan farmers to sell fair-trade coffee through Students in Free Enterprise, support a microenterprise in the Kibera slums of Kenya on a Break Away service trip, or advocate for victims of oppression through our chapter of International Justice Mission. If you want to explore a life of humanitarian service, the Mironda K. Heston Grant can help you fund and implement your idea for sustainable change anywhere in the world.
Effective leadership produces results. North Central student-leaders often exhibit excellence through their high-level scholarship and high-impact service. Many of our top leaders are College Scholars, write honors theses, and hold influential roles like student government president, team captain, or orientation team leader. Some receive Richter Grants to fund their unique research projects around the world, and many present their work at the Rall Symposium on campus or at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. The Blue Key Honors Society features top-notch students recognized for their leadership, service, and academic accomplishments. One of the most celebrated honors at our annual Student Leadership Awards banquet is the Servant-Leader Award, given to a student who embodies the type of leadership that is central to our mission.
At North Central College, you won’t just learn—you’ll learn to lead.