Naperville, IL
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Reviews 564 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but I have heard about the parking situation from those who do. You have to pay a hefty price at the beginning of the year in order to be able to park in the different on campus parking lots. The good news is with such a small campus and everything being so conveniently located, the need for an on campus car is minimal. The real challenge is commutors. They always have to fight for parking spots, and complain about on campus students taking their parking spots as well.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are underaged, then the nightlife here is pretty average. It has it's moments. There's usually a party being thrown by at least one person who owns a house on the weekend, and those are pretty fun. They are usually in walking distance as well. However, Naperville is not like many other college towns. I've been to some campuses on the weekends where the parties can go all night, and there is music blasting, people in the streets, and all sorts of activity. Here, the neighborhood is much quieter, and police are much more likely to shut a party down when it gets near the one or two o'clock hour, if there is too much noise. If you are overaged, the nightlife here is simply amazing. With downtown Naperville literally down the street, there are a plethora of bars and clubs to go to, all within walking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Overall speed of wireless access and network reliability is pretty decent. I've never really had any trouble with the wifi here. We have a computer lab and a library if you don't have a laptop of your own, and I would say it's a decent amount of computers. There are also computers in each of the buildings in the lounges. The drawback is that the lounge computers could fill up, especially during crunch time, and that would force you have to go to the actual computer lab or library, and that is a huge inconvenience, especially if you live on the opposite side of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My Major is Broadcast Communication. Getting into my major was fairly easy. There weren't too many abnormal application processes. Other than taking certain required classes (prerequisites), there wasn't anything to much else to do.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Majoring in Broadcast Communication certainly offers unique opportunities. The classes here offer hands on, real life experiences. For a Broadcast Copy Writing class I took here, we had to come up with commercial spots, and learn the ins and outs of advertising. For a Station Programming class I took here, we literally had to come up with a TV program. This entailed figuring out what our program would be about, advertising spots, cost of employees, and much more, all while learning how everything works. For a Print class I took, we had to go to actual events, whether sports, school functions, even car accidents, and get behind the scenes information from coaches, witnesses, participants, law enforcement, etc. To Major in Broadcast Communication here, you also have to work at the radio station here at least one term. This has been a great experience here as well. There are DJ shifts we can work, or we can do sportscasts, newscasts, and play by play and color commentary for different games going on at the campus. There are many internship opportunities that our directors are always passing down to us as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As I mentioned earlier, the campus of North Central College is literally a block away from downtown Naperville. There are a lot of great food options, all within walking distance, from River Walk Pizza, to Five Guys, Chipotle, Burger King, Subway, and many more. River Walk Pizza is probably the most popular, simply because it's the cheapest option and they are open the latest on week nights and weekends. Starbucks is very popular for students trying to get work done while hanging out. One thing I'm not particularly impressed about is the lack of student discounts. I have never heard of any of these places giving discounts for students. It would be nice it we could at least use our Cardinal Bonus or Flex bucks at some of these off-campus places too. I know a lot of schools, students can use their schools bonus bucks at some of the nearby off-campus places as well.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is pretty great. I was fortunate enough to be a Resident Assistant this year, so I've really had the chance to compare and contrast different buildings and the social atmosphere and different aspects of the buildings. Dorm rooms vary in size depending on where you're living on campus, and what style of room you have. The best options on campus are the five person single suites, followed by single rooms, then, the quads, triples and doubles. Housing process is based on a credit system so the upperclassmen usually get the better rooms in the better buildings. Freshman Resident Halls are usually the oldest buildings and the least easy on the eyes, but I will say freshman buildings have the best social atmosphere out of all the other buildings. I would say this is due in part to the style of the rooms (doubles, in fairly close proximity to each other), as well as the overall nature of freshman students. They are more likely to want to get to know other people and have a grand old time, whereas upperclassmen seem to be pretty set in their friends, and whatever it is they have going on. Also the newer, nicer buildings where most of the upperclassmen live are usually suite styled, and rooms seem to be slightly further apart, which lends itself to a slightly less social atmosphere.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at my school. I don't feel like it takes away from the campus life as much as one would think though. I only miss or think about greek life when I go to other schools. But here, you just kind of go with it. People often get used to whatever the norm is, so even though there is no greek life here, life just goes on and we have fun just like any other school.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in this city of great. The city of Naperville is often one of the highest ranked cities in the U.S., and it certainly lives up to its reputation. Our small campus is conveniently located right on the edge of downtown Naperville. This means numerous restaurants, food chains, shopping centers, bars, and even the Public Library are all in walking distance for North Central College students. North Central College has been around for years, probably longer than most of the stores downtown, so shops are very familiar with and friendly to students. There's the river walk, where you can take beautiful winding paths, passing by exquisitely designed fountains, gorgeous bridges, and plenty of statues. Centennial Beach, (a man made beach) is a hot destination when the weather gets warm. There are also various Carnivals happening downtown throughout the year as well.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school is so successful in some sports like football, cross country, and track. Football is the big thing on campus though, even though students don't really attend games, it's still the focal point of every conversation during the fall.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Naperville has a lot of snobby, high class people who think they're better than everyone. As long as you stay away from their Audi's and Mercedes', you should be fine.

1 College Freshman

Weather: It's Chicago, you can't expect good weather. The winters are horrible, the spring is half winter and half rain, and the summers are boiling hot.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wouldn't know what it's like since I have to live on campus, but Juniors and Seniors almost always live off campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can find a party every Friday and Saturday night, it just depends what house is throwing the party. Sometimes they get really crowded and loud if there's only one or two houses throwing a party.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I went into the health center because I thought I had strep throat and they were able to see me right away and ran the tests and I was out of there in 20 minutes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't entirely strict on every subject matter, but they do have a few areas that they really bring down the hammer on.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Kids are going to drink regardless since they're in college and away from home. It's a lot less serious here though. No one is going to pressure you into drinking if you don't want to, they respect your decision. Also, no body is getting sent to the hospital for drinking too much.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: We got the financial aid pretty easily and I was able to get a good scholarship with my grades from high school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The building I live in is a Freshman only building with a majority of the people living in it being on the football team with me. Everyone gets along and are pretty close to one another, the RA's are really helpful and are always open to hanging out with us, and it's not loud at very late hours of the night. The building doesn't have AC, so it can get pretty hot in the rooms, but other than that, it's a pretty solid building to live in.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I wouldn't know what the internship program is like since I haven't had one yet, but the two people that I know that do have internships are working for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bulls, so I think the program is pretty great.

5 College Freshman

Majors: So far, I love the Sport Management program. It's very hands-on and you learn a lot on what to expect in your career field. I hope to become an athletic director or a high school one day. I don't have any concerns finding a job in my field because our college has a lot of connections to major sports teams in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I would say the transportation is really good here at North Central College. Our campus is very small, and every building is in walking distance. Even downtown Naperville is conveniently located a block away from the edge of our campus. This comes with food stores, clothes stores, banks, and all sorts of attractions, all within walking distance. The need for campus transportation is not all the huge. But if that wasn't enough, there is a campus shuttle that runs every hour from 8 am to 11 pm, that takes a route that stops at and picks up students at various hotspots and locations. Some of these stops include a student parking lot about a mile away, Fox Valley Mall, Hollywood Palms movie theatre, and a bowling alley. Campus Safety also offers rides for certain cases. Also, the Naperville Train Station is about 7 or 8 blocks from the campus, which is very convenient. So many students use this train station to get home, or to go to downtown Chicago. We also have two zip cars on campus. I've never had to use one so I'm not too familiar with how that process works, but I rarely see both zip cars parked in their usual location, so they are definitely coming in handy for some students.

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.


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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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