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


1. Complete Online Application

 Select one of the following:

  • North Central Online Application: To start your application, you’ll need to create a North Central account if you don’t already have one. Then, select Start a New Application and select First-Year/Transfer for the application type. 
  • Common Application

*All applications are free. 

2. Submit Official Transcripts

All Applicants

  • Official high school transcripts/records and certification of graduation.
  • Transcripts should include all grades earned in the most recent three (3) academic years. 
  • If you haven't yet graduated, please submit official transcripts for the three most recent years and send your certificate after graduating. 

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)
  • Common Application Portal 

If your school or Ministry of Education does not use any of these sources, you must ask them to 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

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:

Test Score Institution code
TOEFL (ibt) Minimum score of 79 1555
IELTS Total score of 6.5 or higher and with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
SAT Minimum score of 490 on the EBRW section 1555
ACT Minimum score of 19 on the English section 1096
EIKEN Minimum Grade Pre-1
Pearson's English Test Minimum score of 58

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

  • Email: 
  • WhatsApp: +1 (331) 231-9161

Optional Documents

It is not mandatory but applicants are encouraged to submit a letter or recommendation and a personal statement to support their application. North Central international admission team will review them if submitted.

  • A personal statement (1-2 pages typed) explaining why you want to attend North Central and how North Central can help you achieve your degree and career plans. This can be 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, including official transcripts, become a part of a student's official file and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution. Once an applicant submits a document or official transcript, it is the property of North Central College and will not be returned.