As a nationally recognized institution, we prepare our students to push past what they believe to be possible, in the classroom and beyond. Our faculty love to teach, and their inspired instruction and collaboration with students provide outstanding experiences and opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs, North Central students are supported by excellence to find their passion, pursue specialized careers and make an impact beyond campus.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Great Books

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


You may apply for admission throughout the year, although we encourage you to do so in the fall of your senior year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once your application is complete with all required documentation, you can expect to hear from your admission counselor within just 10 days. Along with your application, official high school transcripts are required. Official SAT or ACT test scores are also required, unless applying test-optional. Interviews are not required, though we highly encourage students to visit North Central’s campus.


We are currently accepting applications for fall, spring, and summer starts. Once your application is complete with all required documentation, you can expect to hear from your transfer counselor within just 10 days. Along with your application, transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities are required. If you have not earned 24 transferrable credit hours, your high school transcript will also be required (ACT/SAT scores optional).  We highly encourage you to visit North Central’s campus to meet with your transfer counselor for a transcript evaluation, to discuss your transfer goals, and to review your next steps.

Additional Information

Our beautiful campus is located in Naperville, Illinois, one of the Midwest’s best places to live. We’re in the heart of a charming historic district and just blocks from a thriving downtown area. And while North Central offers a beautiful campus in a great town – we’re also just a quick 30-minute train ride away from the vibrant City of Chicago. Think internships, jobs, unique class opportunities and more! It’s the best of both worlds.

Your education is about more than a diploma. At North Central, we offer undergraduate programs with a professional emphasis, including internships and innovative career preparation activities. Our revolutionary approach to the General Education Curriculum recognizes that your degree should not be about checking requirements off a list, but rather about finding your passion and your drive to learn. You’ll be well-equipped for today’s ever-changing workplace and our dynamic world.

Visit us

One of the best ways to determine whether North Central College is the right fit for you is to visit. There are many ways to experience Cardinal life, and we look forward to arranging your time on campus. Choose among Campus Visit Days, individualized weekday visits, Saturday options and more. Please contact the Office of Admission to learn more and register.

"Students get more excited when they are working on a real project and developing skills within a context that they are interested in. At the same time, they are helping research important questions that we don't know the answers to. We'll find out together."

Dr. Chetan Chawla, Assistant Professor, Business and Entrepreneurship
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30 N Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540, United States of America

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