North Central College

North Central College

North Central College, also known as NCC, is located in Naperville, Illinois, United states. It was established in 1861. It was originally named Plainfield College and was located in Plainfield, Illinois. The college opened its doors on November 11, 1861. It moved to its present location in Naperville in 1870. The college was renamed North Central College in 1926. The college campus covers an area of more than 55 acres. North Central College has a student-run newspaper known as "The Chronicle." It also operates a radio station known as WONC-FM 89.1.

NCC participates in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The sports teams are called the Cardinals. They are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The sports teams include basketball, swimming, track and field, cross country, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, tennis, football, wrestling, golf, softball, and soccer.

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Contacting North Central College

North Central College
30 N Brainard St
Naperville , IL 60540
General Phone: (630) 637-5100

North Central College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management204business management, business administration, accounting, small business management, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, actuarial science, ...
Education and Teaching143curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary school teaching, art education, music teaching, physical education teaching
Liberal Arts119East Asian studies, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Therapy and Counseling48psychology
Media42communication studies, journalism, radio and television, organizational communications, animation and special effects
Science36biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy29sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Mathematics10mathematics, applied mathematics
Drama and Performing Arts9drama, stagecraft
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Art Studies8art studies
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Design2design and applied arts
Medical Support and Technology0nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist

Number of programs and degrees for North Central College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree55059
Master's degree1067
Postbaccalaureate certificate131

North Central College Student Body

In 2007-2008, North Central College had a total enrollment of 2,559 students (2,344 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 32%
20-21 32%
22-24 16%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


North Central College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %

North Central College Room and Board (2007)

North Central College offers campus housing for 1,221 of its 2,344 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Naperville, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

North Central College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520640
SAT Math510630
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT8%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

North Central College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,938
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,938
Room and board $ 8,217
Room charge $ 5,601
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,616
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
North Central College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 173400)

North Central College Faculty

North Central College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1815
Non-tenured and not on tenure track716

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$85,19211$78,086
Associate professoracademic year22$68,62318$67,047
Assistant professoracademic year17$59,09318$54,082
Instructoracademic year2*8$42,017
All faculty totalacademic year64$71,30455$61,371

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

North Central College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Basketball College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Baseball College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Track College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

North Central College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Organizational Communication, General
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets North Central College Apart:

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Top 16%North Central College Student SAT scores
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Top 16%North Central College % of degrees in media
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Top 17%North Central College % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 18%North Central College % of degrees in business and management
% of degrees in liberal arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%North Central College % of degrees in liberal arts

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