North Central College

North Central College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on North Central College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is North Central College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

North Central College was awarded 182 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

North Central landed the #635 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 102 colleges in Illinois, North Central is ranked at #21.

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Is It Hard to Get Into North Central?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at North Central College is a competitive 53%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 74% of students accepted to North Central submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Central College  ( 530 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for North Central College  ( 520 to 620 )
North Central received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for North Central College  ( 21 to 28 )

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North Central College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At North Central College, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at North Central College is 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at North Central College

Freshmen Retention Rate

North Central College has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at North Central for first-time, full-time students is 57%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  57 out of 100

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North Central College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,475 undergraduates at North Central with 2,414 being full-time and 61 being part-time.

How Much Does North Central College Cost?

The overall average net price of North Central is $24,786. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for North Central

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$18,889 $20,128 $23,353 $25,778 $29,330

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of North Central, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At North Central, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $8,180 a year. That adds up to $32,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at North Central is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do North Central Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from North Central make around $47,800 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for North Central students since it is 20% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at North Central College make the most money.

Location of North Central College

Located in Naperville, Illinois, North Central College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of North Central is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for North Central are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-637-5100

North Central College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 56 majors graduated from North Central College. Of these students, 831 received undergraduate degrees and 81 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 95 $25,709
Health & Physical Education 55 $32,772
Marketing 54 $44,356
Teacher Education Grade Specific 45 $42,338
Finance & Financial Management 39 $52,464
Teacher Education Subject Specific 31 NA
Business Administration & Management 31 $47,595
Economics 31 $54,644
Sociology 28 $42,682
Computer Science 26 $65,905

Learn more about the majors offered at North Central College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at North Central

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 2,298 students took at least one online class at North Central College. This is an increase from the 266 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,298 305
2018-2019 266 91
2017-2018 99 13
2016-2017 8 8
2015-2016 0 0

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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