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University Partnership: North Central College
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City Year is proud to partner with North Central College, a private liberal arts and science college located outside of Chicago in Naperville, IL, offering 50% tuition scholarships.


U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review and others routinely rank North Central College as one of America’s best colleges. Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in five areas. North Central is committed to academic excellence; a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service; a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation; and a caring environment with small classes.

In 2017, North Central College acquired Shimer College and created The Shimer Great Books School. The Shimer community is built upon a pedagogical commitment to common inquiry and open dialogue among individuals who are unintimidated by controversy and enthralled by fresh perspectives. Through this unique college program, you will find an education that frees you to see the world differently in a place that is vibrant with life.

Benefits offered by North Central College

Scholarship Amount  Minimum 50% off tuition
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually  All admitted
Application Fee Waiver  There is no fee to apply
Enrollment Deferral  One-year deferral 

Eligibility and Additional Information

  • Minimum 50% Tuition Scholarship. The award will be equal to 50% of tuition for all admitted City Year corps, alumni and staff members per year.
  • Scholarships applicable to undergraduate programs and renewable for up to 4 years.
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • A one-year deferral for students admitted to the program who decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting with North Central College.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of their application.

To Apply

  • Click here for application details and to apply online

To Identify and Verify Your City Year Affiliation

  • To be considered for the City Year National Service Scholarship, please contact the admissions office at: or 630-637-5800  and reference our partnership.

  • City Year verification: To be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "North Central College: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.

To Contact the Admissions Office

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.