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The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) is a campus of Northeastern Illinois University, located at 700 East Oakwood Boulevard, in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

CCICS houses the Department of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies (EICS) Inner City Studies Education program, an academic program within the College of Education. Through its interdisciplinary curricula, Inner City Studies Education examines the major social, political, economic, and cultural forces that impact inner city communities in Chicago, in the United States, and throughout the world. The program is committed to training and retraining persons who desire to live and/or work in the inner city. CCICS also offers a wide range of classes in the arts and sciences drawn from the university's General Education Program.

The EICS Inner City Studies Education Program offers the following degree options:

The Center also offers courses necessary to complete the university's General Education requirements.

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies is also an academic success program at Northeastern available to students who demonstrate academic potential but do not meet the general admission requirements.

Admissions Requirements

CCICS 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. Please refer to the Admissions section on How to Apply for complete details.

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.

To apply, you must submit an application and fee, along with all documents and materials identified in the Freshman Applicants portion of the Northeastern admission application. 

Transfers

You are eligible for admissions 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 freshmen 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.

To apply, you must submit an application and fee, along with all documents and materials identified in the Transfer Applicants portion of the Northeastern admission application.

Future Students

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