El Centro is one of Northeastern Illinois University’s locations. It is a focal point for the Latino community and provides educational opportunities within a culturally comfortable and easily accessible setting. El Centro offers the general education program of the University to students who are interested in taking classes primarily during the evening hours and/or weekends, and beginning the fall of 2014 semester we will offer additional morning classes.

The staff at El Centro assists prospective students and their families with the admission and financial aid processes to get started on their academic journey at Northeastern. Beginning the fall of 2014, El Centro will offer undergraduate courses leading to bachelor’s degrees in computer science, justice studies, social work and special education. Additionally, El Centro provides comprehensive academic support and co-curricular programs for students, such as our signature mentoring program, GUIAS (Guidance, Inspiration and Academic Support). El Centro serves nontraditional, part-time and returning adult student populations as well as traditional first-year and transfer students.

In collaboration with community-based organizations, El Centro serves the community through outreach programs in the areas of citizenship, education, health, housing and technology. Additionally, non-credit workshops in English as a Second Language (ESL) are offered for community members at no cost. The El Centro Community Education Program seeks to improve the lives of people living in the Avondale, Hermosa and Logan Square communities and surrounding Chicago neighborhoods. El Centro is poised to continue to provide access and educational opportunities to diverse communities in the Chicago area and serve as a resource and a bridge for students and community members to develop their human capital, nurture self-esteem, and prepare for the professions in the multicultural world of the 21st century.

In keeping with Northeastern Illinois University’s mission, El Centro provides a quality education at an affordable price.