North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs Sept. 26 at North Central College

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, performs Sept. 26 at the College.

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, performs Sept. 26 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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.

North Central College Summer Music Theatre presents “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 1-3, 8-10

North Central College’s Summer Music Theatre presents the rock ‘n’ roll-era musical “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 1-3, 8-10 with actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Music Theatre presents the rock ‘n’ roll-era musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in August and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2, 8-9 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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.

North Central stages opera double bill “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer”

North Central College’s Summer Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer” July 11-13, 17-19 with actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Light Opera presents the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer.”

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12 and 17-19 and at 2 p.m. July 13 in North Central’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College students benefit from gift of Shigeru Kawai piano

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefiting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano.

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefitting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano, one of the world’s most exquisite instruments.

The College acquired the SK-EX model concert grand piano in fall 2013 through the generosity of alumna Jane Koten ’55. Thirteen students performed at a dedication recital in Koten Chapel on June 7, including pianists who played the instrument and vocalists and other musicians who were accompanied by a faculty member performing on the piano.

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