North Central College
North Central College is located in a 65-acre campus in Naperville, Illinois. It was founded in 1861 as Plainfield College. This private liberal arts institution has an average yearly enrollment of 3000 students. North Central College was ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report, and is also among the list of "America's Best 20 Colleges". Additionally, North Central is among Kaplan's "320 Most Interesting Colleges".
Students at North Central College choose from nearly 70 different areas of study. Undergraduate Majors and Minors are offered in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Art, English Studies, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Finance, Chemistry, Communications, Health Education, History, Economics, Elementary Education, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Spanish, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Theatre, Sport Management, Wellness, Philosophy, and many more.
Graduate Programs are also offered at North Central College. Masters Degrees can be obtained in Business Administration, International Business, Education, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Management Information Systems, Web and Internet Applications, and more.
North Central College is known for its excellence and focus on the arts. Music, theater, and visual arts are major components of campus life as well as community involvement. The school's $30-million Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center is a 57,000-square foot facility that showcases the college's music, theatre, and arts programs, and has spacious practice rooms, offices and music rehearsal facilities. North Central College regularly features professional and amateur music performances across musical styles and genres. Art exhibits also feature the works of international artists, community artists, and the most talented students. Most of the art exhibits are free of charge and open both to students and members of the Naperville community.
North Central College's athletics program is also very competitive regionally. The North Central Cardinals compete in both men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis, track and field, etc.) and women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, swimming and diving, volleyball, etc.).
Students at North Central College are offered various recreational activities such as intramural sports and fitness classes. The fitness center has modern facilities and equipment such as weights, ellipticals, bikes, and more. There are group fitness classes that are offered free of charge to students.
Dining options at North Central College are anything but ordinary. The Kaufman Dining Hall features buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with traditional menus, while The Cage offers hot pizza from Papa John's, Freshens smoothies, and your favorite snack fare - burgers, wraps, wings, and sandwiches. The Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe is a little more laid-back, with Starbucks-brewed coffee, fresh baked items, and WiFi.
At North Central College, community involvement and student interaction are priorities as well. Various clubs and organizations exist on campus to provide interaction and activities to students of different interests and social groups. Academic organizations (American Marketing Association, Student Accounting Society, Cercle Francais), spiritual life clubs (Catholic Student Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, United Methodist Student Organization), Honor societies (Alpha Kappa Delta, Chi Alpha Sigma, etc.) and more are open to interested students who are looking for groups with like-minded individuals.