North Central College - Naperville, IL

Phantom of the opera

See how our theatre department has the performance and technical talent to meet the demands of a full-scale production like "Phantom".

North Central’s Student Director Series presents “Cynics”

Emma Smith '15, writer and director
North Central College senior Emma Smith stages “Cynics,” an original play that explores representations of depression in theatre, Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1.

North Central College’s Student Director Series features the original play “Cynics” by senior Emma Smith Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Three performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 in North Central’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. There is strong language in the play and dark subject matter.

Students stage one of Shakespeare’s most popular and fanciful plays

Mark Yacullo ’16 and Taylor Calderone ’15, photo by D.J.
North Central College presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring student actors and guest director Oct. 15-16, 18-19.

North Central College presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring student actors with direction by guest director Kathryn Walsh.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

Graduate and Student Veteran Lounge
North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

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.

CANCELED: North Central student ensembles to perform in Fredenhagen Park Saturday

Due to inclement weather forecast, Saturday's performance by a cappella choral group Sonata Problem and the Cardinal Athletic Band in Fredenhagen is canceled.

UPDATE noon Friday, Sept. 19: Due to inclement weather forecaset for Saturday the musical performances scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. in Fredenhagen Park are canceled.

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.

Cassandra Nelson

For Cassandra, North Central College’s musical theatre program is a perfect fit.

“It’s a hidden gem in the theatre world,” she says. “Since North Central’s a smaller school, students get more hands-on performance experience and personal attention from professors.”

Cassandra’s experience in the theatre world includes internships at both Chicago Shakespeare Theater and American Theatre Company as an actress in main stage productions. Through her participation, she earned an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) card, allowing her to audition for most casting calls as a professional actress.

Armed with her EMC card and a deep theatrical background, Cassandra was able to perform in American Theatre Company’s production of “Hair.” 

“I graduated and immediately performed in a show. That’s an opportunity I wouldn’t have anywhere else.”

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.

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