Cardinal Game Day Tailgate

Saturday, February 4th

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Experience all the hype of a Cardinal Basketball weekend! Cheer and eat with other Cardinals and enjoy free Game Day tickets.

(Women's Basketball game begins at 2:00 p.m.)

2:45 p.m. Check-In at New Hall Multipurpose Room

3:00 p.m. Welcome from Admissions and student panel

3:30 p.m. Optional campus tour time (let us know what you'd like to see!)

4:15 p.m. Tailgate food available

(Men's Basketball game begins at 4:15 p.m.)

Campus Visit Days

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet our Cardinal community! We invite you to join us to learn all about North Central, and tour our beautiful campus with a current student.  These are great opportunities to get a first introduction to the school in-person!

Monday, February 20th - Register

Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center

171 E. Chicago Ave. in Naperville, IL


12:00 p.m.     Check-in at the Fine Arts Center early for*:

Lunch Conversation: February 20 - Shimer Interest Gathering hosted by Shimer Class of 2020 alum Sophie OR

Complimentary lunch at Kaufman Dining Hall OR

Discount coupons for downtown Naperville businesses and restaurants

*tell us you're arriving early in the comment box on the registration form! Please write 'Shimer' if you're interested in attending the Lunch Conversation

12:45 p.m.    Check-in at Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center 

Trolley Tour (surrounding Naperville area)

Student Life Fair
1:30 p.m.      'Welcome to North Central College' presentations
2:00 p.m.      Academic Information Sessions

(we'll guide you to your session based on the interests you've provided us!)

-Liberal Arts: Exploring your path

-Becoming an Educator

-STEM and Health Sciences Pathways at North Central

-Studying Business

2:45 p.m.     Campus Tour

3:45 p.m.     Connect with North Central staff for any questions before you leave!

4:00 p.m.     Departure

Extend your visit!

  • Complimentary Dinner at Kaufman Dining Hall available
  • Discount coupons for dinner in downtown Naperville
  • Spend the night in downtown Naperville with our Hotel Partner Program
  • Complimentary tickets can be provided to any of the week's Cardinal athletic competitions

Events Sponsored by Shimer Great Books School

Lunch Conversations within Campus Visit Day 

Monday, February 20th - Shimer Interest Gathering hosted by Shimer Class of 2020 alum Sophie Juhlin

Register for February 20 Campus Visit Day above and write 'Shimer' in the comment box to let us know you'll be in attendance!

Honors Program dinner and overnight experience

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20th 

Join us for dinner and discussion all about the Honors Program with faculty and current students. Learn how our Honors Program is different than what you know about 'Honors.' Overnight stay is optional (please note in the comment box if you're interested in the overnight.)

Overnight space is limited.

5:00 p.m. – Check-in

5:30 p.m. – Dinner with faculty and current students

6:15 p.m. – Breakout presentations

        Family members stay to hear from faculty

        Students go to honors housing for a student panel

7:00 p.m. – Wrap-up

         Students are welcome to depart or hang out with current students until it's time to turn in for the night

         Students who are staying overnight get paired with their hosts

Office of Financial Aid's Ask Me Anything Virtual Events

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central

Spend time with our Financial Aid and Admission staff going over your financial aid offer letter and estimated cost worksheet. They are here to help!

Wednesday, February 22nd - Understanding Your Award - Register

Thursday, March 23rd - Understanding Your Award - Register



Spend time with our Financial Aid and Admission staff going over the billing process and timeline.

Thursday, May 18th - Bills, Bills, Bills - Registration will open soon

Admitted Student Days

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10th - Register

Friday, April 21st - Register

You belong here and we want to show you why. This event is exclusively for admitted students.

11:30 a.m. Check-in early to go to lunch in our dining hall before the event begins

12:15 p.m. Regular check-in begins

12:30 p.m. Welcome, Future Cardinals!

12:45 p.m. Walk to sessions

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Session A (choose 1): Financial Aid or Orientation & Student Life

1:35 to 2:05 p.m. Session B (choose 1): Financial Aid or Residence Life

2:10 p.m. Return to Resource Fair

2:15 p.m. Resource Fair, Trolley Tours of Naperville area, taco snack!

2:45 p.m. Optional campus tours – you choose what buildings you want to see!

3:45 p.m. Departure

We're excited to welcome you to the Cardinal family!

Transfer Info Session

9:45 a.m. to Noon

We are proud to be a leading destination for transfer students.  Join us to learn how we support you from inquiry to graduation and beyond.

Saturday, March 18th

30 N. Brainard St. Naperville IL, 60540

9:45 a.m. - Check-In 

10:00 a.m. - Presentations

11:00 a.m. - Walking Tour of Campus

12:00 p.m. - Unofficial Transcript Evaluation/On-The-Spot Admission Decisions
                    Limited space available. On-The-Spot Admission Decisions available with completed application and all transcripts.

Individual Visits

This on-campus visit opportunity includes an hour long walking campus tour with a current student and a meeting with an Admission Counselor (30 minutes for incoming freshman and 1 hour for incoming transfers if you'd like a transcript evaluation).  We have start times between 9am and 2:30pm every weekday. Use Event Category of "Individual Campus Visit" when registering below.

We also offer Individual Weeknight Transfer Visits during the academic year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5pm and 6pm.  Use Event Category of "Individual Weeknight Transfer Visit" when registering below.  

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Saturday Visits

Freshmen: Hear an admission presentation from a Freshman Admission Counselor in a small group setting before a walking tour of our beautiful campus with a current student. 

Transfers: Hear an admission presentation from a Transfer Admission Counselor in a small group setting before a walking tour of our beautiful campus with a current student. 

Click "Register" below and use Event Category of "Saturday Visit" when registering to see more options.  

Schedule your visit today!

One of the best ways to determine whether North Central College is the right fit for you is to visit. Whether you’re an admitted student looking to discuss questions surrounding your final decision, an applicant with questions about completing your application, or a prospective student just starting your college search, our counselors are ready to assist you and your family.  

  • Masks are optional on campus. Masks are required in our Dyson Wellness Center, COVID testing Site, and may be required by some faculty in their labs. Masks may be required at some on-campus events depending on the event and organizer requirements.

  • Learn more about each visit option or explore dates available through our online events registration page. When you find the right option, submit your registration (we recommend searching by "Event Category" to view various options.)

  • Non-degree and graduate degree-seeking students should set up a visit with Graduate and Professional Studies 

  • If you are looking to schedule a group visit, please contact our Visit Coordinator at 

Virtual Options

Students walking on campus

Virtual Campus Tour

Residence Hall Virtual Tours

students walking on campus

Individualized Virtual Visits for Freshman Students

Prospective freshman students can connect with an admission counselor to get specific questions answered through an individualized virtual visit or phone call!

student sitting on campus

Individualized Virtual Visits for Transfer Students

Prospective transfer students can connect with their transfer counselor to get specific questions answered through an individualized virtual visit or phone call!

students on campus

Campus Photo Gallery

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Planning your visit

From directions to lodging deals to local dining suggestions, we have the resources to make your visit to North Central fun, educational and affordable.

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Getting here

By plane, train or car, here’s how to find North Central. View our campus map

hotel in naperville


We have an agreement with several Naperville hotels to ensure you get a great deal when you visit.

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Our campus is only part of the story. There’s so much to explore off campus as well.

millennium park chicago


See Chicago for the first time or from a whole new perspective. It's a short train ride away.

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Finding the right college is a big job. After all, you're only looking for that special place offering the skills and confidence to take on the world. You could use a hand. That's why we're here - to help you manage this life decision. 

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