A variety of services and organizations are available for all North Central College students, both graduate and undergraduate alike. These include, but are not limited to Campus Ministry, Multicultural Affairs, Writing Center and the Community Service Center. A complete listing may be found in the North Central College Student Handbook.
The mission of North Central College library services is to provide resources and services to meet the College community’s information needs and to assist members of that community in developing skills for lifelong learning. To teach patrons how to access information, the library offers orientations, workshops and course specific instruction sessions.
In addition to books, periodicals, media and reference resources housed in Oesterle Library, the library’s web page (https://library.noctrl.edu) offers access to many online databases, streaming media platforms and online reference sources. Members of the College community may also borrow materials from 89 other academic libraries in Illinois through the I-Share service.
The North Central College Archives seeks to identify, preserve and make available the permanent records of the College and provide students with opportunities to use primary documents in their research. Housed in Oesterle Library, , the Archives are open to the public. Three additional collections include the Shimer College Archives, the Suburban Studies Archives and the Harris W. Fawell Congressional Papers.
The Office of Career Development Center assists students with academic, personal, and professional goals. Students have access to a robust job/internship board, online tools, recruiting events, preparation workshops and individual appointments to support career development goals.
Center for Global Education
North Central College has a firm commitment to ensuring that the College community develops knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences in both domestic and international settings. For students, an education at North Central includes many opportunities to add a global dimension to their degree program such as selecting a globally oriented major or minor; studying one of six foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish); joining an internationally focused student organization; involvement in the international living and learning community or another signature international program; or participating in an education abroad program. These opportunities support North Central’s goal to graduate students who are curious and engaged leaders and global citizens.
The Center for Global Education (CGE) houses four distinct areas – International Admissions and Recruitment, The English Language Institute, International Student Services and Engagement, and Education Abroad – each strategically focused on the important international efforts and priorities of the College. The CGE Executive Director provides leadership and vision for the College’s international efforts through the students we serve and the important work we do through the Center for Global Education.
With the exception of health professions programs, students receive academic advising through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Adjustments can be made to the schedule as needed or desired by the student in order to facilitate steady progress toward completion of the master’s degree.
Center for Student Success
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Student Disability Services provides accommodations to students with verified physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities, as well as chronic health conditions. The goal of these services is to provide equal access and support to allow students to pursue their educational goals and participate in the activities of the College. Services include determining eligibility, coordinating accommodation requests, and consulting and coordinating with faculty and other college/community services. Reasonable accommodations are determined by individual need.
Students must self-identify to the disability services office and complete the process of requesting/registering for accommodations before they are eligible for accommodations. While a student may request accommodations at any time, it is recommended that they do so as early in their academic career as possible as accommodations are not retroactive. Students should contact the Coordinator of Student Disability Services for further information.
The Writing Center offers thoughtful support for writing, reading and critical thinking across all classes. The Writing Center is here to work with you on any aspect of your writing, from grappling with assignments and jotting down ideas to initial drafting and revising.
The Writing Center is for all levels of writers as Writing Center Associates (successful student-writers sharing their expertise) also work with a wide range of disciplines across the College. The primary commitment is to help students become a better writer and thinker.
Center for Social Impact
Housed in the Leadership, Ethics & Values Program, the Center for Social Impact provides opportunities for students to grow as leaders as they explore, experience and influence the causes they care about most. Through five “Pathways to Social Impact” (Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, Advocacy, Service and Scholarship) students can find academic and co-curricular offerings, student organizations, major campus events, funding opportunities and mentorship that will prepare them to enter any community and career with a deep commitment to the common good and skills to lead change.
Graduate students are invited to gain leadership skills through student groups including Design for America (designing solutions with community partners), Break Away (alternative break immersion trips) and the Blue Key Leadership Honor Society (leadership and service). Students as well as the wider community benefit from events such as the annual Changemaker Challenge (a social venture pitch competition), workshops, conferences, and more. Through the Change Fund, students who want to take their social impact ideas to the next level can apply for funds for the purpose of exploration, project implementation or to support the launch of a social enterprise or non-profit organization.