#13 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

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North Central College overview
Location Naperville, Illinois
Online northcentralcollege.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
North Central College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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North Central College is a private liberal arts institution located in Naperville, Illinois, a vibrant city within the Chicago metropolitan area. Founded as Plainfield College in 1861, the institution has a history spanning over 160 years and occupies a 68-acre campus known for its blend of modern and historic brick-clad buildings. North Central offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs, with business, education, and the social sciences among the most popular fields of study. Although considered moderately selective, the college admits a range of students with varied academic profiles. Residential facilities are available, providing a range of on-campus living options for students. Noted for some competitive sports, North Central's athletic teams, known as the Cardinals, compete in the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

In the most recent statistical year 5,099 prospective students applied, and 3,104 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 483 enrolled in the school.  2,535 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 160 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $42,866 plus fees of $180. North Central College is ranked 340 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












North Central College is rated within the top 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1020/1240
ACT 22/28
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Apr 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for North Central College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$180
Room and Board $11,998
Budget for Other Expenses$1,722
Total One Year Cost$57,966

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

64% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by North Central College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Education 13%
Social Sciences 12%
Communication 7%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 6%

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