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Transfer Applicants - How to Apply

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024. Get started with your application today and contact our office at or 630-637-5800 for more information. 

Admission Requirements

  • To be competitive for admission, a 2.5 transferable grade-point average is preferred.  
  • If you have not earned 24 transferable semester hours, your high school transcript will also be required (ACT/SAT scores optional).
  • You must not have been dismissed for any reason from your last institution attended.
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Required Documents

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
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Official Transcripts

  • Request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities be sent to the Office of Admission. We accept sealed, official paper transcripts as well as official electronic transcripts that are sent directly through the following sources: Credentials eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, and Joint Services Transcripts.
  • Send an official high school transcript if you have not earned 24 transferable semester hours at the time of applying.

Optional Items

Because we look at each application on an individual basis, we encourage you to contact your admission counselor to discuss your individual circumstances. While not required, you may wish to submit additional information such as:

Test Scores

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Supplemental Documents

  • Writing samples
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of extenuating circumstances
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More Resources


  • To enroll as degree-seeking at North Central College, you need to have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma. North Central College does not accept degree-seeking students who only meet requirements to show an ability to benefit or who are only beyond the age of compulsory attendance in the state of Illinois.
  • To evaluate the validity of a student's high school diploma if the school or the Secretary has reason to believe that the diploma is not valid, the Office of Admission contacts the registrar or counseling office at the high school in question for confirmation of the diploma’s validity. 
  • If the diploma was not obtained from an entity that provides secondary school education, the Office of Admission would require the student to provide alternate documentation showing they have a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.  Student self-certification is not sufficient documentation, and if the Office of Admission is not able to validate the high school diploma, the applicant cannot appeal the decision not to validate the diploma.

Transfer to North Central

Whether you’re transferring from a two-year school or another four-year college or university, at North Central College you’ll find a supportive community where everyone shares an interest in your success. It’s a place where you have the chance to grow, learn and put your classroom learning into real-life action.

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