Why Do Students Come To NCU?
There are many reasons why people choose to go to certain universities and schools. Growing up, often times parents are the ones who choose a primary and sometimes secondary school. But once high school begins, depending on the area, the student sometimes gets the option to choose a different school. College is completely different though because going to college is an option unlike grade school
Several current NCU students answered some questions about why they chose North Central University and why they decided to pursue college instead of just finding a different job that does not require a further degree.
Why Did You Choose NCU?
Several people chose North Central because it was a faith-based university, while others have chosen North Central for different reasons.
Lada Xiong stated, “I actually did not want to come to college. But the Lord had put on my heart to come to NCU. I did a visit day, and the chapel was what won my heart. I remember it being so full and so unified. I fell in love with the spiritual aspect of NCU. I always wanted a college that really emphasizes that.” Several people who come to North Central fall in love with the school because of the chapel.
Jamie Stratton stated, “I chose to come to NCU because I wanted to be closer to my family. (I am originally from Chicago and Southeastern is in Florida) Every semester at Southeastern I thought of transferring so after my 3rd semester I finally did. My sister goes to NCU so that made the transition easier for me but even if I didn’t have a sister here, I am so glad I chose to transfer. Right when I got here, I felt so welcomed and immediately like I was part of the community. And ever since, I have always had professors and mentors reminding me that I am right where I am supposed to be.”
Many people don’t always know people before coming but when they do, it sometimes makes the transition a bit easier because they already have some friends before coming in. NCU is a very community-based school so it’s typically easy to make friends when coming to NCU.
When Did You Decide To Come To NCU?
Many people choose their college early on in either their junior or senior year of high school. Other people choose very last minute, weeks before payment is due for the semester. When asking NCU students this question, Benjamin Vanwyk said, “Before my senior year, I committed to NCU because I knew I wanted to come here and I was told I was given an opportunity to be on the soccer team.”
Many people chose to come to NCU because they are committed to sports. Another student who chose to come to NCU because of sports was Sydney Harmon. She stated, “I decided to attend in October of my senior year of high school. The reason for this was because that was when I was offered a roster spot on the softball team. I was offered other softball scholarships from other schools, but NCU has the community I wanted along with more opportunities for me in a big city.”
NCU is a DIII school that offers several opportunities for those who want to join sports. NCU recruits several people for the upcoming school year ahead of time but if not, NCU still gives students the opportunity to join the athletics program.
Who Influenced You To Come To NCU?
Many people get influenced to choose a college because of siblings, family members, or coaches that get in contact with them to try and recruit them. other times it’s just the school itself and the things that the school has to offer that they fall in love with that influence them to commit to the school.
Harmon said, “The only person who influenced me was the head softball coach at the time. If it was not for him, I would not have even known about this school. My family did try to discourage me because it is so far from Oklahoma, but in the end, they supported my decision.”
Harmon also said, “I decided to attend in October of my senior year of high school. The reason for this was because that was when I was offered a roster spot on the softball team. I was offered other softball scholarships from other schools, but NCU has the community I wanted along with more opportunities for me in a big city.”
Current student Andrea Wollman mentioned that NCU being located in a big city is something that most prospective students notice. Being located in a big city has several benefits to it. For example, NCU offers several opportunities because of where it is located. NCU is in downtown Minneapolis, so there are several places around us where potential job opportunities to open up. There are also several ways for students to get connected in the industry and field they are pursuing because of where the school is located. Another great thing about NCU is that the professors want to get to know their students and they want to help them achieve their end goals. Many professors also have several connections to help connect students with other people that they know.