Naperville’s North Central College Receives High Rankings from U.S. News and Forbes

As residents know, North Central College has been a proud part of our Naperville picture7community and a source of quality higher learning since 1861. 

In 2009,  U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the 16th consecutive year at No. 19 among 146 Midwest colleges and universities and No. 3 among 23 Illinois schools in its category.

In the Forbes rating of 600 of “America’s Best Colleges,” North Central ranks No. 159 in the nation, and seventh out of 23 schools in Illinois. The rankings by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity evaluate the quality of the educational experience and student achievement. 

For those who may not know, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas.  With more than 2,725 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College provides a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.

The campus of North Central College is both historic and beautiful.  If you’ve never taken a walk around the campus, which is just a couple of blocks east of Washington Street in Downtown Naperville, I encourage you to do so.  Take in a concert at the new state-of-the-art Wentz Concert Hall or a North Central football game this Fall. 

Regardless of whether or not you attended North Central College, it is a vital cornerstone of our community and one worth becoming more involved.  I’ve truly enjoyed the interaction I’ve had with key North Central officials over the past couple of years and have even pledged my own support.

To learn more, visit North Central College’s website at www.northcentralcollege.edu . SM

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One response to “Naperville’s North Central College Receives High Rankings from U.S. News and Forbes

  1. It’s good to see some movement to the arts locally. This area seems to almost stifle any form of art and individuality. I was taken back earlier this week to see some of the greatest pastel drawing I’ve witnessed anywhere and was being sold for barely anything at the Naperville Art League. An areas respect for individuality and education will always be witnessed in its support for the arts. Unfortunately, it seems like the area of Naperville is to concerned with impressing the neighbors than perpetuating artistic growth. I’m not saying that the education system here isn’t impressive, but there seems to be more emphasis placed on making more Jones’s to keep up with each other.

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