North Park University’s history and heritage reach back to a Minneapolis church basement in 1891, where classes in language and business gave Swedish immigrants the skills needed to prosper in America. With an offer of land in Chicago, the school moved to the North Park neighborhood which was then just beyond the city limits. Old Main, the first building on campus, was completed in 1894. Its cupola became a landmark for pilots to locate Orchard Field (now O’Hare International Airport). The cupola was the tallest point on the city’s north side. At various points in its history, North Park was an academy, a junior college, and a four-year liberal arts college. We became a university, with a theological seminary, in 1997.
Now, North Park is Chicago’s city-centered Christian University. It serves nearly 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and the world.
The Center for Student Engagement encompasses a variety of offices, resources, and experiences available to you and your parents to support and encourage you in your transition to college life and throughout your time at North Park.
The Office of Campus Security works to provide a safe and stable learning environment for North Park’s students and employees. Building on years of public and private experience, Campus Security works with departments across the University to maintain the day-to-day security, as well as looks for ways to enhance safety measures within North Park and in the surrounding community.
Our librarians are committed to supporting student success and the development of information literacy skills. We offer customized instruction that focuses on strengthening students’ ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information.
When you arrive at North Park the Information Technology department will provide you with the latest in technological resources. IT offers you support on the campus network, computer difficulties, program tutorial training, and a variety of other topics.
Campus life offers priceless opportunities for living, serving, studying, and playing together with other students your age.You’ll find yourself in eye-opening discussions with neighbors from around the world, late-night group project sessions, and last-minute ice cream runs.You’ll be surrounded by a supportive community, including classmates, resident advisers, staff, and faculty.
Home to North Park athletes of all kinds—casual, club, intramural, and intercollegiate—Helwig Recreation Center offers 68,000 square feet of sports equipment and facilities, along with wellness and fitness programs.
Institutional accreditation at North Park University is provided by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which is responsible for ensuring accrediting bodies and institutions uphold and meet the establish standards of quality.