Explore the vast array of opportuntities that await your students at North Central!

Here at North Central, your students will find a program thats right for them! No matter if they know their dream job already or if they're still trying to find their path - we will support them every step of the way. Explore all the opportunities that await them here, from living and dining on campus, to the endless selection of clubs and activities, to spending a semester abroad, and much more! 


Majors & Programs

Wherever your students are on their lifelong pursuit of knowledge and professional advancement, we have a program for them. Whether they are looking for an undergraduate or graduate program, we offer engaging, inspiring and vigorous courses, designed to help your student find their passion, awaken their drive to learn and prepare them to make an impact in a dynamic world. They will be able to travel, conduct research, intern, work and participate in high-impact practices that make the most of their college experience. 

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Financial Aid & Costs

A degree from North Central College is an investment with lifelong returns. It’s a commitment to your student's career, a decision to study the world around them and an opportunity to make friends for life. North Central partners with your student and their family to maximize affordability through a number of financial assistance options. We’re dedicated to making sure cost is never a barrier to a comprehensive liberal arts education.

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Application Guidelines

We know the application process can seem overwhelming, so we want to make it as simple as possible. We have resources designed to guide your students through the entire application process, many of which are available below. Whether they’re applying for admission to the College or to the Honors Program via our Express Lane admission program, we'll walk with them every step of the way.

Students can select one of the following ways to apply for admission:

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  • First-Year applicants will need to submit transcripts from any previously attended schools. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admission decisions. An official final transcript with the student’s graduation date will be required before enrolling in classes.
  • Transfer applicants will also need to submit transcripts from all previously attended schools. Official transcripts are needed for admission decisions. If students have not earned 24 transferable semester hours at the time of applying, please also send an official high school transcript. 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.
  • To enroll as degree-seeking at North Central College, students need to have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.
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Optional Items

Because we look at each application on an individual basis, we encourage students to contact their admission counselor to discuss their individual circumstances. While not required, students 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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We  recommend students take the college preparatory curriculum offered at their high school. This typically consists of:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (including algebra and geometry, one course beyond geometry is preferred)
  • 3 years of science (including 2 years of lab sciences)
  • 3 years of social sciences
  • Multiple years of the same foreign language are strongly recommended. 
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More Resources

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Undocumented Students

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First-Generation Programs

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Life & Location

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Cardinal Directions

There are no two college students that are exactly alike, and neither are their paths to graduation. That’s why North Central College created Cardinal Directions, a revolutionary approach to the General Education Curriculum that puts your journey through college in your hands.

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