North Central College, located in Naperville, Illinois, is a private liberal arts college founded in 1861 and originally known as Plainfield College. The school has had two name and location changes over the years, with the final one taking place in 1926. The school is located the a 19th century settlement that is considered among the best places to live in America. The picturesque backdrop provides a quaint atmosphere for students while maintaining and active downtown city life through family owned shops and fine dining establishments. The school is dedicated to educating its students so that may become informed and productive members of society.
North Central College provides students with a liberal arts education that allows students to choose from one of 55 offered majors. Such programs take approximately four years to complete and blend a mix of elective, general education, and lower and upper division courses to form a curriculum. Students may also choose to take on additional courses and earn a minor degree in an additional area of study. Minor degrees are useful for exploring secondary interests or studying an area that augments one's major. Graduate level programs are also available.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at North Central are encouraged to visit the campus and meet with an advisor prior to submitting an application for admission. Students may submit a physical or digital copy of the application, and the information provided, along with transcripts and tests scores, will be used to determine if a student will be admitted for the following fall semester.
Students will also participate in an admissions interview, the substance of which will also be taken into consideration when determining enrollment. Application are reviewed and responded to as promptly as possible, with admitted students receiving confirmation and additional information to start their academic careers. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarship. Student in need of financial assistance must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the start of each academic year in order to be considered.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates NCC accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at North Central College is around 3,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 92% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $35,000-$42,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $980 to $1,200 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||100%||$21,651|
|Receiving Student Loans||76%||$8,097|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, North Central College may offer services to students like:
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
North Central College has an overall graduation rate which is close to 64%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||51%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||11%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
North Central College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (College Conference of Illinois and Wisc)
- Basketball (College Conference of Illinois and Wisc)
- Football (College Conference of Illinois and Wisc)
- Track and Field, Indoor
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by North Central College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact North Central College for official up-to-date information.