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Naperville, Illinois

North Central College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into North Central College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
54.4%
Admission Difficulty for North Central College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into North Central College and can I get accepted? The school has a 54% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,928 out of 7,220 applicants were admitted making North Central College a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. North Central College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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North Central College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
1%
SAT Scores for North Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for North Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1380
Average SAT Score 1260

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to North Central College?

North Central College typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 1 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

North Central College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >67%
1255 to 1380 Avg + 54%-67%
1130 to 1255 Avg - 41%-54%
1005 to 1130 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 1005 Low <29%
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North Central College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
93%
ACT Scores for North Central College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for North Central College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into North Central College?

Admission data indicates that North Central College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Central College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

North Central College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >69%
24 to 27 Avg + 54%-69%
22 to 24 Avg - 43%-54%
20 to 22 Reach 33%-43%
Less than 20 Low <33%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.59
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into North Central College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at North Central College was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as North Central College accepts 54% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted North Central College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 40% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 13% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 10% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

57% of North Central College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted North Central College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 19%
Top 25% of class 57%
Top 50% of class 86%
Bottom 50% of class 14%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

North Central College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,192 3,028 7,220
Accepted 2,306 1,622 3,928
Acceptance Rate 55% 54% 54%
Enrolled 318 285 603
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 18% 15%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to North Central College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

North Central College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at North Central College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147660 IPEDS survey data for North Central College.