North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose engineering at North Central College?

You’ll work closely with our talented full-time professors—not teaching assistants—in our distinctive dual-degree program. Our partnerships with several Midwestern universities enable you to earn two degrees in just four or five years. You’ll study for three or four years at North Central, then finish your studies at a partner university. Ultimately, you’ll hold both a bachelor of arts or science degree from North Central and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the partner university. You’ll master the engineering core courses (mathematics, science, humanities and social science) in small North Central classes taught by professors committed to high quality teaching. And you’ll have the flexibility to choose an engineering specialty field (such as mechanical, electrical or civil engineering) after you’ve identified your strengths and interests.

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North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.
Alicia Casacchia ’17
Students and alumna receive National Science Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and Goldwater Honorable Mention.
North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.


Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in engineering have been accepted at:

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The University of Minnesota
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Iowa State University


Recent graduates in engineering include:

  • Engineer, Boeing, Seattle
  • Engineer, General Mills, Hannibal, MO
  • Engineer, Johnson Matthey, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Engineer, Chicago Bridge and Iron, Plainfield, IL
  • Engineer, BD Medical, Austin, TX
  • Engineer, Caterpillar, Aurora, IL
Engineering (Dual-Degree)

Travis dreams of a greener tomorrow. To impact the energy industry, he needed an engineering background that focused on physics.

“I’ve always had a passion for building and innovation,” he says. “By pursuing an engineering degree, I believe I can make a difference in the area of renewable energy.”

Travis’ professors encouraged him to apply for a highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation. As a result, he spent his summer interning with faculty from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, researching a cutting-edge, high-tech process for transforming heat into electrical energy.

Travis aspires to obtain an engineering research...

Engineering and Physics, North Central College and University of Illinois

Barry studied physics at North Central and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois through the College’s dual-degree program. Today, he’s using his engineering knowledge in the management of his family’s farm in central Illinois and serves as an elected director of the LaSalle County Farm Bureau Board.

“The dual-degree program is a way for you to be a well-rounded individual. North Central’s liberal arts education and the more technical course work at a bigger university give you the best of both worlds in learning.”

North Central’s size also allowed Barry more opportunities to get to know fellow students, he says. “I came from a small-...


Nic earned his dual engineering degree at North Central and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in environmental hydrology and hydraulic engineering. Nic appreciated North Central’s small class size. “I received lots of individual attention,” he says, “and my professors had time nearly every day to explain concepts outside of class. In larger classes I’m concerned that my questions will hold back the class, but in smaller classes I feel that my opinion matters.”

Nic made the most of his time at North Central. “I co-oped at Argonne National Laboratory, which was a great experience and helped me learn to manage my time,” he says. “I also studied...


Nathan wanted a college where he could play football and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He found both at North Central.

“I knew there was a 100 percent transfer rate for the engineering program because they prepare students so well here.”

A member of the football team, Nathan has built a strong relationship with the team’s faculty mentor, who’s also a professor of chemistry and physics and Nathan’s academic advisor. “I see him all the time. It’s amazing how willing he is to help with internships and classes, and he’ll send me emails out of the blue about opportunities.”

Outside football, Nathan participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Focus, a student-led worship...


Will is enjoying all the perks of a small school as he pursues physics and engineering degrees through North Central’s dual-degree program. A member of the Cardinals football team, he tackles difficult physics and math problems in small classroom settings and forms close relationships with many of his professors.

“It’s a lot easier to learn when you can talk to professors after class or meet with them during office hours,” he says.

Thanks to North Central’s location, Will is able to intern as a technician at Argonne National Laboratory. Many of his classmates are taking advantage of similar opportunities.

“You can also apply for internships at...