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Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus (NCSC) is a private college located in the suburbs of Bridgeview, Illinois. This institution of higher education was founded in 1902 by J.F. Fish to offer adults a system of education that was compatible with the direction the city was headed in.


Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus offers two-year degrees and other certificate programs, diplomas and certifications. This institution of higher learning is focused on providing degrees in areas that are flourishing in the current marketplace and are projected to continue to flourish. NCSC stands on the basic principle promoted by its’ founder: to meet the needs of students who are career-oriented. The classes offered are purposely kept small to promote academic success and to foster stable professional and student relationships.

Certificate programs are offered in paralegal studies, massage therapy and in coding. Degrees are offered in several fields of study including the medical field, business administration and criminal justice.

At Northwestern, there are several ways students may receive credit towards their degree. There is the traditional way of attending and passing classes, and there are also a variety of examinations that are available. Students can receive course credit from life experience through written examination. There are also other examinations available that may provide eligible students with credit towards their degree or certifications. These credits may shorten a student’s time in academic pursuit without jeopardizing their education. The examinations are proficiency-based and advanced status examination.

The Credit by Examination, also known as the CBE, is one exam offered for obtaining credits. There is a fee associated with taking the CBE, which is usually a percentage of the tuition. If the student takes the test and passes, the test fee will be paid and the balance of the cost of the student’s college education will be adjusted. If a student takes the test and fails, the student is not charged the fee and he or she may continue in their traditional courses.

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Unique Programs

Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus offers special programs for their students which includes career placement for a lifetime. NCSC assists all students in finding employment after their first quarter if the student expresses an interest. The office of career development offers job fairs, resume writing workshops, mock interviews and on campus recruiting, just to name a few.

Northwestern College – SC believes in giving back to the community as the college offers special presentations for high schools based on education, empowerment, and leadership.

Corporations and small businesses can also benefit from what NCSC has to offer. NCSC continues to pave the way as a leader in business by providing workshops, courses, and seminars to enhance employee productivity and company goals throughout the state of Illinois.


Once the first call is made to Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus, the prospective student is assigned an admissions representative. The admissions representative makes the process of admission as easy as possible. The representative will assist the student in making sure all required material is received by the school, on time, to increase the student’s possibility of admittance. The student may apply online or in person.

The admissions representative is equipped to assist students who are not sure what they would like to study. Students are assessed for their talents, strengths and interests to help determine what area of study would be a good fit for them. There are a few requirements to be admitted to Northwestern University – Southwestern Campus. The student must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency diploma, pass a placement exam, and participate in an interview conducted by college personnel.

Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus accepts transfer students. A transfer student will be accepted provided the student is transferring from an accredited college or university. The student must have at least a C average and the courses taken must meet the standards of coursework offered at Northwestern. Northwestern has established scholarships specifically for transfer students.

Financial Aid

Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus recommends all students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college also recognizes that the financial aid process can be a bit overwhelming, which is why financial aid advisors are readily available to assist prospective and returning students. Financial aid advisors will assist students in getting all required documents into the financial aid department by the due date. The financial aid advisor will also provide any information on scholarships or grants that may be available to assist with financing a student’s education. Students have the option of engaging the assistance of a financial aid advisor or completing the aid application process on their own.


NCSC is dedicated to helping students meet their maximum potential by providing a quality based education and giving as much support as needed. Students at Northwestern College offer their students several benefits. The college provides day, evening and online classes, tutoring assistance, mentoring and free career guidance for all graduates from the college.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

There are many attractions and historical sites to visit in the community of Northwestern College – Southwestern Campus. The college is located only 13 miles from the Chicago Loop, a thriving metropolis in the heart of the city and the historical center of downtown Chicago.The loop houses the office of the state’s governor and other government officials and serves as a historical outside museum to many of its tourists.

The area known as the financial district is an attraction that tourists visit because of its many historic and cultural attractions. The district consists of outdoor sculptures, including works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. The Goodman Theatre, Civic Opera House, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra are just some of the historical landmarks located in the loop of Chicago.

In the downtown area of Chicago is a beautiful lakefront area known as Grant Park. Grant Park hosts free symphony concerts for the enjoyment of the community.Chicago is known for its famous skyline with some of the tallest buildings in the United States located there. The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is recognized as the tallest building in the world. This infamous city is also home to the Chicago Theater on State Street. With the college located close by, students are able to enjoy a number of activities Bridgeview and Chicago have to offer.


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 17 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 6 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 60 0.36
Larceny 396 2.40
Vehicle theft 32 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bridgeview, IL 60455
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population16,138 (16,138 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,917 (2.66 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,917
Families4,023 (3.30 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Private For-profit
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2247th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $16,020 $16,020 $16,020
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $270 $270 $270
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $445 $445 $445
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,790 $17,790 $17,790
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $33,422 $33,422 $33,422
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,244 $25,244 $25,244

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $16,215(N/C) $16,215(N/C) $16,215(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,178(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,454(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,454(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 476 (95 male / 381 female)
Admitted 441 (86 male / 355 female)
Admission rate 93%
First-time Enrollment 199 (42 male / 157 female)
FT Enrollment 123 (33 male / 90 female)
PT Enrollment 76 (9 male / 67 female)
Total Enrollment756

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty N/A
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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