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Life & Location at North Central College

When it comes to life at North Central, no day is typical.


Your morning might begin enjoying smoothies with friends at Res/Rec. After psychology class, it’s a Cardinals in Action meeting, then studying with a lab partner at the Wentz Science Center. There’s dodgeball after dinner followed by a late theatre rehearsal at Pfeiffer Hall. With so much going on — including events, athletics, service projects and dozens of student clubs and organizations — you’ll realize that what you do outside the classroom is central to your experience here.

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A place to live, share and do

At North Central, you’ll find a vibrant and caring community where students collect donations for coat drives, debate cases on the Mock Trial team and simply relax by playing laser tag. Sharing experiences, helping others and making lifelong friends are hallmarks of student life at North Central.

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Live here, eat here

Learn more about where you’ll eat and sleep at North Central.

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Get involved

There are 75+ clubs and organizations to keep you busy.

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Help others

We offer numerous leadership opportunities in ministry and service programs.

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Global perspectives

Since we all share this world, let’s get to know each other better.

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Campus is only the beginning


When not on campus, you can grab a bite at one of Naperville’s 40+ restaurants (everything from deep dish pizza to Cajun to Thai), jog along the picturesque Riverwalk or volunteer at a local charity. If you’re looking for even more to do, Chicago is just a 30-minute train ride away with its learning and career opportunities, professional sporting events and diverse arts and culture.

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A healthy, supportive community

Because your well-being is central to us, we offer a state-of-the-art wellness center, expertly trained safety officers and professional counselors equipped to listen and support you.

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Your well-being

To help you feel your best, the professionals at the Dyson Wellness Center offer care, comfort and even therapy dogs during finals.

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Safety in community

Naperville has been ranked the safest city in America. It's no surprise. And our own campus safety officers are committed to protecting and assisting our students.

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Be informed

A wealth of campus resources are available to you, including our library, which connects students to 36 million items across 82 Illinois libraries.


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