Students Say

“Location, Location, Location!” bears an important imprint on an undergraduate education at North Central College. Students cite many “opportunities due to location” boasting, “you cannot beat being so close to Chicago.” But the Windy City isn’t the only reason students choose NCC. The school offers “a wonderful study abroad program,” as well as “a great science department.” Students also enjoy that “professors are multi-faceted individuals, and have a lot to offer.” Most “are very dedicated and accessible. They encourage individual research and independent study.”

Overview

Applicants
5,807
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

“Location, Location, Location!” bears an important imprint on an undergraduate education at North Central College. Students cite many “opportunities due to location” boasting, “you cannot beat being so close to Chicago.” But the Windy City isn’t the only reason students choose NCC. The school offers “a wonderful study abroad program,” as well as “a great science department.” Students also enjoy that “professors are multi-faceted individuals, and have a lot to offer.” Most “are very dedicated and accessible. They encourage individual research and independent study.” Professorial support of students who want to take the initiative in their studies leads undergraduates to “feel that though North Central is not necessarily one of the most ‘highly selective’ schools, it gives you the opportunity to push yourself to whatever academic level you desire.” Students appreciate that “The administration makes an effort to get to know as many students as possible.” Some complain, however, that the administration might be too “focused on the future of the school, and not on the present. They worry about attracting students” more than they do about retaining them.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.47:1
Total Faculty
267
with Terminal Degree
186

149
Women
118
Men
21
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr Holly Humphrey
Dean of Medical Education, Univ of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Esther Benjamin
CEO, Africa Operations; Leaureate Education

Bertram Lee
First minority owner of a professional sports team - NBA Denver Nuggets

Jim McDermet, MBA
Senior Vice President, Global and Americas Operations (Retired); Starbucks

Carl Gamertsfelder
Physicist on Manhattan Project; pioneer in radiation detection & measuremnt

Dan Ruge
White House physician to President Ronald Reagan

James H. Breasted
Deciphered inscriptions on King Tut's tomb; founded Oriental Inst-U Chicago

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,732

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,092

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,766

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,047

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,387

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,050
Required Fees
$180
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,530
Transportation for Commuters
$1,470

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“The typical student comes from upper middle class suburbia, is an average student, an athlete, a Christian, and heavily involved” in some type of extracurricular group. He or she is Caucasian and “comes from the surrounding suburbs and wants to be close to mom and dad, but still able to practice the freedom that college gives.” Other students are “from smaller farming communities in Illinois.” A typical NCC student “goes home about one weekend a month.” Because “it is very uncommon to see an atypical student,” many NCC undergraduates wish that there were “more ethnic and religious diversity on our campus.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,782
Out of State

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

2.11%
Asian
4.03%
African-American
9.69%
Hispanic
74.64%
Caucasian
6.54%
Unknown
1.63%
International

55% female
45% male
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Location plays a large part in the social life of NCC undergraduates as well. The “school is located right in downtown Naperville, where there are a lot of great restaurants, coffee shops, and little stores.” In addition, “there are several bars within walking distance, and those who are 21 and older frequent them.” Film aficionados appreciate that “there is a really cheap movie theater near school ($3), so we go there frequently.” Since “fraternities and sororities are non-existent at our college,” there are “seldom” parties on campus. When there are, they “tend to take place in houses owned by members of the sports teams or in the dorm rooms.” Speaking of sports teams, “a large percentage of students are athletes,” and during the week the “day revolves around practice and class.” Unfortunately, “it seems like everyone goes home for the weekends.” In an effort to curb the Friday night exodus, “the CUAB (College Union Activities Board) puts together lots of weekend and late night activities around campus” but “very few actually have a turn out.” It only takes about 45 minutes to “travel to downtown Chicago via the Metra.” The trip is made easier because the Naperville train station is very near the NCC campus.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
83
First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
90

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
67
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Cardinals)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Cardinals)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Wheaton College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology

Sustainability

North Central College in Illinois isn’t just going green—it’s going Cardinal Green. And it’s headed there in style, just like its namesake. The campus is home to a robust alternative transportation program and now the college's fleet features two electric vehicles as well as one dual electric vehicle charging station. Participants in North Central’s bike-sharing program can rent their Cardinal Red Cruiser Bikes for up to an entire term. One of the most exciting sustainable developments on North Central’s campus, however, has to be the college’s residence hall/recreation center (so-called “Res/Rec” Center). The 400-bed facility is wrapped around a 100,000-square-foot recreation center, giving new meaning to the term “center court.” By building one structure instead of two, the campus minimized loss of campus green space. Even more impressive, the building has achieved LEED Silver. The college launched an expanded “Recycle Right” recycling program on campus to support its green initiatives. A refillable bottle program is designed to help reduce plastic foam cup waste on campus, and bottles are distributed for free to North Central students, faculty, and staff. Best of all, red bottles receive a special price on refills in campus dining areas. Campus dining also supports sustainability in a few ways, including the Community Garden Project developed to educate students about locally grown healthy food options, donating their used oil and grease to on-campus “green” diesel research, and an expanding composting program composting approximately 70 tons of food scraps per year. The Career Center on campus assists students in locating green jobs on a case-by-case basis. Students and faculty engage in independent research in the area of sustainability, and student clubs promote environmental awareness on campus through education programs.

Green Rating
85
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
50

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
13

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
See above

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Elizabeth Appleyard
Associate Dir, Admission & Campus Visits

Address
Office of Admission
30 North Brainard Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Phone
630-637-5800

Email
admissions@noctrl.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Old Main - historic home of North Central College
Benedtti-Wehrli Stadium
Res/Rec Center
Fine Arts Center & Wentz Concert Hall
Oesterle Library
Rolland Boilerhouse Cafe is also a popular on-campus hangout.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Naperville Downtown
Naperville Riverwalk
Chicago, IL
Naperville Shopping District
Naperville Historic District

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8 am to 5 pm weekdays or by appointment
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@noctrl.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Student must be accepted for admission.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
O'Hare International and Midway Airport are both within 40 minutes of campus. We are 2 minutes from the Naperville Metra Station with direct train service to Chicago.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the West: Follow I-88 East to Winfield Road; South on Winfield to Diehl Road; East on Diehl to Washington Street; South on Washington to Benton Avenue; East on Benton Avenue to campus. From the North, South, or East: Follow roadways to I-55 or I-88; Follow I-55 or I-88 to I-355; Take I-355 to Maple Avenue; West on Maple Avenue; Maple Avenue changes name to Chicago Avenue; Take Chicago Avenue to Brainard Street; North on Brainard Street to campus.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriott 1155 E Diehl Rd Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630-505-0550 Fax: 630-505-8337 Red Roof Inn 1698 W Diehl Rd Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630-369-2500 Fax: 630-369-9887 Holiday Inn Select Naperville Suite 455 1801 Naper Blvd Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630-505-4900 Fax: 630-505-8239 Exel Inn of Chicago-Naperville 1585 N Naperville Rd Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: 630-357-0022 Fax: 630-357-9817 Harrison House Bed and Breakfast 26 N Eagle St Naperville, IL 60540 Phone: 800-842-7968 Fax: 630-355-3275 Others at: http://www.naperville-il.com/serv_hot.shtml
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Key Stats

5,807
Applicants
2,782
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate

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