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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.

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.

Michelle DePasquale earns Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Michelle DePasquale
Michelle DePasquale was awarded the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Michelle DePasquale, daughter of August and Linda DePasquale of Geneva, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Michelle is majoring in psychology and minoring in conflict resolution at North Central College. She is a graduate of Geneva Community High School.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

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 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

North Central College selected to take part in civic learning, engagement initiative

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are recognized by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s strong commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement are being recognized by the group Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Dr. David Fuentes delivers Rall Symposium keynote address about music as research

David Fuentes, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Every culture in human history has created music and experienced its power to shape thoughts and feelings, David Fuentes, Ph.D., said in his keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., spoke about music’s inherent connection to the human experience in his address, “Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research,” May 14 in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

Elizabeth Gerhardt

Dispute Resolution

“I thought getting involved in dispute resolution would just be a great addition to my résumé, but I ended up loving it,” says Liz. “The process of mediation is very intricate, yet so simple and effective.”

Liz plans to become a family and marriage therapist and attend graduate school. At North Central, she practices mediation skills and dispute resolution every day in her LEV 230 class. She and her classmates take on cases and work through each role to a conclusion and settlement, applying concepts they’ve learned.

“One of the best skills I’ve learned is active listening and patience … not always giving advice but letting people figure out their own problems and solutions, which is far more effective.”

Her senior year, Liz will conduct research into questions related to her career goals—questions like when marriage counseling stops and mediation begins, and what follows mediation.


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