Some of the most valuable educational experiences are those spontaneous conversations that arise between students and professors at locations outside of the classroom, such as the Boilerhouse, Old Main Plaza or off campus. The "verandah" has come to describe a place, but also an informal space for free exchange of ideas and creative pursuit of activities.
Each year North Central College faculty exercise their imaginations by creating Verandah Experiences that are intellectually and personally stimulating for both students and faculty. Verandah courses may offer academic credit, without traditional exams, papers or course evaluations. They may not meet in a classroom-a verandah course might be in a neighboring community, city, state or country.