El Centro is one of Northeastern’s four locations in the Chicago area. Founded in the 1960s, it has evolved into a comprehensive center serving our students and the community. El Centro offers an array of academic course offerings, recruitment and admission programs, academic support and co-curricular programs for students, and outreach initiatives for the neighboring community.

Access to Opportunity

Northeastern is aware of the growing needs of our students and the community. During the last few years, the University has worked to unveil a new milestone for El Centro – a new location!

This new facility expands our academic and community programming. The modern facility includes:

  • technology-enhanced classrooms
  • state-of-the-art laboratories
  • inviting student lounge and study spaces
  • a computer lab
  • Library Resource Center
  • comfortable meeting rooms and gathering spaces
  • faculty and staff offices an outdoor, third-floor terrace

Empowerment Through Learning

At El Centro, students can take classes during the day, evening and weekend. In addition to the general education program, students can work on obtaining their bachelor's degree on any of the following majors through a flexible schedule.

Computer Science

Justice Studies

Social Work

Special Education


El Centro serves the community through instruction and outreach programs. English as a Second Language and computer literacy workshops are offered to the community as well as seminars on education, health, housing and technology.

In collaboration with community-based organizations, El Centro seeks to improve the lives of Latinos living in the Avondale, Hermosa, Humboldt Park and Logan square communities, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Community Day

Saturday, June 6 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
3390 N. Avondale Avenue in Chicago

El Centro's annual health fair tradition continues at our new location! Along with information tables, free health screenings and services, we have added cultural events that celebrate the diversity of our community. We are ready to answer your questions about admission to Northeastern and help you through the application process. Join us!

El Centro’s Community Education Program

El Centro

Contact El Centro

T (773) 442-4080

F (773) 442- 4085


Contact El Centro

Back to Top