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I am a commuter student and a language major (small language, not Spanish or French) in my senior year. As such, this description is largely based on that. I transferred mid-sophomore year and will graduate on time.|
My department is among the smallest, yet we have an amazing, internationally recognized professor and we typically have the highest percentage of symposium, NCUR, and honors participants. Our professor finds ways to challenge us in a variety of mediums: watching films, making films, speeches every day, recording speeches outside of class, writing extensive research papers, quizzes, and philosophical discussions inside and outside of class. Plus drawings and skits.
I entered foreign language at the senior level at a state university as a freshman. With THAT university: the distance would have been acceptable if student parking existed, the health services were crap, and the campus became unsafe. I transferred here because of a significant health situation but found that the health department actually cares, the parking is decent for being in a somewhat outdated road system, and the professors are willing to challenge you if you are willing to challenge yourself. They will also become agitated if you have potential and do not live up to it.
I do music activities and cultural activities and have never had issues finding nice friends, but I've been at the senior level since I got here so the people I meet in my department are those who want to be there and have to work every day on their own to retain their skills because language atrophies so quickly. I never really got close with students who had time to dabble before getting serious and I didn't care to party. I was also never "popular" and couldn't care less about athletics. I got involved
with music because I like it and they're always short on my instrument.
I noticed some clique-ish behavior but didn't care. I'm in college to learn, not socialize. I do have many friends here, some close, some not, but I found people were generally polite, especially when campus freezes over and tripping is rampant. The students who gave me problems were/are just trying to get through class and don't care, especially the clowns, who will openly admit to not caring and probably aren't capable of contributing to anything.
The people who work in the registrar's office are typically really nice...except I get the feeling they make nasty comments in the back without realizing everyone can hear. Watch your finances like a hawk. They will make mistakes, but the state school was far worse.
I also studied abroad twice and it was fantastic.
Go here if:
You want to make your own way
You are independent
You are determined to do independent research
You want to write A LOT (liberal arts school)
You want to have time to take classes outside your major that interest
you (liberal arts school)
You want professors who care and have office hours
Don't go here if:
You don't like to write
You want to party
You're a follower
You want most of your schedule set in stone from the get-go
You won't go outside the box/WAY above and beyond what exists here
True, I am not challenged, but here you'll get one on one attention because the classes are small enough instead of having a huge lecture hall and four tests with no time for real, personal interaction/participation.
Remember, this is a liberal arts college: you WILL take courses far from your major and purposefully have a lot of time to do so. You WILL write a lot. If writing is not your strong suit and you don't want it to be, then DO NOT go here. This place isn't for everyone. The language I take is small wherever you go and does not leave much room for slackers. I don't do athletics and have no problems whatsoever socializing, even though I'm not very social. This is REALLY a school that gives you EXACTLY what you get out of it: put forth an extreme amount of effort and you will be rewarded. Put forth just what's required and you'll have a mediocre experience and graduate with a piece of paper that says you went here for x years and were a generic student who wished they were elsewhere/suffered from inflated grades. Students who just want the grades will get them. This school separates the REAL academics from the merely average. Anyone can graduate but those who go above and beyond will stand apart from the rest.
|Dec 09 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| North Central college is filled with employees that are very rude to their employers. My sister currently works there and we both went to school there and they are treating her like crap and trying to get her fired and not even give her unemployment because of one little mistake she made at her job. Do not go here and give them any of your money or support them in any way! |
| Starting Job: 1st grade teacher, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: F |
|Oct 07 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| North Central College is great. If you are a conservative, white individual that lives within 30 miles of the campus, refuses to give up high school sports, doesn't want to venture far from what is comfortable, doesn't like being academically challenged, and desires to enter the workforce as a PE teacher or athletic trainer. |
Campus- Naperville is a great upscale suburb to raise a family in. It is clearly not a college town.
Student Body- While you have a few examples of students that are truly talented at everything, the large majority are here to play a sport and earn a sports-related degree. People rave about NCC's powerhouse sports program; and perhaps for division 3, it's good. Unfortunately, they can't fill a stadium on homecoming, and most athletes are reliving their high school glory days as they quietly accept their inability to play division 1.
Academics- The classes are pretty hard, unless you know your alphabet and can count to 100. Truly, if you are intelligent, look for a school with a more rigorous academic program. I am currently earning two majors and three minors, and I'm bored.
Social Life- No greek life. Over half of the school commutes. Three social groups: Theater, Athletes, Weird kids. I hope you like going to two room house parties packed with 100 students, while getting the cops called on you by local residents.
Professors- The one perk with NCC is the faculty. They are well educated, highly qualified, and super accessible. It is great that they get to know students by first name, and they genuinely enjoy teaching. Unfortunately, NCC has elected to make professors among the lowest paid on campus--a testament to the culture of the school. In summation and in all seriousness, this school is not an environment for someone that values academics. After being a four year varsity athlete in high school, I decided it was time to grow up and get ready for the rest of my life in college. North Central is not a school that will challenge a student to learn, grow, and achieve. My unfortunate experience at this school is not a result of my lack of going out of my way to develop a holistic college experience. Many people say that those who dislike NCC simply didn't try to turn it into something great. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and the low retention rate exemplifies this. However, possessing a brain, desiring to achieve, and wanting to have a normal college experience is absolutely my fault.
|Aug 10 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |