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Elgin Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree and certificate programs Elgin Community College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College (ECC) is located in the city of Elgin, just northwest of Chicago, IL. With an average class size of under 20 students, this public community college offers programs with both certificates and associate degrees. The school, established in 1949, also has National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DIVISION II varsity athletics. In 1996, it became the first college in Illinois to provide courses online for college credit.


The school has 8 different academic divisions, with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences being the most popular degree sought. ECC offers the following transferable degrees for students interested in pursuing a bachelor's at another institution: Associate in Arts, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Fine Arts-Art, Associate in Fine Arts-Music, Associate in Liberal Studies and Associate in Science. There are also over 90 available vocational certificates in various areas including automotive technology, nursing assistance, food preparation and CAD drafting.

Opportunities exist for students to study abroad in Austria, China, Mexico, Ireland, England or Spain. The Renner Academic Library on campus has over 65,000 books, CDs and videos in its collection. And over 140 courses are available for students to take online as of fall 2012.


ECC admission is available to anyone who has graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D., so students may enroll in many classes if space is available and the students have met minimum competency requirements. These programs may require additional requirements:

• Basic nurse assistant, nursing (criminal background checks and drug tests for all health-related programs)

• Clinical laboratory technology

• Dental assisting

• Emergency medical technology-paramedic

• Truck driving (Department of Transportation physical and drug tests)

• Histotechnology (completion of certain mathematics and biology classes)

• Physical therapist assistant

• Radiography

• Surgical technology

Under some circumstances, prospective students who have not graduated from high school may also be admitted. The student body in 2011 was 35% full-time and 55% female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, full-time tuition (15 credit-hours) costs $3,150 for in-district residents. Per-credit hour charges vary based upon residency. For students who live or work in-district, the base cost is $105 per credit hour. The base cost is waived for senior citizens. Out-of-district state residents have a cost of $361.53 per credit hour. Out-of-state and international residents have a $472.54 per credit hour fee. For Internet-only courses, the cost is $120 for all students who are not in-district. Additional costs may apply for various testing, course materials and laboratory fees.

For $25 a semester, ECC offers a no-interest payment plan if students are unable to pay in full at the beginning of the term. Some scholarships are available based on academic accomplishment and youth leadership (for in-district students who maintain program requirements from 6th grade through high school), as well as for specialized talents or ethnic origin.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 18,758 undergraduates in 2011-2012**
Student Housing All students live off campus*
Programs 1,015 degrees in 19 program categories*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree In 2011:
<1-year certificate: Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician (199)
1-<2-year certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (90)
Associate: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (494)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2007:
12% in 2 years
25% in 3 years
32% in 4 years*
Admission Rate ECC operates under the Open Door Admission Policy of the Illinois Community College Act**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011:
72% (full-time students)
50% (part-time students)*
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students Not required**
Application Due Date May apply any time**
Tuition (Annual) Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-12:
In-district $2,386
In-state $8,074
Out-of-state $10,696*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (32%), state and local grants or scholarships (12%), institutional grants or scholarship (3%), federal student loans (9%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 40%*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Elgin Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123-7193
  • Phone: (847) 214-7385
  • Website: www.elgin.edu

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