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Embrace the Dream

North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction, and direction they need to exceed their personal best in athletics, inside and outside of the classroom, and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861, and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—named among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine—North Central is home to nearly 3,000 students and more than 70 undergraduate majors, 60 additional undergraduate minors and concentrations, and 12 graduate degree programs.

Exceed Your Personal Best


At North Central College, you decide your own future. You’ll discover new ways to think, broaden your perspective, experience new places and work with people who have been where you want to go. Together we will get you ready to make a real difference in our world. This is about YOU. Our job? To help you exceed your personal best.


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Wherever you are in your lifelong pursuit of knowledge and professional advancement, we have a program for you, including our General Education Curriculum, Cardinal Directions, which is the centerpiece of the North Central undergraduate academic experience. We continually add innovative graduate programs, as well, to suit your ambitions for deeper study and specialized careers. 

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