North Central College is a private liberal arts college located in historic Naperville, Illinois, United States. The institution originally began in Plainfield, Illinois as Plainfield College. The college moved to Naperville in 1870 and the name changed to its current name in 1926. North Central has received numerous recognitions throughout the years.
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. In the 2007 through 2011 editions of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, North Central College is ranked in the top 20 "Regional Universities (Midwest)," as well as among "America's Best Colleges." U.S. News says North Central is No. 6 among "Best College: Undergraduate Teaching at Regional Universities (Midwest)." North Central also is one of Kaplan's "320 Most Interesting Colleges."