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North Central College Overview

Located in Naperville, Illinois, North Central College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is North Central College Known For?

872 Undergraduate Awards
$32,920 Avg Cost After Aid
54% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at North Central is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at North Central.
  • In 2017-2018, 46% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from North Central with a bachelor's degree make about $47,800 a year. That's 17% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average North Central student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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North Central College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at North Central.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Radio, Television & Digital Communication Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards North Central has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Highest Paid Public Relations & Advertising Graduates College Factual
#8 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#52 Best Value Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#59 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#81 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#100 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual

Where Is North Central College?

Location of North Central College

Contact details for North Central are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-637-5100
Website: northcentralcollege.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NorthCentralCollege
Twitter: http://twitter.com/northcentralcol

How Do I Get Into North Central?

You can apply to North Central online at: https://northcentralcollege.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for North Central

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into North Central?

54% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
North Central has an acceptance rate of 54%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 55%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to North Central submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 703. Math scores were between 513 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Central College  ( 550 to 703 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for North Central College  ( 513 to 620 )
200
800
North Central received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for North Central College  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for North Central College  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for North Central College  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford North Central College?

$32,920 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of North Central is $32,920. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At North Central, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,409 a year. That adds up to $29,636 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at North Central is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

North Central College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,538 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,615 undergraduate students at North Central, with 2,538 being full-time and 77 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  North Central

There are also 273 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,538 full-time undergraduates at North Central, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  North Central

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of North Central College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of North Central Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 88
Black or African American 112
Hispanic or Latino 397
White 1,658
International Students 85
Other Races/Ethnicities 198

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at North Central College. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 44 countries are represented at North Central. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at North Central College

13 Took All Classes Online
99 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2017-2018, 99 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at North Central has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 83rd most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of North Central majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 8%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%

North Central College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Psychology 107 0 107
Business Administration & Management 51 32 83
Marketing 64 0 64
Health & Physical Education 57 0 57
Teacher Education Grade Specific 47 0 47
Accounting 44 0 44
Economics 41 0 41
Liberal Arts General Studies 5 34 39
Finance & Financial Management 38 0 38
Sociology 27 0 27
Drama & Theater Arts 24 0 24
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 22 0 22
Computer Science 22 0 22
Public Relations & Advertising 20 0 20
Human Resource Management 19 0 19
Political Science & Government 18 0 18
Educational Administration 0 17 17
Design & Applied Arts 16 0 16
Teacher Education Subject Specific 15 0 15
Romance Languages 15 0 15
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 14 0 14
East Asian Languages 13 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 13
General Biology 12 0 12
Entrepreneurial Studies 12 0 12
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 12 0 12
General English Literature 12 0 12
History 12 0 12
International Business 9 0 9
Allied Health Professions 9 0 9
Mathematics 9 0 9
Music 9 0 9
Anthropology 8 0 8
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 0 7
Area Studies 7 0 7
International Studies 7 0 7
Natural Resources Conservation 7 0 7
Physics 7 0 7
Communication & Media Studies 6 0 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 6 6
Germanic Languages 6 0 6
Journalism 5 0 5
Chemistry 5 0 5
Writing Studies 4 0 4
Applied Mathematics 3 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 3
General Social Sciences 3 0 3
Graphic Communications 2 0 2
Health Sciences & Services 2 0 2
Computer Software & Applications 0 1 1
Classical Languages & Literature 1 0 1
Philosophy 1 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0
TOTAL 872 90 962

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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