North Central College Now Among Top 10 of “America’s Best Colleges” in Midwest

U. S. News & World Report also ranked North Central College at No. 8 in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” Midwest category. This is the 24th consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central among America’s Best Colleges.

“North Central College has dramatically stepped forward as a vibrant, visible destination with first-class facilities for every program,” said Dr. Troy D. Hammond, president of the College. “We’re advancing our academic programs and drawing students and faculty from the Midwest and beyond to a campus that’s filled with activity and opportunity.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are the latest in a series of accolades for North Central. Forbes, The Princeton Review and Money Magazine have also named the College among their lists of the best in higher education.

The College also has received numerous acknowledgements for its sustainability efforts. North Central’s solar photovoltaic panels and energy storage system on its Residence Hall/Recreation Center is the second largest roof-mounted array of all four-year, private, liberal arts colleges with less than 5,000 students, according to AASHE Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database. The College also is one of only two institutions in Illinois to join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge.

North Central is based in Naperville, a city ranked second among “Best Suburbs to Live in Illinois” from Niche.com. The town also earned a “AAA” bond rating by both Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Moody’s Investor Services.

In a “State of the College” address prior to the 2017-2018 academic term, Hammond noted the institution’s record enrollment status and other “remarkable news” for the College.

“Our admission numbers are outstanding. Very few schools like us can report that their incoming class is at record levels,” said Hammond. The number of Presidential Scholars and ACT scores increased, along with the number of international students and U.S. veterans enrolled at the College.

Significant highlights include:


  • Dedication of the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, a premier state-of-the-art facility equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software and sustainable technology. The dedication will take place Oct. 20 during the College’s…

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