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North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

New tenure-track faculty join North Central College fall 2014

North Central College welcomed nine full-time tenure-track faculty members, representing all four academic divisions, at the start of new academic year.

With the start of fall term classes on Sept. 15, 2014, North Central College welcomed nine full-time, tenure-track faculty members. They represent all four academic divisions and a range of academic disciplines: sociology, biology, philosophy, psychology, Chinese, music, education and management.

These new tenure-track faculty are:

Silvia Alvarez-Clare joins North Central’s biology faculty in fall 2014

Assistant Professor of Biology Silvia Alvarez-Clare
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Biology Silvia Alvarez-Clare as tenure-track faculty member for 2014-2015 academic year.

North Central College welcomed Assistant Professor of Biology Silvia Alvarez-Clare, a newly appointed full-time, tenure-track faculty member for the 2014-2015 academic year, which started Sept. 15.

Previously, she was an adjunct researcher at Argonne National Laboratory and postdoctoral research fellow in biology with the National Science Foundation. Her areas of expertise are botany and ecology and she studies relationships among primary productivity, nutrients and climate in the tropical rain forest.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Joel Di Bernardo

Joel plans to become a veterinary researcher and wanted his college experience to help him reach his goal.

“My high school was known for its large student population,” he says. “For college, I wanted to get a more personal experience with my professors and classmates. North Central was the perfect fit.”

Joel says he’s received this individual attention at North Central with professors helping him find connections between animal physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and other science courses. He participated in Beta Beta Beta biological honors society, where he bonded with others who shared his interest in biology.

“The camaraderie that exists among the staff and students at North Central College really sets it apart from other institutions and sets students up for academic success.”

Joel will pursue a doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. He hopes to become a veterinary researcher who studies emerging infectious diseases in exotic animals.

Students present new and ongoing research during summer program

Alexis Gramera ’15 presents poster of her summer research
North Central College students gain independence, experience, know-how conducting research with faculty during the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

Some 55 North Central College students with mentoring oversight by 23 faculty members met for eight weeks this summer on campus to conduct new and ongoing research and scholarship. Their work spanned all academic divisions, ranging from biology to history and Chinese to psychology and more. Summer undergraduate research grants by the College supported stipends for nearly half the students.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Public invited to Illinois Prairie Path Archives open house Aug. 11 at North Central College

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view archival materials during an open house Aug. 11.

The public is invited to meet volunteers who helped build the Illinois Prairie Path and view materials from the organization’s archives during an open house Aug. 11 at North Central College.

The Illinois Prairie Path Archives Open House takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in the lower level of North Central College’s Oesterle Library, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

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