North Central College

790 reviews
  1. Naperville, IL
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
North Central College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Address
30 N Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540

North Central College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$23,416/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,704/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,180/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,841/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,368/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,529/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.52 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,601Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Determined
    33%
  • Privileged
    21%
  • Friendly
    12%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Hard working
    9%
  • Aloof
    6%
  • Incompetent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.43 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet rewarding
    23%
  • Spectacular
    19%
  • Academically challenging
    13%
  • School spirit
    10%
  • Cardinal Football
    6%
  • Lame
    6%
  • Roller coaster
    6%

After North Central College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses

Reviews

790 reviews
  • Excellent
    137
  • Very Good
    316
  • Average
    264
  • Poor
    46
  • Terrible
    27
I can't say enough positive things about Al Carius and his XC and track programs at North Central. Al is a fantastic coach and mentor, always positive and motivating. He has been at NCC for 50 years now. Imagine that! He and the other inspirational coaches have experienced great success with their top-notch D-3 running programs over the years. It's an honor to be a part of this great legacy with them, and I am humbled to be a part of the talented team of Cardinal guys and girls.
  • College Junior
  • 11 months ago
I think that the rooms are spacious and I highly recommend that you bunk your beds or loft them. I lived in Patterson for three years and loved the rooms there. The rooms in Res Rec are nice as well, but the rooms on the 4th floor get cold since the only source of heat comes from the floor. For the most part, people will prop their doors open so that they can say hi to people walking past, but some people might prefer to keep their doors closed. I think that the cost of living on campus is a little high, but it is totally worth it. I commuted for one year, so trust me on this!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 6 months ago
Dorms for upper class men include apartments in downtown Naperville, and on campus two story apartments, as well as a new dorm complex with a workout facility and indoor track included inside the building. Location is great, easy to find good food and shopping. There are also shuttle buses that get students to theaters and more shopping off campus. Food is the only problem, but you learn what food items taste better after visiting the dining hall a few times. They do have papa johns pizza and other food available for a &quot;swipe&quot; on your flex dollars card. As well as smoothies - yum!
  • College Sophomore
  • Dec 26 2012