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Reviews 778 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have a job on campus and I am apart of the school's cheer team.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school so much, and I really feel like I'm at home when I'm there.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My classes are great, my professors are great, and the overall appearance of the school is clean and nice. I just wish that the people were more friendly and openminded, and that the social atmosphere was bigger.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't had much experience with this yet

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our health center helps with everything

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings and rooms are all very nice and clean, expect for the freshmen door hall Rall, but the bathrooms are not as clean and nice looking. Sometimes you can't even get a showerhead that has pressure and the water will be cold. Other than that the buildings themselves are great. The social atmosphere on the other hand could be better. Not enough people live on campus and it's hard to find things to do on the weekend.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life because Naperville will not allow. I believe weekend life would be more lively if we did have them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at North Central are highly praised. The track and football team are the most achieving sports, but other sport do pretty well too. Not a lot of people go to the games so it never feels full.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose my school again because of it's location and the great academic opportunities that it offers. I would not choose is again because it is very small and half the students commute. It's hard to find stuff to do on the weekends and it always feels empty.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: loved it and would stay longer given the chance to.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You receive so much knowledge in areas of your career path that you're more than likely to obtain a job after graduation.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's so serious to the point where meetings on the premise are had quite occasionally.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not too keen on athletics so i tend to stick to other clubs, but overall i'd say that its quite nice to have them.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've enjoyed so much of my college as of yet and would really love to stay forever, but that's not realistically possible.

5 College Junior

Diversity: North Central is one of the most accepting and tolerant communities I've ever been a part of. Because of the location, many of our students who grew up in town are white, upper-middle class straight people, but we have a large mix of international and out of state students who certainly shake things up culturally, as well as a large population of students who concern themselves more with creating diversity than on their own studies. Many students go out of their way to create a welcoming community for religious minorities, as well as LGBTQ students. Race has not struck me as an issue among students, especially after the march for equality. When other universities demonstrated around the country in order to bring attention to the problems at their own schools, we marched in solidarity, making the statement that we would never tolerate that type of behavior here.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: From my experience, almost none of my friends use any substances whatsoever, but often I hear about people outside of my friend group who drink so much they get thrown out of the dorms, or worse, kicked out of school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: North Central offers a wide variety of majors and minors, but within programs, there is not as much. To major in English with a concentration in Writing, you take anywhere between 2/3 and 4/5 literature classes and just a few writing classes. The writing professors are my favorite, so full of wisdom and inspiring. They are what motivates me to get through English Literature to 1660, 18th Century Literature, 19th & 20th Century English Literature, 19th & 20th Century American Literature, Reading Literature, Global Literature, etc. These are not all the lit classes I have to take. There are easily three times as many. Definitely don't be afraid to change majors, but do so with caution, or else you'll be stuck taking all those freshman classes as a junior.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus safety may be a bunch of incompetent interns, but they're not needed very often for anything serious because Naperville is one of the safest cities I can think of.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career center is focused on helping you find an internship or a job. In my experience, companies see that applicants are studying at NCC and choose them over others based on the reputation alone. The networking here is excellent in that you always have a good three or four professors you automatically put down as references.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because you're living on campus. It's where and how you live that sucks. The dorms are tiny, especially the underclassmen ones, which are ridiculously expensive considering that for less money you could live in a 1-bedroom apartment with a bathroom and a kitchen, but instead share one tiny room with a stranger and a bathroom with 40 other people. The main reason I live on campus is because of student loans. If I had any money, I'd be living a block away and cooking my own food.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Cross Country, Track, and Football are excellent

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Provides excellent staff and a difficult yet learning experience

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love living on campus

3 College Junior

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life on campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: As an Athletic Training Student I attend a lot of sporting events on campus. All teams performance at North Central are at a high levels. There are many talented athletes at NCC. For a D3 school I feel that we have pretty good facilities. The athletes have the fans supports and give the student population an ideal school spirit.


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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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