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Academic Success

At North Central University, we’re committed to supporting the success of all students in all areas by providing holistic, integrated, on-campus student services.

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What is Academic Success?

We come alongside students in victories and struggles so you can build skills, resiliency, and connect to resources. College is academically rigorous, and we all need support and guidance to reach our potential. Our services are geared toward connecting you with support to grow as a vibrant and academically confident student, overcome obstacles, and achieve your academic goals.

Academic Success services

  • Academic support

    More than just good grades

    North Central offers a variety of academic support services geared toward helping students have a positive academic experience, get the help that they need, and also, get good grades.

    Academic coaching

    Academic Coaching helps students reach their education potential. This service enhances structure and accountability while providing new study strategies, better organization and time management skills, and general moral support.

    Students meet with coaches weekly on a one-to-one basis setting goals for the week and semester while developing the skills to achieve those goals in the most efficient manner.

    • Study & test-taking skills
    • Time & stress management
    • Accountability
    • Problem solving
    • Planning
    • Test preparation
    • Organizing papers
    • Learning styles

    North Central students can also become academic coaches for their peers! With a 4-6 week training program, excellent academic skills, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher, students can take on this great leadership opportunity. If interested, students should contact Academic Success .


    The Academic Success tutoring program received national certification through the College Learning & Reading Association [CLRA] in 2007. The service is comprised entirely of volunteers who have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher during their academic careers at North Central. These tutors are available at various times to assist you in a wide variety of subjects.

    If you would like assistance with your particular coursework, please contact Academic Success for available tutors and times.


    We are committed to helping students achieve academic success and have created a collection of tools and idea sheets to help those who seek a better approach to learning. The collection includes tips for study skills and strategies, taking better notes, helpful hints for all types of exams, and information on how study skills are affected by learning and personality styles.

    These resources are available to students in person by visiting Academic Success, and on Skyline.

    Writing support

    All writers benefit from sharing their work with a reader, and a writing consultation allows you to do just that. Students are welcome to set up a writing consultation with Academic Success to get help with the following components of their writing process:

    • Assistance in overcoming writer’s block
    • Writing consultation and paper feedback
    • Formatting assistance
    • Crafting and layout
    • Developing a thesis
    • Revising a paper
  • Career services

    Helping you succeed after graduation

    Career Services aims to inform and support all students and alumni in their career development as they identify and pursue their career and calling.

    Career Services staff provides information, resources, planning, and counseling during each career development stage:

    • Exploring Self
    • Exploring Careers
    • Evaluating Career Paths
    • Experimenting through Experiential Learning
    • Embarking in a Career

    Students and alumni are also invited to make use of CareerWire, North Central’s job posting site.

    Career services also offers the following:
    • Career and life calling advising
    • Resume assistance
    • Interview preparation
    • Workshops
    Want to hire a North Central student?

    Contact the Student Development if you would like more information about posting your position to CareerWire.

  • Counseling services

    Providing the support you need

    Brief counseling (4-8 sessions) is available for free to all traditional students currently attending North Central University. The Student Development office realizes that setting up an appointment in a close community can seem like an invasion of one’s privacy. Students can be assured that all services received through the Student Development office will be kept in strict confidence.

    NCU is launching a new Skyline portal powered by Salesforce. The launch will permit students to submit counseling requests through their Skyline portal account.

    Counseling requests can only be submitted through your Skyline account. The Student Counseling Center will re-open on Wednesday, August 30th. You will be able to submit a counseling request once Salesforce launches on Monday, August 21st.

    How to request Counseling Services:

    1.  Log into your Salesforce account using your NCU ID.
    2. You will see a navigation bar. Select Student Requests, and then select Counseling Request.
    3.  Fill out and submit the Counseling Services Request Form.

    If you have any issues with submitting a counseling request, please send an email to

    Common reasons to seek counseling services:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Eating Problems
    • Relationship Conflicts
    • Childhood Abuse
    • Grief
    • Spiritual Struggles
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Addiction

    We also provide referrals to therapist off-campus as well. If you anticipate wanting longer term counseling, please reach out to, and we will meet with you to aid in this process. We have relationships with several therapists around the Twin Cities and would be delighted to offer our recommendations and assistance.

  • Academic Accessibility services

    North Central University is committed to providing optimal educational opportunities for all students, including those enrolled or admitted who have disabilities and qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

    It is our goal at North Central to assist students in maximizing their independence and self-advocacy skills to the fullest extent possible within the standards of the university.  It is important that students with disabilities make them known to the Student Success Center early in their college career.

    In order to receive reasonable accommodations, students must provide current documentation of their disability and its impact in an academic setting from an appropriately licensed professional.

    Examples of accommodations include the following:
    • Alternative testing
    • Note taking assistance
    • Advanced class registration
    • Books in alternative format
    • Class relocation

    Tips for preparing for your time at North Central

    1. Embrace the importance of college and take responsibility for preparing.
    2. Put together a transition plan at an IEP meeting, or independently.
    3. Understand and walk through admissions steps.
    4. Make sure that your documentation and testing is current.
    5. Visit the college that you plan to attend at least once.
    6. Self disclose your disability early in order to get the resources that you need.
    7. Understand and embrace the importance of self-advocacy and communication.

    Preparing for college

    If you are an admitted or current student with a grievance to file, please search for Internal Grievance Procedure on Skyline.

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    To request academic or housing-related accommodations, contact

Learn more about Career Services at North Central

Current Students

Current NCU students can find additional resources on Skyline.

Contact Us

Contact us with any questions, if you need assistance, or if you’d like to set up an appointment.