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How do I apply to ECC?

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You can apply to ECC by following four simple steps:

  1. Fill out and submit an online application that can be found at www.elgin.edu/apply. Once your application has been entered within 24 hours you will receive emails from the admissions office that contain your ID#.
  2. 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.
  3. Attend the online New Student Orientation and meet with an academic advisor to plan your classes.
  4. Register for classes and make payment arrangements by the due date for the semester. Visit http://www.elgin.edu/payment for all your options.
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I attend another college. I only want to take a summer class at ECC. What do I need to do?

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  • In order for a student that attends another college or university to take classes at ECC over the summer they need to:
    1. Meet with the advisor at your home college to determine the proper ECC course that will transfer back to your home school.
    2. Apply for admission. 
    3. 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.
    4. 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 admissions@elgin.edu.
    5. 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 accessecc@elgin.edu at least two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the summer term in order to remain enrolled in the course.
    6. Complete the Prerequisite Approval form found at: https://elgin.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-students/summer-transfer-students/.  Click on the link in item #5. Return information is on the form. 
    7. A Technical Enrollment Facilitator will contact you when the prerequisite waiver has been processed.
    8. Register for classes and make payment arrangements by the due date. Visit http://elgin.edu/payment
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How can I submit my transcripts, ACT/SAT scores?

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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 Thursday. 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 admissions@elgin.edu.
Your high school can electronically submit your official transcripts to ECC on your behalf.

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What is my next step after applying to ECC?

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.
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How do I complete New Student Orientation?

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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 admissions@elgin.edu or 847-214-7390.

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What placement tests do I need to take and how can I take them?

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.

More on other types of tests for students interested in healthcare programs or career certifications can be found at http://elgin.edu/testing.

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I’m graduating from high school. How do I register for classes?

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New students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session. In order to be signed up for an orientation date the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete an application for admission
  2. Satisfy placement requirements in the following ways:
    1. 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. www.elgin.edu/evaluation
    2. Submit SAT, ACT, CLEP and AP scores, if applicable.
    3. Complete placement testing.
  3. Attend an online New Student Orientation where you will learn about the student portal, meet with an academic advisor, and plan your classses.
  4. Register for classes and set up a payment plan. Visit http://elgin.edu/payment for all your options.
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I finished my New Student Online Orientation but when I try to register for classes it says that I didn't. Why is that?

The New Student Orientation (NSO) at ECC consists of 3 parts:

  1. 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.
  2. Scheduling a meeting with an academic advisor.
  3. 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.

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I'm a returning/transfer student. Do I still need to take a New Student Orientation online?

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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. 

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How do I search for open Summer 2021 classes at Elgin Community College?

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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.

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My child wants to take a class at ECC during their high school academic year. What do I need to do?

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  1. 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.
  2. Students interested in enrolling must complete the following steps:
    • ​Read the Dual Enrollment information on our website for complete details.
      • Contact the Admissions Specialist (847-214-7222) to discuss the process for Secondary and Home-School Student Admission.
      • Complete and submit the following documentation prior to the meeting:
        • Permission for Secondary or Home School Admission Form.
        • Apply for Admission to Elgin Community College
        • 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.
          1. Reading: ACT Reading score of 18 or PSAT/SAT Verbal 530
          2. Writing: ACT English score of 20 or PSAT/SAT English 530
          3. 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, contact the 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 http://elgin.edu/payment for payment options 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.
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What is the deadline for applying for admission?

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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
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What topics will the New Student Orientation cover?

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During the online orientation, students are introduced to the following topics:

  • Academic Pathways, placement tests, and expectations to be a successful student.
  • Information about Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Essential online tools.
  • Campus resources.
  • Scheduling an academic advising appointment 
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Can I be scheduled for orientation now and take the placement tests later?

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No, in order to be signed up for an orientation session a student needs to complete all the prior steps for admissions.

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How do I apply as a new international student at ECC?

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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.

Prospective Students
internationaladmissions@elgin.edu

Current Students
international@elgin.edu

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Why haven't I received a link to complete New Student Online Orientation, after I completed my application?

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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 admissions@elgin.edu.
 
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Where do I find the application for ECC?

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Applying is easy, and there’s no deadline or fee. We’re here to help every step of the way. 

Visit our Apply page for details.

Some of our programs have extra admission requirements, find out about these requirements below.

While we process the application, you can learn about our placement testing options online at http://elgin.edu/testing

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What programs does ECC offer?

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Visit our website to learn more about the wide range of programs ECC offers. Additionally, you can contact one of our Recruitment Coordinators for an appointment for more information or sign up for a virtual admissions or health professions presentation at http://elgin.edu/visitecc

Luis Alarcon
847-214-7689
 
Shirley Bell
847-214-7939
 
Jerrmiah Wright
847-214-7294
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Do I have to complete an ECC application for admission to register for a Continuing Education class?

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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.
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