North Central College (Illinois) Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of North Central College (Illinois)

North Central College is a comprehensive, private liberal arts institution situated on a 62-acre campus in Naperville, Illinois. North Central has more than over 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Academics are backed by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio. NCC ranks well both regionally and nationally for its overall quality and value. Student life is robust, with over 60 organizations and clubs. The North Central Cardinals play in the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. The institution majors 11 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate sports. North Central College is associated with the United Methodist Church.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,928 (2,681 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male/54% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,040
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $11,456
  • Other Expenses: $1,629
  • Total Cost: $54,325

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 68%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,298
    • Loans: $6,761

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Psychology, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other; Accounting; and Economics, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 57%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Overview of North Central College (Illinois) Admissions

North Central College doesn’t have competitive admissions; the school had an acceptance rate of 56% in 2019.T Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • North Central College Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 433/600
    • SAT Math: 420/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/26
    • ACT English: 21/27
    • ACT Math: 20/26
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for North Central College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If North Central College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for North Central College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Temple University, Seton Hall University, Howard University, University of Houston, San Diego State University, University of California, Riverside, University of Arizona

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than North Central College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Stony Brook University, University of Texas at Dallas, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy

Applying to North Central College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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