North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose pre-dentistry at North Central College?

Competition for admission to dental schools is intense. Your liberal arts education at North Central College can give you a competitive edge. North Central’s courses in biology, chemistry, physics and other areas will prepare you for admission to dental school. Your professors will get to know you in North Central’s smaller classes, and when you need a letter of recommendation your teachers will know just what to say about you.

You can also:

  • Gain hands-on experience job shadowing local dentists or volunteering at dental offices.
  • Conduct research on your own, with peers or faculty and present your findings at local, regional and national conferences.
  • Work with North Central's pre-health advisor.
  • Network with alumni and peers through North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization.


National award brings prestigious recognition to North Central’s internationalization of campus over 20 years.
North Central College has expanded its commitment to sustainability by investing more than $200,000 to replace old fixtures with energy-efficient LED lighting.
Junior/Senior Scholars
North Central College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Dental Schools
Graduates have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
  • Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Graduates include:

  • Founder, Hobson Dental Associates, Woodridge, IL
  • Comprehensive dental services provider, Dr. Lou Ann Best DMD, Albany, GA
  • Clinical instructor in dentistry, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • Practitioner of dentistry/orthodontics/TMJ/sleep apnea, Russell T. Ras DDS, Countryside, IL
  • Dentist, Timothy T. Taylor DDS, Kansas City, KS
Graduate Student in Dentistry

Like many students, Ben didn’t realize how well North Central College had prepared him for his career until he graduated. When he arrived at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry to work toward his DDS degree, he quickly discovered that many of his peers had no experience conducting the type of research he had completed at North Central. One classmate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was stunned by Ben’s experience. “He clearly never imagined that a school of just a couple thousand students would turn out science majors with legitimate research experience,” Ben says.

“That exchange made me proud of my North Central background. I enjoyed surprising that classmate...


For Matthew, a degree in biology was excellent preparation for dental school. In fact, it opened the way to acceptance at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

“The biology and chemistry courses at North Central were rigorous. They gave me a great science foundation and high confidence that I’ll excel in a graduate program. And the professors are great mentors. They have an open door policy with students. I had opportunities to develop strong relationships with them.”

Matthew chose North Central for its location and opportunity to pursue two personal interests: biology and baseball. He was the Cardinals’ starting right-fielder for three years, was named to the NCAA Division III All-Central...


Brandon chose North Central because he felt a small-school atmosphere would set him up for the greatest amount of post-college success.

“It was clear there were endless opportunities here,” he says.

As an undergraduate student, Brandon has conducted and presented independent research, kept up with the latest trends in dentistry as a member of the student-run Pre-Health Organization and worked with professors as a lab assistant. He calls the relationship between North Central students and faculty the College’s “biggest asset.”

“We harbor a family-like atmosphere,” he says. “The professors are here to help you, and allowing them to get to know you as a person will really help in the long run...


As a child, Orusa loved going to the orthodontist for her braces. With North Central’s pre-dentistry program, she’ll be the one making smiles.

“It’s a career that requires compassion and great interpersonal skills,” she says.

Orusa gathered vital knowledge through a summer internship at Access Dental Center in Naperville, where she shadowed professionals and gained hands-on experience. She enjoys the challenge of dentistry.

“I gained immense knowledge in just three months,” she says. “With a career like dentistry, I’ll be learning something new every day.”

One lesson Orusa learned through her internship is that networking is critical to success. So, she became secretary of the...