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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.

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.

Heidi Goetsch

With an environmental studies minor, Heidi was able to merge her philosophy major with her passion for nature.

“This was exactly the overlap I wanted,” she says. “The environmental studies minor requires many interesting humanities courses, such as environmental ethics and modern environmental issues.”

Heidi was awarded a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She gained practical skills for the workforce—organizing projects, attending leadership workshops and discovering career opportunities. She says that the connections she formed at NWF will be vital after graduation.

“I now have a lasting relationship with a prominent environmental organization. The people of NWF can vouch for my work ethic and ability,” she says.

Heidi, with the help of her North Central professors, plans to pursue a career within an environmental organization, such as NWF or the Sierra Club.

“The faculty is putting me in contact with key individuals in my field,” she says.

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.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

Biology, environmental studies student earns Conservation Foundation scholarship

North Central College student Melissa Nelson is one of three DuPage County-area students to receive awards from The Conservation Foundation of Naperville.

North Central College student Melissa Nelson is one of three DuPage County-area students to receive awards from The Conservation Foundation of Naperville as part of its Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Results of Project Move Out: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relocate

As residence halls emptied after spring term, unwanted furniture, carpet, dishes and pounds of electronics, food and clothing were collected, recycled, reused.

Results are in—and they’re good! Project Move Out 2014 helped reduce overall waste as members of the North Central College campus community moved out of residence hall rooms, offices and more at the end of 2013-2014 academic year.

Here’s the good news:
•    1,000-plus lbs. of electronics, from TVs to lamps, were recycled.
•    721 square feet of carpet were set aside for recycling.
•    600 lbs. of food were collected and donated to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

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