Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.
“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.
The College’s financial health has allowed continued progress on a privately funded, $60 million Science Center that will be the premier facility of its kind in the region. Modern classrooms and labs will prepare students for science, health, math and technology careers starting in March 2017. In addition, a new suite-style residence hall houses upperclass students who want comfortable amenities while living on campus.
Last year’s hiring of 14 full-time faculty means that students can develop close relationships on campus that will stay with them for a lifetime. “Small class sizes, research opportunities and mentoring are at the foundation of a North Central education,” said Sauer. “A robust program to assist with internships, job placement and graduate admission is a key component of this experience.”
The addition of three new athletic programs and new coaches makes North Central’s athletic department the largest in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and nationally reputable in NCAA Division III competition.
In addition, students benefit from a campus rich in opportunities in fine arts, radio broadcasting, speech competitions and international travel. The College recently received honors as a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars and for the globalization of campus.
Programs are in place to challenge honors students through the College Scholars program, as well first-generation students who want support through Cardinal First. Each year, more than 95 percent of enrolled students receive financial aid, which totaled $39.2 million last year.
“I had assumed that community college would be the best financial approach for us but Marlee had her heart set on starting at North Central,” said Olga Martinez, mother of Marlee. “I was so surprised that it was possible … in terms of scholarships and through workshops and one-on-one meetings. North Central was within reach and wonderful for Marlee.”
“At North Central, we share an excitement about the future,” added Sauer. “We’re excited about the quality of our incoming students and what the future holds for them.”