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 make your transfer process as smooth as possible.

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Admitted Student Checklist

This checklist will help you navigate the transfer process and guide you through your enrollment.

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.

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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. If you cannot remember your login information, you can reset your account password. 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.

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4) Financial Aid & Scholarships

For full financial aid consideration, complete or update your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with our college code 001734. Search for North Central College scholarships as well as outside resources. Contact your transfer admission counselor for assistance in working through this process.

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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!

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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.

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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) Advising, Registration and Orientation

Once your deposit is processed, you will receive information about class advising, registration and Orientation. You will receive a survey link via e-mail with information about orientation and the opportunity to confirm program dates that work for you. Orientation surveys become available in mid-March and continue through the next academic year. Please contact the Office of Orientation or with any questions. 

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2) 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.

Dyson Wellness Center

3) Request Final Transcripts

Make arrangements to have your final college or university transcripts sent to the Office of Admission before the first day of the term. If you haven't already done so, please also send an official final high school transcript showing date of graduation.


4) 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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5) 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

6) 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 Program

7) Welcome Week

Start your college experience off the North Central way. Welcome Week is a time to find out more about clubs and organizations, connect with faculty and staff resources around campus, meet other new transfer students and have fun along the way!

Welcome week

8) 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

9) 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.


9) Social Media

Never miss an exciting moment on campus! Stay connected with campus on all social channels. Find us on Facebook and Instagram, follow us on Twitter, and stay up to date with all our other social media connections around campus!


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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