North Central College students

Admitted Freshmen

You're in!

Congratulations on your admission to North Central College. We can't wait to welcome you to campus! North Central is more than just a world-class education. It's a place that will help you exceed your personal best: in the classroom, in the lab, in your career and in life.

Here you will find information designed to help you take the next steps in becoming a Cardinal. 


Students at North Central College

Admitted Student Checklist

As you prepare to enter one of the most exciting chapters in your life, you're probably wondering "What comes next?" This checklist will help answer that question and guide you through the enrollment process. 

1) Celebrate

You did it! Now it's time to celebrate the moment and let the world know you are #CardinalBound. From party decorations to Instagram filters and thank-you cards to mobile wallpapers—we’ve got everything you need to show off your Cardinal Pride! Explore and download these digital freebies.


2) Make it Official

Submit your $100 tuition deposit to ensure your place in the class at North Central. If you plan to reside on campus, you will also submit your housing deposit at this time. Please see below for more information regarding on-campus housing. You can submit your deposit online, by check using the postage-free envelope provided in your acceptance packet, or by contacting the Office of Admission at 630-637-5800 to submit a credit card deposit. Deposits are nonrefundable.

Student in lab

3) Housing Deposit

If you plan to live on campus, complete and submit your online housing application with a $100 room deposit to reserve your space in the residence halls. You will need your North Central login credentials to complete the questionnaire; please refer to your acceptance packet for those details. Housing deposits must be submitted with a tuition deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. Residence Life provides a list of items to bring (or not bring) to your residence hall room.

Students in residence hall

4) Financial Aid & Scholarships

For more information on freshman scholarships based on your academic and co-curricular interests, please reach out to your admission counselor. Beginning October 1st: Complete your financial aid paperwork, including the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) form. North Central's FAFSA code is 001734.

Students walking together on campus

5) Visit Campus

Whether you have been here before or fell in love with campus from afar, there's always something new to experience: sit in on a class, talk with a faculty member or coach, check out a theatre performance and so much more! We have custom visit days to fit your busy schedule. Register for a visit!

Students walking in the middle of campus

6) Email Account

Sign in to your official North Central email account. You’ll be receiving important information relating to next steps and financial aid at this address. Your log-in credentials were provided in your acceptance packet. If you need assistance determining your login credentials, please contact the Office of Admissions at or 630-637-5800. ​​​​​​If you cannot remember your login information, you can reset your account password.

Students working on classwork

Cardinal Checklist

Congratulations on submitting your tuition deposit and officially becoming a Cardinal! Here is some information to consider and a few to-do items to complete as you move forward.

1) Immunization Records

Submit your immunization records. Students cannot register for Orientation and classes until their immunization records have been received at the College. Immunization records can be faxed to 630-637-5554. E-mail the Dyson Wellness Center at if you have questions.

Reading materials

2) Summer Orientation

Attend your Summer Orientation session. Before you attend, you'll receive a survey in the spring and confirm program dates that work for you and your family. You'll then receive your official invitation. Orientation is a full day event, with student sessions and a separate family program. Please contact the Office of Orientation at 630-637-5410 or with questions. 

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3) Final High School Transcripts

Make arrangements to have your final high school transcript and any college or university transcripts sent to North Central College.

Student in a lab

4) AP Credit

Degree-seeking students may receive credit by examination through the Advanced Placement Program. Visit the Registrar's Office for more information.

Students in a lab

5) Dual Credit

Did you take a college course during high school? Please request official college or university transcripts to be sent to North Central College. If you attended a local community college, see if your course transfers to North Central by viewing our course substitution guides.

Students socializing

6) Complete Health and Safety Requirements

Before the first day of classes, you will need to complete a few online training modules. North Central is committed to maintaining a safe and positive learning, working, social and residential environment. 

Complete Online Training Modules


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7) Books & Supplies

Determine which books and supplies you'll need for each class by regularly checking Merlin as your start term approaches.  Books are available for purchase or rent at the Campus Store.

Campus store

8) Cardinal First

Cardinal First is an award-winning program designed to create a community among our first-generation college students, faculty and staff. Aimed at helping you succeed in the classroom, getting you involved on campus, and supporting you in numerous ways, this nationally recognized program offers a network of peers, the opportunity for scholarship, monthly workshops and meaningful engagement opportunities from your first day on campus through graduation.

Cardinal First programming

9) Veteran Benefits

If you are a veteran, contact Julie Carballo or call 630-637-5155 to schedule your required benefits meeting to discuss necessary paperwork.  If you are eligible to receive veteran benefits as a dependent, contact Therese Lux or call 630-637-5254 to schedule your required benefits meeting. Be sure to check out all available Veteran Services.


Veterans on campus

10) Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC)

North Central College students are eligible to participate in the U.S. Army ROTC Rolling Thunder Battalion or the U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 195 leading to a commission as a military officer. In addition to having the full undergraduate experience at North Central, cadets take one ROTC course per term at either Wheaton College (Army ROTC) or Illinois Institute of Technology (Air Force ROTC). Ten credit hours of military science course work is accepted in transfer credit toward your North Central degree.


For more information about being a ROTC cadet at North Central College, including the North Central ROTC Room & Board grant, contact Julie Carballo, Veteran & Military Student Services Coordinator at or 630-637-5155.

ROTC students


This is an exciting time, but we understand it can also feel overwhelming. Please reach out with any questions; we are here to help every step of the way. To contact us, call 630-637-5800 or email

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