McKenna Herbst

Assistant Director of Transfer Admission and Shimer Admission


+1 630 637 5825

Please note: In response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, many employees are mostly working remotely at this time. As such, you can call/text me at 630-447-9858 from 8:00-4:30 on weekdays or email me at Thanks for your understanding, and I look forward to working with you! 

On-Campus Visits: 

We are currently offering a limited number of on-campus meetings and tours by appointment only. This gives you an opportunity to see campus in-person with one of our admission counselors and/or tour guides (current NC student). You can view availability and register here. Please read our health and safety guidelines thoroughly if you come to campus.  

Virtual Visits: 

- Individual Appointments at your convenience. I strongly recommend meeting with me to discuss your enrollment process. You can schedule an appointment here:

Transfer Tuesdays every Tuesday throughout the semester from 2:00-3:00 | Join this Zoom meeting anytime between 2-3 for my drop-in office hours where you can pop in and chat with me about any questions you may have. The password is Cardinals. 

- Virtual Information Sessions are being offered! Click here to find more details regarding this group presentation. 

- Pop-In Saturdays once a month through various formats. Future dates TBD.

- Various Weekday Virtual Visits throughout the semester where we can chat about general aspects of the college, your transfer credits and major, financial aid, etc. are available as well here (Zoom password is Cardinals):    

  • Wednesday, July 14th from 2:00pm-3:30pm | Click here to join! Explore NC through videos/links and talk with me through a live chat box. 
  • Thursday, July 22nd from 11:00am-12:30pm | Join this Zoom meeting anytime between 11-12:30 to ask me questions through a face-to-face conversation.  
  • Tuesday, July 27th from 2:00pm-3:30pm | Click here to join! Explore NC through videos/links and talk with me through a live chat box. 
  • Tuesday, August 3rd from 11:00am-12:30pm | Join this Zoom meeting anytime between 11-12:30 to ask me questions through a face-to-face conversation. 


Meet with me for an unofficial transcript evaluation:

Contact me directly ( to have an unofficial evaluation of your transcripts. We are currently offering virtual appointments through Zoom or over the phone, as well as on-campus visits. 


Our next traditional start term possibility, Fall 2021, begins Wednesday, August 25, 2021. For full admission, financial aid and registration consideration, there is a target date of Friday, August 6th for fall semester file completion. If you cannot complete your file by this date, call our office at 630-637-5800 to discuss your situation. We are also currently admitting students for our Spring 2022 semester, which starts on January 10, 2022.


Learn about your Admission Counselor:

Favorite thing about North Central: The community at North Central is unbeatable! It's incredibly easy to dive right in and get involved, and you'll build life-lasting relationships with friends, professors, and the strong Cardinal alumni network. You're able to stand out and feel valued as a person, as well as collaborate with others. This place truly becomes home, and there's endless opportunities to take advantage of! At North Central, your growth and development will carry on for extremely useful life experiences! You'll naturally find yourself bragging about how proud you are to attend this wonderful institution (seriously)!

Words I use to describe North Central students: Changemakers, determined, involved, interactive, and successful...the list could go on and on! 

Why did I choose to become an Admission Counselor/staff member at North Central? Since I transferred to North Central and had an incredible experience, I wanted to stay at my Alma Mater and share it with others! Transferring can be scary at times, but there is so much help and support provided by North Central to make the transition seamless. My goal is to play a significant role in guiding students through these big life decisions within higher education. 

Favorite Naperville restaurant: There's so many to chose from all within a couple blocks of campus! If I had to chose one, I'd have to say Egg Harbor Cafe. It's great comfort food!

Favorite season in Naperville: Honestly, the campus is beautiful all year round, but fall is my favorite. It's always colorful and lively with students ready to make more memories coming in for a new academic year!

Advice to students: During the admission process, let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns! I'm here to help and have even experienced North Central's transfer process myself! During your time as a student here, take advantage of everything you possibly can! Whether you're interested in campus activities, clubs, fine arts, athletics, research opportunities, internships, working on campus, studying abroad, or all of the above, I say go for it! Like everyone says, your college years do really fly by, so soak it all in, build up your resume, and have fun while doing it! Your transfer experience can be truly amazing, especially if you stretch yourself by going past your comfort zone and trying something new.