How to Apply
North Park University’s Application
If you have questions about how to apply before you get started, the steps below will guide you through creating an account and gathering the items needed 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.
North Park is also a member of the Common Application. Students do not need to submit more than one application to be considered for admission at North Park. For those students interested in using the Common App, please access below.
Dates and Recommended Deadlines
North Park accepts applications throughout the year. For your best chance at being accepted to North Park and receiving the best financial aid package available, take note of these important dates and recommended deadlines.
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.
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.
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.
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, one academic reference, and a personal essay. Additional instructions for submitting each of these items will be explained in the online application.
Prospective students applying for a start term of Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, will not be required to submit test scores for admission. Students who have already tested and wish to submit their scores may do so, and submitting test scores can only help, not hurt, your chance of admission. For more details see our full admission standards.
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. If you are submitting hard copies of any application materials, please mail them to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
North Park University
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 19
Chicago IL 60625
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.
An important part of any college application process is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Starting October 1, 2016, you can submit a FAFSA for the 2017–2018 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.
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.
After 125 years, we’ve learned how to streamline the process of helping qualified applicants seek admission to North Park and find affordable ways to attend. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on our website, please contact us directly.
If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please contact the Admissions office.