North Central College - Naperville, IL


As a pre-med student, you’ll conduct original research and gain the solid scientific foundation you need. You’ll also develop the communication skills to be able to speak with confidence, whether you’re advising patients or presenting research at a peer conference. Your faculty advisors will work with you every step of the way as you make important decisions about applying for internships, joining student organizations, studying abroad and ultimately choosing the medical school that’s right for you.

You can also:

  • Volunteer at medical facilities within walking distance of our centrally located campus.
  • Join the student-run Pre-Health Organization, which brings health professionals to campus to speak with students interested in medicine and arranges volunteer activities at area hospitals and clinics.
  • Pursue study abroad opportunities at institutions like Macquarie University in Australia, The University of Limerick in Ireland, The University of Ghana and England’s Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Essex and The University of Sunderland.
  • Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund your research interests locally or abroad. Recent projects include travel to China to research health care options.


North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.
North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.
Madison Cromwell ’17, Elaina Bartoli ’17
North Central College’s new neuroscience discipline will be represented with two projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research



  • Research intern, Edward Hospital, Naperville
  • Research intern, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA
  • Research intern, Loyola University Medical School, Maywood, IL

Medical Schools

Recent graduates have been accepted at:

  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Rush Medical College
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Currently a medical student at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Allison discovered her passion for medicine while studying biology and chemistry at North Central. Here she conducted academic research with faculty members and presented her work at national conferences. She also volunteered for community service projects, served as president of an honors  society chapter and mentored fellow students as a lab assistant and preceptor.

“You can walk into North Central professors’ offices and chat with them about their weekend or ask about your homework,” she says. “The faculty are very friendly. In fact, when I came for my Presidential Scholarship interview as a freshman, Dr. (...


Alina, a biochemistry major, always knew she wanted to be a doctor. It didn’t take long to discover the many ways North Central College could help her achieve that goal.

“I love North Central because of the opportunities it provides,” Alina says. “Through the College Scholars program I studied abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and was able to take a cadaver anatomy course designed for American students interested in healthcare. I became involved in the biology honors society TriBeta, the Senior Class Gift Committee, tutoring at EDGE, the orientation staff and...


North Central College’s liberal arts foundation suited Cory as an aspiring surgeon in unexpected ways. He was pleasantly surprised to find a parallel between medicine and his liberal arts education.

“Although a doctor may specialize in spine surgery, he or she was originally trained as a primary care physician. Even though our primary education is focused on science, we still take classes in other fields.”

Cory recognized that medical schools seek more than just students with scientific medical knowledge; they seek well-rounded individuals. He pursued his varied interests by traveling with the College’s Appalachia Service Project trips to renovate homes for impoverished families.



Brett’s concern for others led him to pursue a career in the medical industry, and his experience at North Central has given him the tools he needs to navigate the competitive field of neurology.

“Doctors don’t just treat their patients, they console and educate the person’s friends and loved ones. That’s something I want to do for my patients,” he says.

Brett is a member of the Pre-Health Organization and the Beta Beta Beta biological honor society, which has allowed him to participate in workshops with medical industry professionals. He participated in a summer research project with professors Jeffrey Bjorklund and Nancy Peterson, studying the industrialization of biodiesel production.



A biology major, Rebecca devoted part of her senior year to prepare for medical school; she was accepted to four schools and chose the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A standout student, Rebecca was a College Scholar, was named the Outstanding Major in Biology and studied abroad in England. She also received a scholarship for students interested in cancer research and conducted research in allergies and immunology at Northwestern University. 

Rebecca credits her professors for preparing her for a medical career. “The science professors are stellar. They teach us to be independent thinkers, resourceful learners and to analyze everything critically.”

She recalls spending hours in the...