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 six 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 68.5-acre campus, situated in Naperville’s beautiful residential Historic District, offers 11 residence halls, three dining halls and 39 total buildings.
With a population of nearly 145,000, Naperville is rated by Money Magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” and by Chicagoans as the most desirable town 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, earning the title of COO, CEO and CFO of major corporations, becoming one of the first minority owners of a professional sports team, and winning an Olympic Gold medal. North Central College has more than 12,000 alumni living in the Chicagoland area, more than 25,000 worldwide and has an alumni donor participation rate of 20 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. Eleven North Central programs offer internships abroad. The College also offers short-term courses abroad, during the D-Term, in counties such as Argentina/Uruguay, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece/Italy, Morocco, Spain and a graduate-level course in the United Arab Emirates. In 2015-2016, 89 students will be studying abroad on semester, yearlong and SIROL programs, while an additional 156 will be participating in D-Term courses abroad.
Students may choose from more than 75 active clubs, special interest organizations, student government boards 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, Vienna Boys Choir and The Tenors 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, Nobel Peace Laureates, 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 389 student-athletes have earned 1,007 All-America selections and 228 student-athletes have earned 369 national academic awards. Varsity athletic teams include:
*Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Triathlon begin competition in the 2016-2017 academic year.To learn more about Cardinal athletics, visit northcentralcardinals.com.
The 2014-2015 fiscal year was the 44th consecutive year to conclude with a balanced budget. As of August 31, 2015, North Central College’s endowment was $99.2 million ($104.3 million when charitable trusts and similar funds were included). The College publishes its annual report every December. To view a copy, visit northcentralcollege.edu/content/financial-statements.
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 facilities are available for outside use, including state-of-the-art classrooms, athletic facilities, performance and lecture venues, wedding and reception spaces and air-conditioned townhouse-style residence halls. For more information, visit northcentralcollege.edu/community-and-visitors. Courses and programs are offered to the community in business and professional development, computers, languages and fine arts. All courses are noncredit unless otherwise specified. A variety of summer, athletic, educational and fine arts camps are also offered by the College.
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