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Reviews 688 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would say it is a great school from what i seen so far the people around the school are very helpful.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The counselors can be better. I always have to run around chasing after them, and they don't know the answer half the time.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: School is not NASM accredited, the faculty and student body are unsupportive towards you if you want to exceed musically.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is what you make it.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school allows me to blaze my own path; success or failure - I have the flexibility I need to feel empowered and supported.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I can understand why some people love North Central. It can be the quintessential small-school experience. However, I personally hated it. The large amount of commuter students was a definite drag, not to mention the overall snobby attitude of the surrounding residents. Downtown Naperville is cute, but you get over it in like a week, and then the amount of people there just starts to get annoying (a lot of pre-teens). That being said, good memories can be formed there with the right people at the right times.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is not a lot available off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's always something going on.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great places off campus to eat.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food isn't gourmet or anything, but it's good.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received some financial aid, but not enough to cover all expenses.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great people and great atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our NEW building, Res Rec is very nice. They are open practically all the time, any student can get in and all of the equipment is new, clean, and easy to use. Theres two tracks, lots of basket ball courts - that people use for soccer as well - and what is super nice is that you can walk in at almost any hour and have some space available to practice in. Merner on the other hand is old, dirty, should be condemned and overall looks unkempt. I only hear about people using it for the extra basket ball courts, but other than that its used for classes and the teams

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The few houses I've visited off campus are quite nice, although I hear they're kind of expensive - but then again its a fancy neighborhood in Naperville so everything is about the same price

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its hard to find parties, the dorms sometimes have some but they're totally lame. If you want a good party you've got to know people and be willing to wonder off campus

3 College Freshman

Administration: Defiantly lots of social events and opportunities and boy, sometimes people won't stop loudly socializing out in the halls until 5 AM

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: NCC defiantly is handing out scholarships every which way if they see you putting in an effort.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food available at Kauffman is occasionally decent. I don't know how they do it, but most of the time they even mess us the most simple things like rice and eggs. Their options are OK - so long as you have no dietary restrictions. As a vegetarian there is maybe one dinner I can get every few days. They'll say that they have vegetarian food but what they mean is they have potatoes or peas and that counts as a vegetarian option. They have a small sandwich making station always available but options are limited and I tired of them quickly. The best part about Kauffman is the desserts and thats it. Boiler House is nice, kinda pricey but convenient if you live on campus. The Cage has some better options but they take forever to make a meal.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: First year campus housing is awful. The dorms are extremely small and old. Our cable never worked despite constantly being to that is was going to be fixed and wifi is infuriating. It is NOT an exageration to say I fight to get connected to the wifi for 5 minutes every time I open my laptop. Then half of the time I try to print something, the printer won't work. They have unsatisfactory technology for the tuition I pay at this school. Also because the building is old the plumbing is atrocious. Usually one of the 2 toilets that 15 girls have to share is not working. The shower heads are so low I have to bend down it get under it and I'm not even that tall (I'm 5'6"!). Additionally the shower's water pressure is little more than a trickle of water which has so much chlorine in it that it has severely damaged my hair. Lastly the windows are so narrow practically no light gets in. The ONLY good thing about the Rall dorm, is that there is heating controls in each room. Also the cleaning staff try their best to stay on top of the bathroom issues but it is still majorly unpleasant. I would not recommend anyone stay here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, but the surrounding area is very expensive to live in.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating off campus. Downtown has amazing food.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party so I wouldn't know the party scene.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I wish there was less drinking and more about the school itself.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish there were more.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Kaufman is disgusting and there's only good food on campus visit days. Otherwise I just go to the Boiler House.

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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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