North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose pre-dentistry at North Central College?

Competition for admission to dental schools is intense. Your liberal arts education at North Central College can give you a competitive edge. North Central’s courses in biology, chemistry, physics and other areas will prepare you for admission to dental school. Your professors will get to know you in North Central’s smaller classes, and when you need a letter of recommendation your teachers will know just what to say about you.

You can also:

  • Gain hands-on experience job shadowing local dentists or volunteering at dental offices.
  • Conduct research on your own, with peers or faculty and present your findings at local, regional and national conferences.
  • Work with North Central's pre-health advisor.
  • Network with alumni and peers through North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization.


First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.
North Central College is among the best schools in the region at helping students realize their full potential, according to U.S. News & World Report.
For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”


Dental Schools
Graduates have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
  • Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Graduates include:

  • Founder, Hobson Dental Associates, Woodridge, IL
  • Comprehensive dental services provider, Dr. Lou Ann Best DMD, Albany, GA
  • Clinical instructor in dentistry, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • Practitioner of dentistry/orthodontics/TMJ/sleep apnea, Russell T. Ras DDS, Countryside, IL
  • Dentist, Timothy T. Taylor DDS, Kansas City, KS

Brandon chose North Central because he felt a small-school atmosphere would set him up for the greatest amount of post-college success.

“It was clear there were endless opportunities here,” he says.

As an undergraduate student, Brandon has conducted and presented independent research, kept up with the latest trends in dentistry as a member of the student-run Pre-Health Organization and worked with professors as a lab assistant. He calls the relationship between North Central students and faculty the College’s “biggest asset.”

“We harbor a family-like atmosphere,” he says. “The professors are here to help you, and allowing them to get to know you as a person will really help in the long run...


As a child, Orusa loved going to the orthodontist for her braces. With North Central’s pre-dentistry program, she’ll be the one making smiles.

“It’s a career that requires compassion and great interpersonal skills,” she says.

Orusa gathered vital knowledge through a summer internship at Access Dental Center in Naperville, where she shadowed professionals and gained hands-on experience. She enjoys the challenge of dentistry.

“I gained immense knowledge in just three months,” she says. “With a career like dentistry, I’ll be learning something new every day.”

One lesson Orusa learned through her internship is that networking is critical to success. So, she became secretary of the...


For Evan, academics always came first. Though initially recruited to participate on North Central College’s baseball team, Evan wasn’t sold until he learned about North Central’s student-athlete programs. Because these resources work to ensure academic success, Evan was able to apply himself on the field and in the classroom.

Evan’s fascination with biology motivated him to find a career that would apply his scientific knowledge. After his first experience shadowing health care professionals, Evan knew dentistry was his future.

“Observing dentistry in practice and how it relates to theory was an experience I will never forget.”

Evan didn’t stop at job shadowing. He participated in several...


For Matthew, a degree in biology was excellent preparation for dental school. In fact, it opened the way to acceptance at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

“The biology and chemistry courses at North Central were rigorous. They gave me a great science foundation and high confidence that I’ll excel in a graduate program. And the professors are great mentors. They have an open door policy with students. I had opportunities to develop strong relationships with them.”

Matthew chose North Central for its location and opportunity to pursue two personal interests: biology and baseball. He was the Cardinals’ starting right-fielder for three years, was named to the NCAA Division III All-Central...