More students than ever before are walking the campus of North Central College. In September, enrollment topped 2,726 total students, the highest ever, boosted in part by a record first-year class of 529. In addition, the College welcomed a transfer class of 325, along with 201 part-time undergraduates. The graduate enrollment of 342 is up about 30 students from 2007-2008.
“Admission staff members did an outstanding job, partnering with faculty, coaches and other staff to recruit this extraordinary and talented group of new students,” says Laurie Hamen, vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs. “And these new students have swelled the ranks of several athletic teams, our music ensembles and other co-curricular activities.”
The record class resulted from the largest applicant pool in College history—2,575 first-year and 972 transfer applicants. With 2,187 full-time undergraduates, the College is within sight of its Strategic Plan goals of 2,400 full-time undergraduate students and a campus residential population of 1,450, says Hamen.
In August, an extra orientation session was scheduled and the record enrollment required careful planning to accommodate students wanting campus housing. “While we await the completion of the Residential Hall/Recreational Center, we had to come up with alternative plans,” explains Kimberly Sluis ’99, assistant dean for student life. “We’ve been adding about 100 students a year and our campus population of 1,236 is over 100 percent capacity.”
In response, the College leased satellite housing for 69 students 1.5 miles east of campus in the Huntington Apartments at Maple/Chicago Avenue and Naper Boulevard. In addition, Naper Place Apartments continue to house 145 juniors and seniors in downtown Naperville, a very popular option for students who would otherwise lease privately owned apartments, says Sluis. “They love that facility and it’s nice to keep them part of the campus community.”
To ease parking, the College has established off-site parking at All- Saints Catholic Academy on Aurora Avenue for first-year students who have cars. A new shuttle service to the Huntington Complex, the Aurora Avenue lot and Fox Valley Mall is available on a daily schedule.
Annual Report 2008