North Central College
  • United States
  • Naperville, Illinois, United States
    • School Type: University
    • Scholarship: $26,000-$30,000/Year (Renewable)

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Strong Majors
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • International Business
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
Key Facts
  • A comprehensive, liberal arts college 
  • 3,000 students from 32 nations
  • NCC Coffee Lab: A state-of-the-art roastery and research laboratory dedicated to the business of coffee, with a faculty-student-partner collaboration that focuses on direct trade and relationship-based social enterprises
  • WONC-FM 89.1: An award-winning, student-run radio station where students can pursue careers in both on-air and behind-the-scenes roles in broadcast communication from the first day of classes
  • Students are encouraged to study abroad, with opportunities on five continents from three-week courses to full-time term-long or full-year programs
  • 90% of international students are on OPT or are employed upon graduating

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North Central College, established in 1861, is an independent college located in Naperville, Illinois. Named as one of the top ten “America’s Best Colleges” in the Midwest, it offers a wide array of programs with 60+ majors, 60+ minors, 12 graduate programs, and four certificate programs. The college has about 3,000 students that study across its undergraduate and graduate degrees.

North Central offers its students courses designed to help them find their passion to make them enjoy their college experience. The college offers General Education Curriculum, as well as Cardinal Directions. Programs offered include Business Economics, Engineering, Medicine, and Nursing. 

International Students

North Central College accepts international students having 45 countries currently represented in its international students' population. The college designates the International Student Services and Engagement (ISSE) to offer students support, assistance, and even personal and professional development opportunities from the day they get admitted until their graduation day. 

International Student Application Requirements

  • Application through the Common Application
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

Once admitted, students need to prepare other requirements such as:

  • $100 tuition deposit, and $100 housing deposit for those who will live on campus
  • Official final transcripts, including any current coursework
  • F-1 student visa
  • Financial forms
  • Class registration
  • Housing application
  • Meal plans
  • Medical history and immunization records
  • Health insurance

International Student Scholarships

The college acknowledges the students' efforts to get to North Central thus offers a selection of scholarships for international undergraduate students to assist them financially as they continue their education. 

International Freshman Scholarships:

  • International Presidential Scholarship (worth $30,000)
  • International Dean Scholarship (worth $28,000)
  • International Honor Scholarship (worth $27,000)

Additional International Student Scholarships:

  • #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship (worth $3,000)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship (worth $3,000)
  • Talent Scholarships
  • Alumni Scholarship (worth $1,000)
  • ELI To Degree Scholarship (worth $3,000)
  • International Religious Scholarship
  • Endowed Scholarships

English Language Institute

North Central College also offers the English Language Institute (ELI), which is a full-time intensive English program exclusively designed to help international students as they prepare for admission to a college or university in the U.S. Classes will be taught in small groups by professional ESL instructors for a more personalized and focused learning. 95% of students who finished classes in the English Language Institute successfully move into undergraduate classes. 

Students will be learning from four classes: Writing and Grammar, Listening and Speaking, Reading & Vocabulary, and an Elective Class, which include American Culture, Test Preparation, or College Preparation. 

Requirements for Admission for ELI:

  • Must be at least 17 years old and must have completed high school
  • Application form
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and bank letter
  • Copy of your passport
  • $100 application fee

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