El Centro is one of Northeastern Illinois University’s locations. It is a focal point for the Latinx 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, in addition to the following majors: Special Education, Computer Science, Justice Studies and Social Work.

The caring and supportive staff at El Centro assist prospective students and their families to understand the admissions and financial aid processes to help them get started on their academic journey at Northeastern. El Centro provides comprehensive academic support and co-curricular programs for students. The El Centro Scholars Program offers freshman students a holistic college experience by creating a campus culture that enhances student learning, academic success, and leadership development through its cohort system. El Centro embraces students from all backgrounds and lived experiences - traditional and transfer students alike.

In collaboration with community-based organizations, El Centro serves the community through outreach programs in the areas of citizenship, education, health, housing, and technology. The El Centro Community Education Program seeks to improve the lives of communities living in the Chicago area. El Centro is poised to continue to provide access and educational opportunities to diverse communities 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.