North Central College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

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North Central College Admissions Overview:

North Central College doesn't have highly competitive admissions; the school had an acceptance rate of 59% in 2016.To apply, interested students will need to submit an application (either online or on paper), high school transcripts, and scores from the ACT or SAT. Optional materials include letters of recommendation and personal essays. If you have any questions about the application or admissions process, be sure to contact an admissions counselor for assistance.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • North Central College Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

North Central College Description:

North Central College is a comprehensive, private liberal arts college located on a 62-acre campus in Naperville, Illinois. Downtown Chicago is less than 30 miles away. Benedictine University is just a few miles east of the campus. Founded as Plainfield College in 1861, North Central today offers over 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Business and education are most popular. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The school ranks well both regionally and nationally for its overall quality and value. The great majority of students receive some form of grant aid. North Central College's students represent 32 states and 27 countries, and student life is active with over 60 clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the North Central Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. The college fields 11 men's and 11 women's intercollegiate sports. North Central College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,949 (2,716 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,654
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,356
  • Other Expenses: $1,629
  • Total Cost: $49,839

North Central College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,470
    • Loans: $7,496

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Broadcast Communication, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Finance, Marketing, Psychology, Sport Management

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 56%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Swimming, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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