Success Programs

First-year students greatly increase their chances of academic success when they enroll in one of Northeastern Illinois University’s Success Programs. Once you are admitted to Northeastern, we will work with you to determine which program is the best fit for you. Northeastern offers three success programs on the Main Campus—plus individual programs at the El Centro and Carruthers Center locations.

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Proyecto Pa’Lante

Started in 1972, Proyecto Pa’lante was established as an educational outreach program to promote college access for the Latino community, providing academic support services on campus. It currently provides a holistic approach to enhance student learning, intercultural competencies, and leadership development with a continued focus on Latinx culture and bilingual and bicultural support.

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Project Success

Established in 1968 as an educational access and equity program, the main focus is to recruit and retain African American students. Today, Project Success remains dedicated to access and equity for African American students, but also serves students of all races, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds by providing support services that help students build a strong academic and social foundation.

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The Wentworth Scholars

The Wentworth Scholars Program assists with the academic and social transition to the University by providing programs and services that foster a sense of belonging, the development of academic and social skills, and the identification of a clear academic and career path. The program is named after Daniel S. Wentworth, the first principal of the Cook County Normal School, founded in 1867, which later became Northeastern Illinois University.

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El Centro Scholars

(Offered only at the El Centro location in the Avondale neighborhood)

Based at our El Centro location, El Centro Scholars 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. If you want to be close to home but still experience a four-year institution located in the Avondale neighborhood, El Centro is a great option for you.

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Carruthers Center Scholars

(Offered only at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in the Bronzeville neighborhood)

The Carruthers Center, located in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood, takes pride in being an African-centered institution that provides educational opportunities within a culturally comfortable and easily accessible setting. The freshman cohort at Carruthers provides a supportive structure to ensure your successful transition to college. If you want something that is closer to home but still want to be part of a four-year institution, CCICS is a great option.

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Project Success helps so many students change their frame of mind from, ‘Oh, I could never do this, I would never be able to do this’ to ‘Oh, I got this! That’s what I’m going to be in the future.' It just builds our confidence and builds who we are as people.”