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Reviews 596 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love my professors for the most part. A lot of them seem to really want to help and see you succeed.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are opportunities for internships and to network with people in possible careers.

College Senior

Greek Life: we do not have a Greek life.

College Sophomore

Academics: Don't really know anything about all that.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have never been invited to any events like that and I am not 21 yet.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: For me there is eating and window shopping. Almost everything is expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some people are nice and become your friends for life. And there are others who are rude and have no sense of decency. At North Central College you really don't know what you are going to get.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: From my experience I have only known of the who I believed to be of age drinkers and maybe a few instances of drinking in dorm rooms (which is not allowed) but as far as I know nothing bad has happened and the security works hard enough for students to not want to risk it.

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College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never used any of these services enough to really give a rating on them.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The time for the shuttle bus is a bit annoying sometimes but it is helpful and usually reliable so far it has not caused any problems for me but I won't say it's the best.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: because of how North Central Colleges' roads are if their is a game the whole college is pretty much backed up with traffic and parking sucks pretty hard. Their is a big fan base and tons of people involved, not to mention majority of the student body is athletes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing process is pretty good. But distance, social atmosphere, and cost all depend on which dorm you get placed in and who your room mate(s) are. For example when I lived in a dorm, depending on which dorm you ended up in, if you are not a athlete you are basically in the dark. A lot of the so called school pride is only to the sports teams so if you are not following the sports you might not be involved in certain things. But their are other clubs and things on campus that gets everyone together, that are outside of just sports its just sports is the most pronate.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Down Town Naperville eating can be really expensive but their are a few cheaper places in the mix.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think North Central College tries it's best to keep things in order. There are instances where students get around the rules but I think North Central College handles it pretty well.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a bit of Diversity in North Central College but the majority of the school is white and athletic.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Basically if you don't have a special major they don't have scholarships for you. There are a few grants but the scholarships you sign up for there is almost none.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The over all program is fine. My only problem is that because North Central College is a "all around" school, students are forced to take classes they don't need.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: So far my problem is with how the classes are taught. My biggest issue is that some teachers like to pack classes with as much stuff as they can think of. For instance I have a photography class where we have about 5 separate assignments do a week, some assignments are small and some are rather large but the problem is there is no reminder that the small things are due and there is so much of it if you do have a busy life and have more than just that class it could become a problem.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's there if you want to party

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Social, pretty, neighborhood feel with downtown I walking distance

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not visible, parties are fun no need to drink or do drugs. Great atmosphere

2 College Freshman

Parking: Upperclassman to expensive. freshman site to far from campus and shuttle hard to schedule.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Perfect, even on bad weather days classes are close to one another

4 College Freshman

Academics: Not much for Frosh. Looking forward to more opportunities next year

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You can party in respectful ways


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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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