Forbes magazine ranks North Central College among the top 25 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities for 2012-2013 in its annual America's Top Colleges survey.
Forbes profiles about 650 of the approximately 2,500 institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 83 in the Midwest region, No. 273 in the nation among private colleges and No. 366 overall.
The annual rankings are compiled for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability. The rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (32.5 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25 percent); and competitive awards (11.25 percent), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D.