May 19, 2024  
ARCHIVED 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

A variety of services and organizations are available for all North Central College students, both graduate and undergraduate alike. These include, but are not limited to Campus Ministry, Multicultural Affairs, Writing Center and the Community Service Center. A complete listing may be found in the North Central College Student Handbook.

Library Services

The mission of North Central College library services is to provide resources and services to meet the College community’s information needs and to assist members of that community in developing skills for lifelong learning. To teach patrons how to access information, the library offers orientations, workshops and course specific instruction sessions.

In addition to books, periodicals, instructional media and reference resources housed in Oesterle Library, the library’s web page ( offers access to online databases, the online catalog and online reference sources. Members of the College community may also borrow materials from more than 91 other academic libraries in Illinois, either in person, online or through Oesterle Library’s inter-library loan service.

The North Central College Archives seeks to identify, preserve and make available the permanent records of the College and provide students with opportunities to use primary documents in their research. Housed in Oesterle Library, the Archives are open to the public. Two additional collections include the Suburban Studies Archives and the Harris W. Fawell Congressional Papers.

Career Development

The Office of Career Development Center assists students with academic, personal, and professional goals. Students have access to a robust job/internship board, online tools, recruiting events, preparation workshops and individual appointments to support career development goals.

Center for Global Education

North Central College has made a firm commitment to ensuring that the College community develops knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences in both domestic and international settings. For students, an education at this institution includes a global dimension gained through proficiency-based language learning, course work, internships, person-to-person contacts, study abroad, travel and exchange programs.

The Center for Global Education provides vision and guidance for developing and implementing international programs. The director oversees international developments in academic programs (including study abroad and domestic programs), student affairs, faculty development, campus events and grant writing.

Academic Advising

With the exception of health professions programs, students receive academic advising through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Adjustments can be made to the schedule as needed or desired by the student in order to facilitate steady progress toward completion of the master’s degree.

Center for Student Success

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities 

Student Disability Services provides accommodations to students with verified physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities, as well as chronic health conditions. The goal of these services is to provide equal access and support to allow students to pursue their educational goals and participate in the activities of the College. Services include determining eligibility, coordinating accommodation requests, and consulting and coordinating with faculty and other college/community services.

Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, relocation of classes to accessible locations, access to alternate format textbooks, sign language interpreters, note taking assistance, testing accommodations and other reasonable accommodations determined by individual need.

Students must self-identify to the disability services office and complete the process of requesting/registering for accommodations before they are eligible for accommodations. While a student may request accommodations at any time, it is recommended that they do so as early in their academic career as possible as accommodations are not retroactive. Students should contact the Director of Student Disability Services for further information.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers thoughtful support for writing, reading and critical thinking across all classes. The Writing Center is open afternoons and evenings throughout the fall, winter and spring terms to work with you on any aspect of your writing, from grappling with assignments and jotting down ideas, to initial drafting and revising.

The Writing Center is for all levels of writers as Writing Center Associates (successful student-writers sharing their expertise) also work with a wide range of students from across the College who are looking for a careful critique of their writing. The primary commitment is to help students become a better writer and thinker. Results vary depending on the needs of the student.

Center for Social Impact

The Center for Social Impact provides opportunities for students to explore, experience and influence the issues and causes they care about most. Through five “Pathways to Social Impact” (Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, Advocacy, Service and Scholarship) students can find academic and co-curricular offerings, student organizations, major campus events, funding opportunities and mentorship that will prepare them to enter any community and career with a deep commitment to the common good and skills to lead change. The campus and community benefit from events such as the annual Change-maker Challenge (a social pitch competition), TEDxNorthCentralCollege (a showcase of innovative ideas from students and alumni), Intersection (a community-wide day of service) and more. Students who want to take their social impact ideas to the next level can apply and compete for funds for the purpose of exploration, project implementation or to support the launch of a social enterprise or non-profit organization.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship inspires and equips students with an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset, as well as the resources and support to make ideas come to life. The Center hosts successful local and national leaders and innovators, and offers field experiences to immerse students in the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Chicagoland area. Students can find staff, faculty, alumni and community mentors to help incubate, launch and accelerate ideas for a new product, service, or venture, and access campus co-working space to work alongside other founders. Conferences, workshops, a speaker series, networking and mentoring all provide the context for students and community members alike to start and grow their projects, businesses, and organizations