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What to Support

There are many decisions to consider when creating your estate plan — the various Ways to Give, and How to Give — but one of the most important questions is What to Support. In other words, what programs, services and missions are important to YOU and your family? Your passion for North Central College runs deep, either from your experience as a student, or through a parent, daughter, son or other relative — or as a Shimerian or a Naperville neighbor who believes in the North Central experience. We appreciate the sense of gratitude many of our North Central Family holds for the College, and thank you for considering how you want to make a difference to a student, program, team or another facet of our amazing college. Through a gift from your estate, you could support the greatest needs of the College through an unrestricted gift, establish a scholarship, support a special space on campus, give a student an international experience, or provide resources for one of our many student organizations. We offer you many options, and welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your goals and big dreams for North Central.

Greatest Need

Estate giving is an opportunity for you to plan now to allow North Central to have financial resources years and decades into the future. These gifts would be used to address needs that may be unanticipated, or allow North Central to Dream Bigger.

Undergraduate & Graduate Education

Just as no two college students are exactly alike, there is no one way to shape your estate gift. Learn how you can support undergraduate and graduate education – including student scholarships, faculty, academic programs and co-curricular experiences. Through a series of engaging, inspiring and vigorous courses, our students embrace the ideology that they will make an impact within their chosen field. From beginning their studies at the undergraduate level, to earning advanced degrees, our graduates become leaders and influencers in their chosen fields, and are ready to enter or accelerate their careers at an advanced level.

Shimer Great Books School

In 2017 President Hammond noted that acquiring Shimer College "adds a distinctive and differentiating academic offering to the North Central campus and provides a location where the Shimer model of education can flourish." The Shimer Great Books School continues the traditions of pursuing wisdom, finding guidance and gaining perspective.

College Chaplaincy and Office of Faith in Action

The importance of the College's Chaplaincy efforts cannot be overstated. The Chaplaincy and Office of Faith in Action are designed to reach ALL students and members of the campus community, regardless of their faith tradition.

Endowed Scholarships, Chairs & Funds

Endowed Scholarships and Faculty Chairs rest at the heart of what we're all about: student success. Financial support makes it possible to welcome dedicated and inspired scholars to North Central College, regardless of their ability to pay. Currently, 98 percent of North Central students receive scholarships or grants from the College. Endowed chairs - also known as faculty chairs - are crucial to attracting and retaining these remarkable mentors. Generous alumni, friends and other benefactors of the College fund these chairs.


Our students are encouraged to challenge themselves every day, to impact tomorrow. Through 22 sports and 30 national championships, intramural sports, cheerleading, dance and band, North Central has a long history of inspiring students to exceed their personal best. By supporting every student athlete, every coach, and every program, you support countless of students who are team players, and champions.

Student Life, Centers & SO much more

Becoming an informed citizen leader is core to North Central's mission. We all remember experiencing a great deal of our college education outside of the classroom — from volunteering to tutoring, club activities and caring for others, Student Life grounds our students and inspires them to be their best. Through North Central's various Centers and Institutes, students have the opportunity to learn from noted faculty and experts on the importance of global learning, understanding financial decisions, and embracing their health, wellness and spiritual nature.


North Central is blessed with a beautiful campus that is home to world-class facilities, an athletic complex that hosts talented students, and residence and dining halls that provide everything in between. We're even a certified Arboretum. From the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, to Oesterle Library, residence halls and athletic facilities, classrooms, our Koten Chapel and several fine arts venues, we provide our students and the wider Cardinal community with an amazing array of spaces.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to North Central College or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney as you consider making a bequest to us.

If you have included a bequest for North Central College in your estate plan, please contact us to let us know. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift as part of the Cornerstone Society.

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