Since 1861, North Central has been a place where new ideas lead to unlimited possibilities. We’re an independent college dedicated to the power of the liberal arts and sciences to transform students into leaders both in their careers and communities. Our nearly 3,000 students study across more than 65 undergraduate and graduate programs, with their education made richer by supportive faculty and staff, world-class facilities and countless opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.

Though affiliated with the United Methodist Church, we welcome and encourage students and staff of all faiths. We are thoughtfully expanding our academic programs to respond to the needs of our ever-changing world, recently adding Middle Eastern and North African Studies, along with Arabic. And we’re transforming our facilities – most dramatically with a new interdisciplinary Science Center located at the corner of Brainard Street and Van Buren Avenue.

Core Values

North Central College values a rigorous, student-centered education grounded in the liberal arts tradition with purposeful integration of professional studies and civic engagement. While at its core is a residential undergraduate institution, we value distinctive programs for graduate and non-traditional students. We govern ourselves in a shared model between faculty and administration, overseen by a Board of Trustees, and value academic freedom in the development and delivery of our curriculum.

ncc studentWe value the development of the intellectual, the physical, and the spiritual human being. To that end, we encourage engaged civil discourse and dialogue on disparate viewpoints. We value the integration of the curricular, co-curricular, and athletic experiences. We value our alumni and their ongoing commitment to and engagement in our success. We value our affiliation with the United Methodist Church and its contribution to advancing the spiritual health of the campus in all its diversity.

We value our special and storied relationship with Naperville and the surrounding region as a community with which we share values of strong fiscal and environmental stewardship, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and a steadfast commitment to being destinations for success.

North Central College will be a national model of a transformative undergraduate education, enhanced with distinctive graduate and professional programs, in all things steadfastly committed to a liberal arts tradition.

We are a diverse community of learners dedicated to preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders in local, national and global contexts.

Diversity, Inclusion, Global Engagement

ncc diversityWe are a diverse, inclusive, and global community. We are an engaging and mentoring educational community that nurtures a culture of curiosity and fosters life-long learning. We have rigorous expectations of all students, of faculty as teachers and scholars, and of staff as partners in student success. We value quality, respect, and collaboration.

Thrive as a diverse, inclusive and globally engaged community, preparing students for action and leadership in a complex world.


  • Work toward a campus community that is welcoming and supportive of diversity and inclusion, is free from discrimination and models civil dialogue on social issues.
  • Expand immersive study away and international engagement opportunities that prepare students to be changemakers and leaders in national and global communities.
  • Enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff.

Join Our Community of Learners!

We welcome your expertise and enable your professional growth! The College has maintained its commitment to academic excellence; a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, value and service; a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation; and a caring environment with small classes for over a century and a half.

A Great Place to Work
North Central College was named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education five times in six years. The College was most recently recognized in two categories: Teaching Environment and Tenure Clarity and Process. We’re honored by the recognition. We’ve always known North Central is a special place and we look forward to getting to know you.

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Our Location
Our Naperville location offers unparalleled professional opportunities for spouses and partners; great schools in a family-friendly community; options for urban, suburban and rural lifestyles; and access to the social and cultural opportunities of the nation’s third-largest metropolitan area. We’re just three blocks from an express train to Chicago and near an expressway leading both to the city and a network of Chicago suburban communities.

Our Community
You’ll feel at home here. Faculty and staff connect with their North Central colleagues at weekly informal campus gatherings. Employees receive free or discounted admission to many music, theatre and speaking events. Family members are included in campus life as well. You’re all invited to attend events like the President’s barbecue, Homecoming, the holiday open house, Cornerstone Day picnic and athletic competitions.

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