Break barriers at NEIU.

Overcome any obstacle that stands in your way. 



At El Centro, you have the freedom to be yourself and live your hopes and dreams.

Located in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, El Centro is deeply connected with Chicago’s history and culture. Our technology- and science-focused facility is the creative laboratory in which students are encouraged to express ideas that will shape the future.




Experience the world inside and outside of the classroom. 

Northeastern Illinois University offers dozens of majors that will inspire you in new and unexpected ways. At El Centro, you can take general education courses or complete your bachelor’s degree in:

  • • Computer Science
  • • Justice Studies
  • • Social Work
  • • Special Education


Our students are provided with educational experiences and programs that reach out into the community to foster student engagement and opportunity. By building each other up, we knock down barriers.






“I am grateful for my experience in El Centro’s cohort program. It has helped me make new friends, and the support I have received from advisors and staff has made transitioning to college a lot easier.”

Jeanette Delgado

student in El Centro's cohort program



Why Northeastern?

Diverse Community

With a student population spanning over 100 countries, Northeastern is federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” publication ranks Northeastern as the most diverse regional public university in the Midwest.

Competitive Value

Our tuition is among the most affordable in the Chicago area. Among Midwest regional universities, our students graduate with the least amount of debt, and we are Illinois’ top regional public university for social mobility—or moving graduates up the socioeconomic ladder—according to U.S. News & World Report.

Convenient Location

El Centro is situated in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood just off the Kennedy Expressway and steps from the CTA’s Belmont Blue Line station. El Centro students can take advantage of small class sizes for personalized attention, and convenient day, evening and weekend class schedules.