You can apply to ECC by following four simple steps:
Fill out and submit an online application. Once your application has been entered within 24 hours you will receive emails from the admissions office that contain your ID#.
Submit your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores to the Admissions Office. If you have attended another college or university, please submit your official transcripts and a request to have them evaluated if you plan to transfer the credits to ECC.
Attend the online New Student Orientation and meet with an academic advisor to plan your classes.
Register for classes and make payment arrangements by the due date for the semester. Visit Payment Options for details.
Not ready to apply? Register to attend an upcoming in-person or virtual admission presentation to learn about our academic programs and services and talk with our recruitment coordinators.
Check the course to determine what prerequisites, if any, are required for the course in which you are planning to enroll. Note: Course prerequisites must be satisfied prior to registration.
Send an official or unofficial transcript from high school, current or previous college/university to satisfy any prerequisites. Official transcripts can be sent electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information on the Transcript Evaluation web page.
If you are currently enrolled at another college for a class that is a prerequisite for the ECC course you want to take, include a copy of a current class schedule. A grade report or updated transcript confirming successful completion must be submitted to email@example.com at least two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the summer term in order to remain enrolled in the course.
You can submit your transcripts and ACT/SAT scores electronically or in person.
To submit your transcripts in person, bring them to the Admissions office in Building B, room B110, any time between 8 am and 5 pm from Monday through Friday. We are closed on Fridays in the summer. If you submit a hard copy of your official transcript, make sure that it is in a sealed envelop addressed to ECC. Otherwise, all other transcripts will be accepted as unofficial. If you would like to submit your transcripts and ACT/SAT scores electronically, you can do that by saving them as .pdf files and emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your high school can electronically submit your official transcripts to ECC on your behalf. Transferring to ECC from another college? We’re committed to giving you credit for as much of your prior coursework as possible. Please review the Transfer Credit Evaluation information on our website before using the Transcript Evaluation Request Form.
Once you submit your application to ECC, it would take us 24-48 hours to process it. After your application is processed, you will receive a welcoming email with your student ID number. You will need this number to view your username and set up your AccessECC student portal account and email. You will be asked to submit your transcripts, ACT/SAT scores for an evaluation. Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you might be asked to take placement tests. Once you finished your placement tests, you will go through an Online Orientation, after which you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your study plan and finally register for classes.
Learn how to submit your transcripts after applying to ECC
Submit your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores to the Admissions Office. You do not have to have a high school diploma to apply regardless of age. We also accept electronic transcripts through eScripsafe. Please allow 2 weeks for processing. Notification that your evaluation results are available will be sent to your student.elgin.edu email address. Please keep in mind that it is the student’s responsibility to request official transcripts for all colleges, universities, or the military and contact records at email@example.com or 847-214-7386 to confirm all transcripts have been received prior to requesting the evaluation.
Choose a program you intend to pursue to find out how to submit your transcripts
Whether you need to take placement tests or not, as well as what type of tests you need to take, will depend on your program, classes that you intend to take, your transcripts, GPA, and SAT/ACT scores. At ECC students can take Math, Reading, and Writing placement tests. ECC also offers English Language placement tests for those students who want to take English as a Second Language classes (ESL). All tests can be taken online at home, but ECC also provides limited on-campus testing. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-214-7150. Placement testing is available remotely and on campus by appointment. If you'd like to make an appointment for a placement test, please use our online form to schedule using RegisterBlast.
More on other types of tests for students interested in healthcare programs or career certifications can be found on the Testing Services website.
Once you have submitted any testing requirements for your program of study you will be elgible to complete our online new student orientation. You will be sent a link to the email you provided when you applied. If you no longer have the email, log in to your AccessECC Student portal, select a Student tab, and in the ECC Apps section click on New Student Online Orientation. On the new page click on "Start Your Online Orientation" button. If you receive an error message, contact admissions at email@example.com or 847-214-7390.
Satisfy placement requirements in the following ways:
Submit high school transcripts. If you have attended another college or university, please submit your official transcripts and a request to have them evaluated if you plan to transfer the credits to ECC. Visit Transfer Credit Evaluation for details.
Submit SAT, ACT, CLEP and AP scores, if applicable.
Complete placement testing.
Attend an online New Student Orientation where you will learn about the student portal, meet with an academic advisor, and plan your classes.
Register for classes and set up a payment plan. Visit Payment Options for details.
The main goal of the New Student Orientation (NSO) is to introduce students to the campus and the variety of services that ECC has to offer. As ECC continually improves its services and students' experience, we kindly ask our returning and transfer students, who haven't taken New Student Orientation (NSO) in the past two years, to do it again. The online New Student Orientation is designed to be completed at your convenience.
The New Student Orientation (NSO) at ECC consists of 3 parts:
Watching an online orientation, at the end of which you will take a quiz and will be prompted to schedule a meeting with an academic advisor.
Scheduling a meeting with an academic advisor.
Talking to an advisor, either in person or over the phone.
If you have not finished all of the above-mentioned steps, your NSO in the system will be marked as "Incomplete".
If you are certain that you went through the entire orientation and finished every step but you are still unable to register, contact AccessECC help desk at 847-214-7570 or via email AccessECC@elgin.edu.
Discuss your child’s interest in attending ECC with their high school counselor prior to beginning the application process as their approval is required. Secondary and home-schooled students will be limited to registering for a maximum of six (6) credit hours per semester (fall and spring) and three (3) credit hours in the summer semester.
Students interested in enrolling must complete the following steps:
Placement testing – To be eligible for Secondary/Home School Student Admission, students must demonstrate ability to be successful in college courses through ACT or PSAT or SAT scores or the college’s placement tests. Placements tests are offered in writing, reading and mathematics. Students will only take the mathematics placement test if they plan to enroll in courses with a math prerequisite. Students whose placement test results indicate remedial course placement (those courses numbered under 100) will not be allowed to enroll in credit classes.
Students may be waived from placement testing if they have met the following minimum requirements. To receive a waiver, students must submit their ACT/PSAT/SAT score report information to the ECC Admissions Office B110.
Reading: ACT Reading score of 18 or PSAT/SAT Verbal 530
Writing: ACT English score of 20 or PSAT/SAT English 530
Math: ACT Math score of 23 or PSAT/SAT Math 570
Submit a transcript of high school course work or list of curricular completions for home schooled students.
Meet with an Admissions Coordinator. The student and at least one parent/guardian must attend this meeting. Completed documentation outlined above must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the meeting for review. To arrange an appointment, call an Admissions Specialist at 847-214-7222.
Registration – The student may enroll in a maximum of 6 credits per fall and spring semester, and 3 credits in the summer while in high school. The student will register for courses once all criteria is met and if space is available in the course(s). No late registrations are allowed.
Registration may take place during the open registration period for the semester requested once all the above requirements have been met by the student and as long as space is available.
Once the student has enrolled, that student is responsible for making payments by the published payment deadline. Visit Payment Options for details and due dates.
Dual Enrollment students will meet with their academic advisor each semester in order to continue enrollment until they graduate from high school.
There is no deadline to apply to ECC, however, in order to get the best choice of classes,apply at least a semester before you intend to enroll. You may be admitted to the college as late as the first week of classes, but availability of classes will be limited.
ECC offers a wide variety of classes to meet your learning and scheduling requirements. All of these courses have online components. Some also include labs, studios, and clinical requirements offered in blended face-to-face and online formats (Hybrid). Schedule programs with a clinical component into available slots at the assigned clinical site(s) around your schedule. Search for online classes using our Student Portal (no log-in required).
To view a description of all the courses offered, including the estimated cost per course, please use our most current catalog.
It usually takes 24 hours after you completed all the necessary requirements to receive a link to the New Student Online Orientation. If after 24 hrs you still haven't received it, please contact the Admissions Office at 847-214-7385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To begin a new international student application at Elgin Community College, start a new profile using your personal email address. Your login information will be emailed to you. Once you have logged in, select "F-1 International Student Admissions" from the program list, and then select "International Student Application for Admission." Complete the online application on our International Students Website. See our International partners around the world for help in your home country to apply for admission to ECC.
For assistance or to schedule a virtual appointment, please email the Center for International Education and Programs.
No, continuing education students do not have to complete an application for admission or acquire transcripts. Our students submit all required information during the continuing education registration process. You can see the class schedules on the Continuing Education website.