International Undergraduate Applicants

International Students - How to Apply

International Student Application Process

Learn all you need to know about how to apply to earn your Bachelor's Degree at North Central. 

 

Information for Admitted International Students

Admitted International Students

Congratulations! Learn how to pay your deposit, choose classes, apply for your visa, make travel arrangements, get connected, and attend orientation.

International Undergraduate Scholarships

International Student Scholarships

Affordability is an important part of choosing where to continue your education. North Central is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships for international undergraduate students.

International Student Services

International Student Services

North Central's Center for Global Education offers ongoing support in areas like academics, immigration procedures and regulations, housing, campus employment and community life.

International Student Financial Documentation

Tuition and F-1 Visa Information

The F-1 student visa is designed for international students who plan to enroll in a full-time course of study. Learn how to document your financial support.

English Language Institute

English Language Institute at North Central

North Central's English Language Institute offers year-round intensive English programming to prepare students for degree study. Conditional admission and summer programs are also available.

A Location That Offers the Best of Both Worlds

       簡體中文 日本語 Español

North Central is a nationally-recognized liberal arts university near Chicago, Illinois. As a North Central student you can:

  • Walk to downtown Naperville and to the train—and be in Chicago in about 30 minutes.
  • Be part of an active international community, supported by the award-winning Center for Global Education, where your perspective is valued.
  • Connect with a local Friendship Family and a student mentor at orientation.
  • Conduct hands-on research and participate in national conferences.
  • Be considered for international scholarships of up to $22,000 per year.
  • Transition easily from the on-campus English Language Institute into your degree program.

Learn more in our international brochure or our international quick-facts sheet.

us_map

Where is North Central?

Naperville, Illinois is a safe, friendly city of 150,000 ranked as one of the "best places to live" in the United States by Money Magazine. North Central's beautiful 68-acre residential campus is just a two-minute walk from downtown's stores, banks, restaurants, parks and coffee shops. Easily reached by car, train or airplane, Naperville is just 45 kilometers from downtown Chicago (30 minutes by train) and only 30 minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Home to three million people from around the world, Chicago offers practically unlimited cultural opportunities - from world-renowned museums and theaters to annual events like the Chicago Jazz Festival. Students can participate in Chicago Term courses and internships as well as outings to Chicago's neighborhoods, sporting events, festivals and theaters. 

Admission Timeline

North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis starting on October 1 for the next academic year. While there is no set deadline, we recommend the following priority deadlines for full consideration and to allow sufficient time for visa processing:

  • May 1       - for the term beginning in September
  • October 1 - for the term beginning in January. 

Our academic calendar has three terms, and you can start your program in September or January. Most new students begin in September.  

International Undergraduate Application

Application form

    Choose one of the following options:

Official Transcript

All Applicants: Official high school transcripts/records and certification of graduation. These should include all grades earned in the most recent three (3) academic years and be mailed directly by your school or Ministry of Education to:

North Central College
Office of Admission
30 North Brainard St.
Naperville, Illinois 60540
USA

Transfer Applicants

Applicants who have attended university-level classes should also submit official transcripts/mark sheets for all university-level course work. Course descriptions are also required for any university-level courses taken at institutions located outside of the U.S.

Click here for a Transcript Request Form.

Please note: North Central does not consider emailed transcripts to be official transcripts.

English Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test).  (Our institution code: 1555)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL. (Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the EBRW section of the SAT or at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT.) Our institution codes are: 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).
  • EIKEN - Students may submit official EIKEN results with a minimum Grade Pre-1.
  • Successful completion of North Central College's full-time English Language Institute (ELI)
     
  • Transfer Students: Students applying for transfer from a U.S. college or university who have completed two English composition courses with grades of C or higher are considered to have met the English proficiency requirement.

Conditional Admission option:

Students who meet all academic requirements for admission but do not have the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional admission and enroll in North Central's English Language Institute.  Simply:

  • Complete the free online undergraduate application and mark that you would like to be considered for conditional admission
  • Submit official transcripts, and:
  • Submit a $100 English Language Institute deposit using the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form or flywire.

Optional Documents:

  • A personal statement (1-2 pages) describing your degree and career plans and how North Central can help you achieve them. This can be mailed with your application or emailed to Megan Otermat. (Be sure to include your complete name and the term for which you are applying.)
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor.

Once your application is complete, we can review your file and let you know your admission status and scholarship eligibility within approximately two weeks.

Visa Information

Students who will need an F-1 student visa to study at North Central will also need to submit:

Please Note: All admissions documents become a part of a student's official file and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.