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North Central College

Naperville, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate68%

Cardinals Admissions

Around 68% of applicants get into North Central College each year. Last year, 4,551 students applied to North Central College and 3,113 were admitted.

If you want to apply to North Central College, the regular decision application deadline is April 15 and the fee for the application is $25.

Students who submit their applications to North Central College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than June 1.

North Central College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of North Central College's admissions stats.

North Central College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist No

North Central College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for North Central College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 4 15 June 1

Applying Early to North Central College?

North Central College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on North Central College Admissions

Transferring to North Central College

For more information on transferring to North Central College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to North Central College

North Central College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into North Central College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at North Central College

What does North Central College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with North Central College for more information on admission factors.

North Central College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to North Central College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with North Central College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into North Central College?

Students admitted to North Central College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 28.7% submitted a class rank. At North Central College 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44% were in the top 25% and 90% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At North Central College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.72%
3.75 and 3.99 18.7%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 17.5%
3.00 and 3.24 12.3%
2.50 and 2.9 5.75%
2.00 and 2.49 1.03%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to North Central College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

North Central College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 43% of North Central College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for North Central College?

To be competitive with other North Central College applicants, you should aim to score between 1035 and 1230 (or higher!) on the SAT. At North Central College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1230 and 25% of scored lower than 1035, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of North Central College students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of North Central College students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

To be most competitive at North Central College, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for North Central College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for North Central College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to North Central College

Transfer students can enroll in North Central College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

North Central College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to North Central College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to North Central College.

Does North Central College accept transfer credits?

✅ North Central College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. North Central College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Do I have to submit test scores to North Central College?

❌ No, North Central College is test optional, so you can make the call whether to include your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is North Central College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for North Central College is 68%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at North Central College?

❌ North Central College does not offer early decision.

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Cardinals Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Cardinals is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Cardinals SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1035 - 1230


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

Cardinals GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cardinals, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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