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Location: Naperville, Illinois
Website: http://www.northcentralcollege.edu


North Central College is a private, 4-year comprehensive liberal arts college located in Naperville, Illinois. Founded in 1861, it is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. At its core, it is a liberal-arts institution with a nearly 150-year tradition of education. Today, however, it is a comprehensive college offering 58 undergraduate majors leading to a bachelor's degree, as well as master's degrees in business administration, computer science, education, leadership studies, liberal studies and management information systems. The academic calendar of North Central College is trimester-based, consisting of three 10-week terms. Recently North Central College was named one of the Colleges of Distinction, a list of schools emphasizing student engagement, strong teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes. North Central has consistently been recognized as a leader in liberal arts studies. In the 2007, 2008, and 2009 editions of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, North Central College is ranked on the list of America's "Top Midwest Master's Schools," as well as "America's Best Colleges." NCC is also one of Kaplan's "320 Most Interesting Colleges." North Central College was founded in 1861 as Plainfield College in Plainfield, Illinois. Classes were first held on November 11 of that year. On February 15, 1864, the Board of Trustees changed the name of the school to North-Western College. The college moved to Naperville in 1870. The name was again changed in 1926 to North Central College.