At A Glance
Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in seven areas. North Central College is committed to academic excellence; a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service; a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation; and a caring environment with small classes.
The 65-acre campus, situated in Naperville’s beautiful residential Historic District, offers 12 residence halls, three dining halls and 41 total buildings.
With a population of more than 144,600, Naperville is rated by Money Magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live.” The city anchors the research and development corridor along I-88, near Argonne National Laboratory on the east and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on the west. The campus is just 28 miles from Chicago and a 30-minute ride on the Metra train from downtown Chicago and the economic, social and cultural opportunities available in the nation’s third-largest metropolitan area. A daily Amtrak train stops in Naperville. O’Hare International Airport is 27 miles from campus; Midway Airport is 30 miles.
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The College’s academic calendar consists of three 10 ½-week terms, a summer session and D-Term—a three-week session in December.
North Central College’s faculty is distinguished for its teaching. A distinctive professional term and faculty development grants encourage continued research and professional growth for faculty who regularly publish numerous articles and books but whose primary mission is teaching.
From the first graduating class in 1866 to today, North Central College’s alumni have taken their commitment to reform and improve the world far beyond Naperville. Among the notable accomplishments of our alumni: discovering a synthetic form of the antibiotic chloromycetin, performing on Broadway, serving as the United States Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, gaining recognition as the Illinois Teacher of the Year, becoming one of the first minority owners of a professional sports team, and winning an Olympic Gold medal. North Central College has more than 14,000 alumni living in the Chicagoland area, more than 25,000 worldwide and has an alumni donor participation rate of 22 percent—one of the highest in the region. To learn more, visit northcentralcollege.edu/alumni.
North Central currently sponsors student exchanges in Australia, England, France, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Northern Ireland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Turkey; and fall term group programs in China/Japan, Costa Rica and England. Students may also directly enroll in university programs in Australia, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Scotland, Singapore and Spain. Twelve North Central programs offer students internships abroad. The College also offers short-term courses abroad, during the December Term, in counties such as Argentina/Uruguay, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece/Italy, Morocco, Spain and a graduate-level course in China. In 2014, 102 students will be studying abroad, while an additional 196 will be participating in D-Term courses abroad.
Students may choose from more than 60 active clubs, special interest organizations, student leadership opportunities and preprofessional groups. They may focus on:
Fine and Performing Arts and Cultural Events
Each year, North Central College hosts more than 500 fine and performing arts performances in our state-of-the-art venues. World-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ben Vereen and Bernadette Peters have graced our stages. Our performance venues include:
For a full season lineup, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show. In addition, the College has hosted Pulitzer Prize winners, best-selling authors and expert commentators on the issues of our times.
North Central College student-athletes compete in 25 intercollegiate sports (13 for men and 12 for women) in NCAA Division III and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. North Central College has won 31 team national championships and 123 individual national championships. A total of 379 student-athletes have earned 977 All-America selections and 198 student-athletes have earned 331 national academic awards. Varsity athletic teams include:
*Club sport fall 2015, varsity sport fall 2016.
Oesterle Library offers students and faculty ready access to more than 36 million items from 82 college and university libraries in Illinois in addition to more than 250,000 items in our collections, and electronic access to a wide-ranging array of full-text documents.
North Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411. Phone: 800-621-7440
North Central College offers students unique opportunities to practice intellectual and personal leadership and create experiences that will help define their futures.
Performing Arts Opportunities