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How to Apply

Apply for admission to North Park University through our convenient online admissions system. If you're ready to get started now, click the apply button below. If this is your first online college application, or if you have questions before you get started, the simple steps below will guide you through creating an account and gathering the items you need to complete your application. Once you’ve started an application, you can return to it at any time, using the same email address and password to log in to submit it or update your contact information.

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You can also request more information about our programs if you're not quite ready to apply.

Important Dates and Recommended Deadlines

North Park accepts applications throughout the year. However, for your best chance at being accepted to North Park and receiving the best financial aid package available you should take note of important dates and recommended deadlines.

1. Determine Your Student Type

Before you begin your application, you should determine what type of undergraduate student you will be. Indicating your correct "student type" will ensure you get all the questions and application fields you need.

  • Most students going to college right after high school will apply as first-year students.
  • If you have taken courses at a two- or four-year school, and have 12 or more semester hours of college credit to transfer to North Park as a traditional undergraduate student, you should apply as a transfer student (see "Special Situations" below for other transfer options for nursing and adult learners).
  • If you are coming to school in the United States on a student visa, you will be an international student—either international first-year, international transfer, or international exchange.
  • If you would just like to take a few courses at North Park, but are not seeking a bachelor's degree, you can register as a non-degree-seeking/visiting applicant.

Some majors—such as nursing, education, athletic training, and music—have specific additional application processes and prerequisites, which you can learn more about as you explore those programs. You will indicate your intended major on your application, no matter what it is, so we can make sure you get all the specific details you may need. All majors require you to first apply and be admitted to North Park before beginning any specific major or program application process.

If you’re not sure which student type is right for you, or have any questions about the choices, contact our Office of Undergraduate Admission and we’ll help you figure it out.

Applicants with Special Situations

2. Create an Account and Start Your Application Online

If you’ve never logged in to North Park’s admission system online, the first thing you’ll do as part of your application is create an account. You’ll answer a few simple questions and supply your contact information. We’ll send you an email with a verification link to make sure we got your email address correct. Check your email and follow the instructions we’ve sent to verify your account, and you’ll be able to log in and start your application.

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3. Complete an Application You’ve Started

If you have already started an application, you can continue or finish it by logging back in. As long as you haven't submitted the application, you can continue to edit or add more information.

If you've submitted your online application, you can also make sure you've submitted all supplemental materials by logging back in.

4. Submit Test Scores and Additional Materials for Your Application

Along with your online application, we will need some more information in order to make an admission decision. You’ll need to submit official high school and/or college transcripts, standardized test scores, and at least two references (one academic, one personal). Additional instructions for submitting each of these items will be explained in the online application.

North Park's Test Score Codes:

  • ACT: 1098
  • SAT: 1556
  • TOEFL: 1556

You may also be asked to submit additional materials or complete a personal interview; your admissions counselor will talk with you about these items as they come up during your application process. Please note that any items submitted in support of your application become the property of North Park University and are not returned to you.

Test Scores and Minimum Standards

Students who enroll at North Park represent a wide range of backgrounds and have attended high schools or colleges all over the country and the world. No matter where you’re from, it’s important to make sure you’re ready for the academic rigor of college coursework. Review our admissions standards.

5. File Your FAFSA

An important part of any college application process is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Starting January 1, 2015, you can submit a FAFSA for the 2015–2016 academic year. We recommend Illinois residents file no later than February 1 to ensure eligibility for the Illinois Map Grant. North Park's FAFSA code is 001735.

To slim down the paperwork, North Park uses your FAFSA results to determine what University grants or loans you may be eligible for; there is no additional financial aid application form. Learn more about financial aid at North Park.

6. Accept Your Offer of Admission

North Park uses a rolling admission policy, which means we make admission decisions based on the completion of each individual application (including supplemental materials). After your application file is complete, you can expect an admission decision within two weeks.

After you receive your acceptance letter and email, your next step is to confirm your intent to enroll at North Park University. You’ll receive a second email that includes your North Park ID and instructions for setting up your University network account and email address. This is an important step and must be done before you can confirm your place by making your tuition deposit of $200.

Setting up your account and making your tuition deposit will also ensure that you receive important information on financial aid, housing, and registering for your first semester as early as you are eligible. Financial aid packages are typically sent in March; first-year registration begins in mid-April.

If you know you want to attend North Park, we strongly encourage you to pay your tuition deposit as early as you can, and definitely before May 1. If you are a spring semester student, you have until December 15. After this date, the deposit is no longer refundable.