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Conditional & Pathway Admission

What is conditional admission?

Are you interested in an undergraduate degree at North Central College, but need to develop your English language skills before starting a degree program? If you answer yes to this question, then conditional admission may be a good option for you.


What is pathway admission?

Pathway admission is conditional admission for students who submit advanced language scores with their application materials. 

What are the benefits of Pathway Admission?

  • Earn 4-8 university credits while taking 10-15 hours of English language coursework

  • Undergraduate tuition discount through Pathway Award

What are the English requirements for Pathway Admission?

TOEFL iBT Minimum Score: 61

IELTS Minimum Score: 6.0

Institutional TOEFL Minimum Score: 500

Who is eligible for conditional admission?

North Central College offers conditional admission to undergraduate students whose:

  • Academic record qualifies them for admission to a North Central College degree program.
  • Level of English proficiency is lower than admission requirements.
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How do I apply for  undergraduate conditional or pathway admission?

Optional Documents

  • A personal statement (1-2 pages) describing your degree and career plans and how North Central can help you achieve them. 
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor.
  • English proficiency documentation
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Can I get scholarships?

  • Yes, for your undergraduate studies. 100% of admitted international students get a scholarship.
  • We have a special scholarship, the ELI to Degree scholarship, for students who go through the ELI to achieve English proficiency. All fulltime ELI tuition paid is applied as a scholarship over four years of undergraduate study. 
  • Learn more about our scholarships here

Review Process

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


Detailed undergraduate application instructions can also be found on our International Undergraduate Admission page.

Couldn't find what you were looking for?

If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact our director Katherine Pope.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 630-637-5271
  • Fax: 630-637-5295
  • Skype: kate_pope_ncc
  • WeChat: kpope_ncc_eli
  • Street Address: Abe House, 48 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
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