North Park University in Chicago

Chicago, IL

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North Park University offers 189-degree programs and 15 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 55%. The most popular test is SAT - 15% of students submitted it in comparison to 88% of students who submitted ACT. 34.7% are women, and 65.3% are men. 4% percents of international students. North Park University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at North Park University is 17752$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $27700 and $36360 per year. 55% of full-time North Park University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $42,500, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The North Park University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, North Park University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,777
$30,001 - $48,000$14,767
$48,001 - $75,000$16,762
$75,001 - $110,000$18,695

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4560

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1963 of North Park University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 89 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes North Park University number 46 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

Students at North Park University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in North Park University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


North Park University graduation rate is above the national average.

55% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to North Park University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

11 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

North Park University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 68%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 13%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so North Park University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 11%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The North Park University full-time retention rate is 75% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking North Park University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1360 - 1740

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 450 - 580
Math: 460 - 590
Writing: 450 - 570

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking North Park University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 24

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 19 - 25
Math: 18 - 24
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at North Park University is 11:1, that means that for every 11 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In North Park University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at North Park University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Illinois.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 3225 W . Foster Avenue address in Chicago, Illinois.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of North Park University with 0.47% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

North Park University offers 189 programs in total: 141 are for Bachelor's degree, 36 - for Master's degree, and 9 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 134 universities in Cook county. North Park University is one of the few institutions in Cook that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 15 distance education programs that are provided in the North Park University: 12 are for Master's degree and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.


North Park University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1987 students with 59624 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 596 with 14310 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for North Park University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Great musical

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

North Park University has been a wonderful place to earn my master's degree! Professors have been challenging and supportive, the campus is beautiful and conveniently located just a few miles from my home, and advanced 7-week courses was just what I needed to complete my degree quickly. I love this place!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Small class size. Local commute. Easy to navigate campus. Good academic reputation. Grants and scholarships made it affordable. Had an excellent education in certain areas, in others, less so. Enjoyed classes and friends. Many good memories. The reverential "Learn of me" statue of Jesus. Knew it had a church affiliation. Was not prepared for its oppressive policies. Toxic provincialism as forced chapel. Conversations, not just with missionary kids, underscored an insular viewpoint grounded in (social) justice and faith. Urban Chicago as target for change. An emphasis on non-profit programs and business, its two remaining National Honor societies, made sense. Parochial attitudes bordered on intolerance of difference. Yielded separation between on and off campus, church versus Other. Protective conformity not individuality. Showed itself in unexpected ways. It was there with some instructors. Global evangelism permeated, contaminated school philosophies; linchpin for its all consuming drive to raise ever more funds. You will get out of North Park what you put into it, but you have to put in a great deal. Nothing easy here. Global perspectives. Not critical thinking. Multicultural diversity. Products not people. Prepare for a Christian life of significance and service, here. If you are so inclined.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This school is an absolute joke. If I were to describe it in 3 words they would be; thieving, uncoordinated, and unprofessional. After attending for 4 years and still not being able to finish because of multiple reasons, I needed to write a review so others dont make the same mistake going to this absolutely overpriced "university". one reason for example would be being locked out of your account and not being able to choose classes up until all the classes you needed to take were filled up without a possibility of joining them. Throughout this time you're running around from building to building trying to figure out why you're locked out and to your suprise NONE of the staff, in multiple departments, can answer. Then surprisingly 3 weeks later your account is unlocked but the classes you need to take aren't offered next semester so you have to wait a year to take the class. Suprise! Another reason is the fact that they try to over charge you at literally ANY point they can, i constantly checked how much I owed and a few times the school tried charging me over $1,000 extra out of the blue, anyone going here please calculate how much you're being charged and how much you should actually be paying. Lastly, even though there are many more reasons, is how sadly uncoordinated the school is. Communication? Yeah I dont think so. You can as 3 staff from the same department and they will all tell you different things and it's pretty much on you to figure out yourself which one is correct. Again I absolutely do not reccomend this school to anyone, unless you want to waste your time, money, and honestly your well-being going here. Again this school, not worth calling a university, is a joke.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

North Park University is a pleasant place. It is a small, community-based school where relationships are important. It is incredibly easy to make relationships with students and faculty alike. Faculty is accommodating and cares greatly for the academic experience of their students. The University is expanding and renovating the campus to accommodate more students as well. The University is Christian but it requires no statement of faith. It is non-intrusive for those who are not religious, and allows those who have a strong faith to celebrate and fortify said faith. I recommend this campus for anyone who wants a kind, community- based atmosphere in the large and limitless city of Chicago. It is the best of both worlds: the intimate nature of a small university with the options of a vast city.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 3225 W Foster Ave


Religious affiliation: Evangelical Covenant Church of America

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +7732446200

Institution is active in current year: 1

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