Jul 17, 2024  
ARCHIVED 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

This is North Central

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.


North Central College was founded in 1861 by the Evangelical Association, a forerunner of the United Methodist Church. Until 1870 the College was located in Plainfield, IL, and was originally known as Plainfield College. The name of the College was changed to North-Western College in 1865 and to North Central College in 1926. The College’s founders expressed the advanced thought for that day that “Christian commitment and intellectual attainments are compatible,” and from the beginning the College was non-sectarian in its hiring and admission practices. This pioneering concept—along with the commitment to the inclusiveness and diversity of the United Methodist Church—is part of the heritage of North Central and continues to add depth and meaning to its programs.

Degrees awarded

North Central College offers graduate degrees that complement and enhance the College’s distinctive educational mission and liberal arts heritage by providing opportunities for advanced scholarly work and professional development. Please see the Graduate Programs  page for a complete list of current degree, certificate and endorsement programs.

Accreditation and Affiliation

North Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which can be reached at 230 S. LaSalle St, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411, by calling 312.263.0456, or via the internet at http://www.hlcommision.org.

The College is also accredited by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. It maintains membership in the American Council on Education, the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, the Associated Colleges of Illinois and The New American Colleges & Universities (as a founding member).

To review the accreditation status of specialized programs, please see the individual department page for details. 

Compliance with Legal Requirements

North Central College does not discriminate in its admission policy, programs or activities on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, disability, veteran status or unfavorable discharge from military service. Nor does the College discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, disability, veteran status or unfavorable discharge from military service in its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs or hiring practices and programs. In addition to meeting fully its obligations of non-discrimination under federal and state laws, North Central College is committed to maintaining a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and mutual respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, regardless of difference in economic status, ethnic background, political views or other personal characteristics and beliefs.

The College is also committed to providing all of its students, faculty, staff and visitors with access to its programs, events and facilities. To this end, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the College has made and continues to make modifications to its facilities and programs so as to provide access for individuals with disabilities. Inquiries, requests for modifications beyond those already completed, appeals regarding assistance to accommodate individual needs or complaints regarding compliance with these federal regulations should be directed to the vice president for finance, the vice president for enrollment management and athletics or the vice president for student affairs.

Statistics related to the Student Right to Know and Campus Crime and Security Act are published annually in the Student Handbook and are available in the Office of Student Affairs.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

North Central College complies with all of the rules and regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Copies of the policy are available in the Office of the Registrar, and the policy is also published in the Student Handbook.

The College designates the following categories of student information as public or “directory” information: name; address (local and home); telephone numbers; email address; date and place of birth; class; major; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; physical factors (height and weight of athletes); photographs/video for College and other publications; the most previous educational institution attended; dates of enrollment; degrees and awards conferred, including dates; and current course load.

The above information may be disclosed by North Central College for any purpose at its discretion. Currently enrolled students can withhold disclosure of the information classified as “directory” information by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing on or before August 15 each year. Requests for non-disclosure are in effect until the student notifies the Office of the Registrar in writing to remove the restriction.

Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Records Retention Policy

The Office of the Registrar maintains the physical academic records of admitted applicants, matriculated students and graduates for a maximum of 5 years after the later of application, non-attendance or graduation. This includes but is not limited to application and related correspondence, high school and college transcripts, general petitions and other related documentation.

The applicant, student or graduate’s academic record at the College is maintained permanently in an electronic format. This includes but is not limited to application information, courses enrolled and withdrawn, grades and credits earned, courses, grades and GPA accepted in transfer and applied to a degree awarded, degrees, certificates and honors awarded.

The official academic record is available to the student in the form of an official transcript. The official transcript is a term-by-term display of courses enrolled and withdrawn with grades, credits and GPA points earned, with the term and cumulative GPA, degrees, certificates and honors awarded. An official transcript may be ordered online for a fee, provided the student has no outstanding debt or documents owed to the college.