International Students How to Apply

International Students - How to Apply


We're so excited you're interested in North Central College and everything we have to offer. We know the application process can seem overwhelming, so we want to make it as easy as possible. 

Apply for Direct Admission

Select the application that fits you

2. Submit Official Transcripts

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.  (If you have not yet graduated, please submit official transcripts for the most recent three years and then provide the graduation certificate  once it is available.)

Electronic transcripts must be sent directly to North Central College by the issuing institution through the following sources:

  • Credentials eScrip-Safe
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Parchment (formerly Docufide/Avow)

If your school or Ministry of Education does not use any of these sources, you will need to request they send an official transcript in a sealed envelope via postal mail to our office at:

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

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.

3. Submit Documentation of 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 the Advanced Level 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.

Apply for Conditional Admission

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:

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

Optional Documents

Any applicant may choose to provide additional documents to support his or her application.  These are not required as part of the application process, but North Central admission staff will review them if submitted.

  • 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 International Admissions. (Be sure to include your complete name and the semester for which you are applying.)
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor.

Timeline for Application Review

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

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.