El Centro looks forward to receiving applications from students who are eager to begin their academic career in one of the top state universities in the Chicago area.
Choose Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
El Centro is the perfect urban setting where students gain the competencies to become global citizens. El Centro offers the general education program of the University, and undergraduate courses leading to bachelor’s degrees. El Centro serves nontraditional, part-time and returning adult student populations as well as traditional first-year and transfer students.
In 2012, Northeastern Illinois University was ranked 6th in the United States for "Best Investment" in Newsweek’s annual "College Rankings". Also listed in the top 10 were Stanford University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Northeastern Illinois University is the only university in Illinois to carry this distinction. More than 78 percent of Northeastern’s full-time students receive financial aid, and only 13 percent of graduates incur debt.
We invite you to apply to become part of our family.
El Centro observes the general admissions criteria of the University for freshman and transfer students. Students that do not meet the general admissions criteria, but who demonstrate academic potential, may be considered for alternative admission to Northeastern.
Freshmen: You are eligible for admission if you have graduated or will graduate from high school and rank in the upper half of your graduating class.
If you are not in the upper half of your graduating class, you must have a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT or a minimum combined score of 890 for Verbal and Mathematics on the SAT to qualify for admission.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you can be considered for admission upon successful completion of the GED. The ACT or SAT is also required if you are under 21 years of age.
Transfers: You are eligible for admission if you have earned a cumulative “C” average for all college work attempted and are in “good standing” at the last college attended on a full-time basis.
If you have earned less than thirty semester hours of college credit, you must also meet the freshman admissions requirements.
Students graduating with an approved Illinois Community College Board model A.A. or A.S. degree will be granted junior standing and will have fulfilled Northeastern’s general education requirements.
Application and Credentials Deadlines
for Degree Seeking Students
Fall - July 1
Spring - November 1
Summer I- April 1
Summer II - May 1