North Central College - Naperville, IL

College reports record enrollment for fifth straight year

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Sept. 2, 2010—For the fifth straight year, a record number of students will attend North Central College.

The College anticipates 888 new students when fall term classes begin on Monday, Sept. 13. Total enrollment is expected to be about 2,900, including about 2,600 undergraduate students.

About two-thirds of new students are first-year students who graduated high school in 2010, while about 300 are students transferring from other schools. New students are coming to North Central from 17 states and 22 foreign countries.

“The class of 2014 is filled with high-achieving students who have excelled both inside and outside of the classroom,” says Martin Sauer, dean of admission and financial aid. “They bring with them not only an impressive list of talents, but a commitment to leadership and community service. We are excited to have each of them as new members of the North Central family.”

The College expects the incoming first-year class of 2014 to have 588 members, also a record. About two-thirds of total new students and nearly 80 percent of new first-year students will live in residence halls on campus. This is the most diverse population in North Central’s 149-year history, with 17 percent minorities. North Central also sets a record for most international students, with 40.

The average high school grade-point average of new first-year students is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The average ACT score of first-year students is 25. Nine new students were valedictorians or salutatorians, ranking first or second in their high school classes.

“As we embark upon our 150th anniversary, the College’s long-standing tradition of making a high-quality education affordable has never been more important to our families,” Sauer says. “I’m pleased that a record number of new students continue to recognize the remarkable value in a North Central education.”

Enrollment numbers will be formally certified in late September, two weeks after fall term classes begin. The College’s academic calendar consists of three 10-week terms, a summer session and a December Term.