North Park University, located in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. The founding was a result of Swedish immigrants to the northern mid United States feeling the need to have an institution that reflected their traditions and values. Initially the school was a two year institution, but in 1958 the school expanded to offer four year degrees. The school offers a liberal arts education grounded in faith. Though the school maintains connections to its Swedish and Evangelical roots, it has become a multicultural institution admits individuals of all faiths while maintaining its Christian persona. The school has approximately 3,o00 students enrolled annually.
North Park University offers a number of majors resulting in bachelor degrees. These programs are based in a liberal arts system that allows students to experience a variety of topics while pursuing their major. The school also maintains the North Park Theological Seminary which allows students to pursue graduate studies in ministry. Adult and weekend programs are also available to members of the surrounding community seeking to enhance their education and opportunities.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrolling at North Park University must submit a completed application, along with all pertinent transcripts and test scores, an academic and personal reference. Once completed students will be asked to interview with an admissions officer. Students should have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 with an ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 1360 to be considered. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study. Students in need of aid should complete and submit the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility and awards. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the school or visiting the financial aid portion of the school's website.
The North Park University Vikings participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Students participating in sports programs will find they may develop additional skills that can prove useful in academic and professional environments. These skills include teamwork, discipline, mental and physical health, and social development.
Athletic programs offered:
- Football (Men Only)
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Volleyball (Women Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Rowing (Women Only)
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants North Park University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at North Park University is around 3,200 students, with undergraduate students making up about 68% 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 $26,000-$31,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- Per unit charges are around $940 for part time students
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||99%||$13,901|
|Receiving Student Loans||73%||$6,592|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, North Park University may offer services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
North Park University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 56%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||39%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||16%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Theology (Ministry) Program
North Park University 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)
- Track and Field (College Conference of Illinois and Wisc)
- Football (College Conference of Illinois and Wisc)
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.
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(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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Theology and Religious Vocations
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 Park University for official up-to-date information.