Naperville, IL
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Reviews 542 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Junior

Transportation: There is a remote lot which students can park in BUT a shuttle has to pick them up to bring them to campus.

Parking passes for commuter students are expensive! And even if you purchase one, it doesn't guarantee you a parking spot in any of the commuter lots.

Street parking is only allowed in 4 hr increments.

College Junior

Athletics: I don't participate in athletics or sporting events. I come to campus to go to class then leave.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home with my grandparents.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Its average. I'm a commuter so I don't deal with a lot of stuff on campus besides the classes i'm taking.

College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life at North Central College.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People dress nice for class for the most part. Sometimes they give off an 'I'm better than you' type attitude though..

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Students can only receive a maximum of $7,500 in Financial aid from the government. Tuition was just raised for next year and I'm going to need to find more aid somewhere else! I was able to receive some extra aid from the school themselves but not enough to cover all the costs necessary. TIP: Get help from your transfer counselors/Program advisers about needing more financial assistance!

3 College Junior

Weather: Its near Chicago, and if you don't know anything about Illinois weather....it stinks! One day its warm, the next its windy, or cold, freezing, rainy etc. This winter was terrible!

4 College Junior

Majors: In order to get into the Art History program at North Central College in Naperville, IL., there is no program application necessary (other than applying for acceptance to the school in general). I transferred to North Central College after graduating from Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. with my Associates Degree.

3 College Junior

Majors: Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for Art History Majors at North Central College, so that really stinks. The school does offer them for the studio arts programs but that doesn't help me at all.... The Art History program has a great curriculum taught by fantastic teachers/professors! The work load can get heavy (especially if you take more than 9-12 credit hours).

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: North Central College is located just a few blocks away from downtown Naperville! Downtown Naperville is full of restaurants, bars, shops, coffee houses, bookstores and more! It's a chic place to walk around and enjoy the local river walk with friends. The town is very welcoming and great with North Central Students!

2 College Junior

Weather: This past winter was a nightmare and the school will rarely cancel classes in negative 50 weather and blizzards. Commuters are not cared about in that respect.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Most of the school is commuters, so people are not around

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I dont notice any drug use. Just smoking which is bad for people with severe asthma

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no greek life here, so none of these questions apply.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I really like the food. It is cheaper than on campus for commuters.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It is not the best. All of my money is scholarships. Since I am 22 the government thinks my parents help me pay for college, but they do not. It is not the schools fault I can not get aid. That is why I am applying for scholarships.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The parking is pretty strict. Parking is very tight here and parking in the street for longer than four hours will get you a ticket with the town, which can be $50.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The social life is different because almost 50% is commuters, so everyone goes home.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: the faculty does a great job and effective at teaching, as well as having internships/opportunities available.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: school does not have greek life

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: large amount of places to live near campus

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Every one is friendly and genders work well together

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is tough walking to classes


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Kyle Coia
Lake Villa, IL
Business Management/Political Science
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North Central College is not perfect, but it does what it promises. The College's mission is to "prepare students to be informed, involved, principled, and productive citizens and leaders over their lifetime." North Central College accomplishes this mission by providing lots of personal interaction with staff and faculty while still leaving the education largely up to each individual student. All professors have office hours, but students have to take the initiative to visit during these hours or set up appointments to meet at another time. The faculty goes out of its way to help and get to know students, but students have to do their part to get the most out of the experience. Additionally, there are events and programs, both academic and non-academic, going on; students just have to make the choice to go to them.

If given the chance to do it all over again, most students would not change their decision to attend North Central. The College's academics are good, and the academic adviser program aligns students with professors in their fields of study and their future occupation. The College's location, right in the suburbs of Chicago, is a gateway for job and internship opportunities for students and alumnus. Career services and academic advisers help guide students to finding jobs and internships during college and after graduation. North Central College is a place where all students are said to be "central," and it appears that the administration has taken this to heart by keeping personal interaction with faculty, staff, and fellow students an integral part of the experience.

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