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North Central University Overview

North Central University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The location of North Central University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is North Central University Known For?

912 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,314 Avg Cost After Aid
91% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at North Central University have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest one a student can attain at North Central University.
  • In 2017-2018, 42% of the faculty were full-time.

North Central University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, North Central University is ranked #817 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. It is also ranked #27 out of 37 schools in Minnesota.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that North Central University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for North Central University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 585
Best Colleges 817
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 853
Best Colleges for International Students 893
Best Colleges for the Money 1,153
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,513

Where Is North Central University?

Location of North Central University

Contact details for North Central University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 910 Elliot Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-1391
Phone: 612-343-4400

How Do I Get Into North Central University?

You can apply to North Central University online at:

Admission Requirements for North Central University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript neither required nor recommended
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into North Central University?

91% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores
Since North Central University has an acceptance rate of 91%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to North Central University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 680. Math scores were between 450 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Central University  ( 450 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for North Central University  ( 450 to 690 )
North Central University received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 30. Math scores were between 16 and 27. Composite scores were between 17 and 28.

ACT English Scores for North Central University  ( 15 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for North Central University  ( 16 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for North Central University  ( 17 to 28 )

Can I Afford North Central University?

$21,314 Net Price
79% Take Out Loans
4.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of North Central University is $21,314. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for North Central University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,617 $18,660 $19,772 $21,498 $26,035

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

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At North Central University, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $7,524 a year. That adds up to $30,096 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at North Central University is 4.4%. 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 University Undergraduate Student Diversity

912 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,076 undergraduate students at North Central University, with 912 being full-time and 164 being part-time.

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

There are also 33 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 912 full-time undergraduates at North Central University, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  North Central University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of North Central University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 32
Black or African American 46
Hispanic or Latino 56
White 655
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 117

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at North Central University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 9 countries are represented at North Central University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Hong Kong, Ethiopia, and Panama.

Online Learning at North Central University

45 Took All Classes Online
460 Took At Least One Class Online
1,100.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at North Central University. In 2017-2018, 460 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 47th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of North Central University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at North Central University was 1,100.0%. This is the #81 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at North Central University regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 44%
Business, Management & Marketing 55%
Communication & Journalism 30%
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 6%
Public Administration & Social Service 27%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

North Central University Majors

In 2017-2018, North Central University awarded 502 undergraduate degrees and 22 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 4 0 0
American Sign Language 0 11 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 3 0 0
Audiovisual Communications 0 5 0 0
Biblical Studies 0 2 0 0
Business Administration & Management 2 28 11 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 7 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 2 0 0
Educational Administration 0 3 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 17 0 0
General Psychology 0 6 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 5 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 3 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 4 0 0
Journalism 0 3 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 8 0 0
Marketing 0 18 0 0
Mathematics 0 3 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 2 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 18 0 0
Music 0 4 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 11 0 0
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 35 0 0
Sacred Music 0 6 0 0
Social Work 0 11 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 21 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 1 0 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 1 0 0
Writing Studies 0 7 0 0
Total 4 498 22 0


*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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