Welcome, families!

Congratulations! You’ve reached a huge milestone in your life—and your student has, too. We know that getting ready for college is an exciting time for families. We also understand, given present circumstances, conversations about college sound a bit different these days. This is an investment in your student’s future. Rest assured that you and your family are in good hands with North Central College. Graduating from North Central will open up opportunities you didn’t even realize were possible. And we want to partner with you to make it a reality.

Why North Central? 

Visit Campus

Is North Central right for your student? The best way to find out is through a campus visit. We have options that fit any schedule and are designed to answer every question.

Virtual Tour 

Visit Options 

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Focused on You!

At North Central College, students decide their own future. They’ll discover new ways to think, broaden their perspective, experience new places and work with people who have been where they want to go. Together we will get students ready to make a real difference in our world. 

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Location really does matter

North Central’s location is ideal. Campus is located in the heart of a lively town and just a train ride away from one of the greatest cities in the country.


Get to know our hometown by the numbers

  • 148k+ residents call this bustling and vibrant city home.
  • 150+ trendy restaurants, shops and cafés located just steps from campus.
  • #5 on Niche’s “Best Places to Live in Illinois” and named one of the “50 Safest College Towns in America” by SafeWise in 2019.
  • Two miles of brick paths, fountains and study spots along the scenic Naperville Riverwalk.
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Just a short train ride from campus

  • Third-largest city in the U.S. and one of the most iconic cities in the world.
  • Great place to find internships and jobs at leading global companies and boutique firms in every industry imaginable.
  • Features world-renowned architecture, museums, music and theatre scenes, as well as great pro sports, nightlife and food from every culture.
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We understand that wellness— physical, emotional and mental— is essential to success!

Our faculty and staff put their connections with students first. Coaches ask about finals and professors attend athletic events. People care about each other here, and everyone is committed to your student’s success. Here are just a few examples of the programs we’ve designed to support your student.

Dyson Wellness Center

Students can make a free appointment to see a physician or counselor. Our friendly, compassionate staff of health care professionals ensures that your student receives high quality medical and counseling care. They’ll also have access to a wealth of resources both onsite and in the community.

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Recreation & Fitness

We know your student’s schedule will be packed with classes, a job and social events. However, it’s just as important to exercise. Our intramural sports leagues and group fitness classes make staying active easy and fun!

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Cardinal First Program

Our nationally recognized program is designed to build a sense of community and network among our first-generation students, faculty and staff—from day one to graduation. A structured approach helps your student succeed in the classroom, get involved on campus, support their growth as a person and prepare them for a successful future.

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Additional Resources

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Visit Naperville

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Hotel Partner Program

Father and son at homecoming football tailgate


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Take A Virtual Tour

Welcome to the North Central family!

We’re honored that you’ve entrusted your student to us, and we look forward to partnering with you to help him or her continue to grow, thrive and become a productive leader of the future. Our students are central to everything we do at North Central, and we are committed to helping them discover the ways they can be central to their community and world.

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