Be central.

Ask anyone at North Central College what “be central” means, and you’ll learn a lot about what it’s like to be a student here.


It’s about working with our talented and caring faculty who are eager to share their passion for teaching and learning. It’s surrounding yourself with people who want you to succeed. It’s about forging new friendships and playing a pivotal role on campus. All this, plus the opportunity to build a strong academic and ethical foundation.

When you walk across the stage at Commencement, you’ll be ready to thrive through every change and challenge—to lead your profession, to make your mark on the world and be central.  


Undergraduate Academics

Ignite your inspiration

At North Central College, you can sharpen your skills, cultivate your passions and ignite your inspiration.



School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Are you ready to take your career further?

Gain a competitive advantage with courses tailored for real-world conditions.  Learn alongside faculty mentors who know the latest needs of a changing marketplace.  Experience the personalized attention of a small college with world-class opportunities.



A Brilliant Future

The Brilliant Future Campaign will change North Central College forever while honoring its 156-year tradition of excellence.


Learning Is Everywhere

Diversity, Community, Study Abroad

Discuss human rights issues with students from around the world. Put your Spanish to the test by living and studying in Spain. Develop graphics for the nightly Chicago news. Help build houses in South America. There’s no shortage of ways to improve yourself and the world at North Central.

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Proudly Diverse

Different backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives create a rich learning environment that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Explore the World

Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Learn Arabic in Jordan. Study Shakespeare in England. We’ll help you experience the world.

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A Safe and Welcoming Community

With a historic downtown, 40+ eateries, and a beautiful Riverwalk, it’s little wonder Money magazine named Naperville one of the most desirable places to live in the country.

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Serve Others

On campus, across the nation and abroad, you’ll have plenty of ways to be central in the lives of others.



Here and Beyond

Think Global, Act Local

At North Central, you’ll join a top-ranked community of thinkers and doers who serve as good stewards to our hometown of Naperville. You’ll also benefit from all the opportunities that Chicagoland affords.

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Among the Best in the Midwest

For 19 years in a row (and counting), we’ve been included on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best in the Midwest” list.

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Focused on the Planet

Electric vehicles, composting, bike sharing, solar panels, and a LEED-certified building are just a few of the reasons why The Princeton Review named us a “Green School.”

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A City Second to None

Chicago is packed with countless opportunities, unmatched cultural offerings and weekend adventures.  From widely-respected companies to startups brimming with promise, it’s the perfect destination to explore your professional passions.



Camps, Classes, Celebrations

For the Community

Community members can experience North Central by attending a show or hosting an event on campus. Future Cardinals can participate in a variety of summer camp programs from basketball to computer programming or musical theatre.  

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Camps and Workshops

From academic to athletic to on-air broadcasting, we have a program for everyone.

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High School and Pre-College Programs

We offer for-credit courses for highly motivated students.

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Host Your Event

Conferences, banquets and weddings are just some of the events you can host in our state-of-the-art venues.



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