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North Central College Admission Requirements

Naperville, Illinois

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Chances of getting into North Central College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
53%
Admission Difficulty for North Central College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into North Central College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at North Central College is 53%.  It ranks #0 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. North Central College is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 3,687 out of 6,919 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 47 percent (SAT 1050/1230 ACT 21/28). North Central College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.69. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The North Central College application fee is $25 and applications are due by Apr 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. North Central College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

North Central College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1050-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT 
77%
SAT Scores for North Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for North Central College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

North Central College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 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 960. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. North Central College ranks #0 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

North Central College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >68%
1140 to 1230 Avg + 53%-68%
1050 to 1140 Avg - 37%-53%
960 to 1050 Reach 24%-37%
Less than 960 Low <24%
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North Central College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
49%
ACT Scores for North Central College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for North Central College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 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 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #0 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Central College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

North Central College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >70%
24 to 28 Avg + 53%-70%
21 to 24 Avg - 39%-53%
18 to 21 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 18 Low <27%
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North Central College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.69
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into North Central College?

Applicants require 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 3.69 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #0 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 53% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted North Central College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 28.8% Good
3.75 to 3.99 20.2% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.9% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.5% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.4% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.4% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.8% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

90% of North Central College freshman were in the top half 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 27%
Top 25% of class 30%
Top 50% of class 90%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

North Central College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,991 2,928 6,919
Accepted 2,092 1,595 3,687
Acceptance Rate 52% 54% 53%
Enrolled 272 262 534
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 16% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
136

Applicants have 136 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to North Central College is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to North Central College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

North Central College Application 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.

FAQs

Does North Central College prefer SAT or ACT?

77% of students submit their SAT scores to North Central College. 49% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into North Central College?

53% of those who apply are granted admission to North Central College. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for North Central College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1230. 77% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for North Central College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 49% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.