International Undergraduate Admission
North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis starting on October 1 for the next academic year.
- If you are currently in the U.S., we recommend you complete your application at least two months before you plan to enroll.
- If you are currently outside the U.S., we recommend you complete your application at least four months before you plan to enroll.
Our academic calendar has three terms, which means you can start classes in September, January or March. Most new students begin in September.
What's in an international undergraduate application?
1. Application form
Choose one of the following options:
- Submit a free online application form.
- Download and complete a printable version of the international undergraduate application.
All Applicants: Official high school transcripts/records and certification of graduation. These should include all grades earned in the most recent three (3) academic years and be sent directly by your school or Ministry of Education to:
North Central College Office of Admission, 30 North Brainard St., Naperville, Illinois 60540 USA
Transfer Applicants: Applicants who have attended university-level classes must also submit official transcripts/mark sheets for all university-level course work. Course descriptions are also required for any university-level courses taken at institutions located outside of the U.S.
Click here for a Transcript Request Form.
3. English Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). (Our institution code: 1555)
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
- ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL. (Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or at least a 20 on the English section of the ACT.) Our institution codes : 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).
- Transfer Students: Students applying for transfer from a U.S. college or university who have completed two English composition courses with a grade of C or better are considered to have met the English proficiency requirement.
CONDITIONAL ADMISSION OPTION: Students who meet all other requirements for admission but do not have the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional admission and enroll in North Central's English Language Institute. Simply indicate when you complete your undergraduate application that you would like to be considered for conditional admission and submit a $100 English Language Institute application fee using the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form.
4. A personal essay (1-2 pages) describing your degree and career plans and how North Central can help you achieve them. This can be mailed with your application or emailed to Megan Otermat. (Be sure to include your complete name and the term for which you are applying.)
5. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor.
Once your application is complete, we can review your file and let you know your admission status and scholarship eligibility within approximately two weeks.
Students who will need an F-1 student visa to study at North Central will also need to submit:
7. A bank letter certifying the amount of funding available for the first year of studies.
8. A Transfer Verification Form ONLY if transferring from another U.S. institution in F-1 student status.
Please Note: All admissions documents become a part of a student's official file and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.