North Central College

Getting Started

Finding the right college is a big job. After all, you're only looking for that special place offering the skills and confidence to take on the world. You could use a hand. That's why we're here - to help you manage this decision. 

Get your journey started by telling us about yourself. Start with your application. Plan a visit. Meet with your admission counselor. It's your story. We hope you share it.


At North Central College there are over 70 undergraduate majors, minors, and programs offered through 19 academic departments organized in three undergraduate college/schools (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Entrepreneurship, School of Education and Health Sciences) along with 8 interdisciplinary programs.

North Central College offers students:

  • A wide array of majors, minors and programs.
  • More than 75 student clubs and organizations for you to make friends, explore interests and develop leadership skills.
  • NCAA Division III varsity athletics, complemented by robust intramural and wellness programs.
  • A great location in downtown Naperville, Illinois, with a hometown feel, trendy dining and shopping, plus easy access to Chicago via the Metra station a few blocks away.

Live Here

Living on the North Central campus makes it easy to share the college experience with others while building lasting friendships. More than 75 student organizations and our residence life staff are here to help you and your new friends learn what it means to be a Cardinal.

A North Central education is much more than memorizing information from textbooks and listening to lectures. It begins with learning how to learn. Smaller class sizes, professors who know your name and specialized first-year programs make you feel at home at North Central - academically and personally - from the day you arrive.

The North Central advantage features:

  • a Welcoming Campus
  • a Caring Environment
  • a First Generation Support Program

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Additional Information:

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Deadline Information

Freshman Applicants

You may apply for admission throughout the year, although we encourage you to do so in the fall of your senior year. We review applications on a rolling basis. Once we have your complete file for admission, you’ll receive a decision within just 10 days.

A complete file for admission consists of:

  • An application
  • Official high school transcript along with any college course work
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (unless applying test optional).

Optional information we will consider:

  • Personal Statements
  • Writing samples
  • Letters of recommendation.
Admission Requirements

Because we look at each application on an individual basis, we encourage you to contact your admission counselor to discuss your individual circumstances. 

Transfer Applicants

Admission Requirements

  • To be competitive for admission, a 2.5 transferable grade-point average is preferred.
  • If you have not earned 24 transferable semester hours, your high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores will also be required.
  • You must not have been dismissed for any reason from your last institution attended.

International Applicants

The excellence of North Central's support for international students and programs was recognized by the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus  Internationalization. At North Central you can be part of an active international community, supported by the award-winning Center for Global Education, where your perspective is valued.

Submit your online application as either a freshman (students who are completing high school at the time of application) or a transfer (students who have attended/are attending a post-secondary institution).

Financial Aid

College may be the first and most important investment decision you'll make as a young adult, one that impacts the rest of your financial life. But it is not a step you have to take alone. Our admission and financial aid team will help you design an aid package that can include need and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans, and/or campus employment. Contact your admission counselor or the financial aid team to get started on your path to a North Central College degree.