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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.

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Admission Requirements

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 Applicant Instructions

In addition to general application instructions, here are special instructions if you are applying as a freshman.

Should I apply as a freshman?

You are a freshman applicant if:

  • you currently attend high school, or
  • you have graduated from high school and have never attended a college, university or trade school, or
  • you have passed the GED and have never attended a college, university or trade school.

What paperwork do I need to get in order?

Here is what you will need and how you can get it:

  • High school transcript  → Contact your high school and have them send your transcript to Northeastern’s Admissions Office.
  • Official ACT or SAT score reports → Scores can be requested through www.act.org or sent from your high school counselor.
  • If did not graduate from high school, send your GED. → To order a copy of your GED score report, go to http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/locate-a-testing-center.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide immigration documents and other required documentation in the International Application Instructions, unless your status is not identified.

Freshmen Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Northeastern one of the following needs to be true:

  • Admission is based on an applicant's Admission Decision Score. This score is calculated as follows:
    (ACT Composite) (10) + (CUM GPA) (200) = ADS

    Applicants with an admission decision score of 649 or higher meet full admission requirements. Applicants with an Admission Decision Score between 550 and 648 meet admission requirements and are eligible for admission through our Student Success Programs.

    OR

  • Passed the GED (meets above requirements).

In addition, you need to have studied in high school:

  • Four years of language arts
  • Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which must be English
  • Three years of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content
  • Two years of science
  • Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government
  • One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education

These are the minimum requirements for graduating from high school.

Admission through Student Success Programs

Student Success Programs at Northeastern will assist students with a successful academic and social transition to the University by providing programs and services that create a sense of belonging, encourage student engagement and the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, support the identification of a clear academic and career path, and enhance student success. 
 

Transfer Applicant Instructions

In addition to general application information, there are special instructions if you are applying as a transfer student.

Should I apply as a transfer student?

You are a transfer applicant if: you attended any college, university or trade school after graduating from high school.

What paperwork do I need to get in order?

Here is what you will need and how you can get it:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities or trade schools attended. → Contact your high school and have them send your transcript to the Admissions Office.
  • If you have less than 24 earned semester hours, please submit your official high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores (if you are younger than 21 years old).
  • If you attended school outside of the U.S., please submit an Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES) course-by-course or subject analysis evaluation.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide immigration documents and other required documentation, unless your status is not identified.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to Northeastern you must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for all college, university or trade school coursework attempted, and also you must be in good academic standing at the last school attended.

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