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1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123-7193
p. 847-697-1000
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Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College Rating: 3.2/5 (6 votes)

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Elgin Community College, also known as ECC, is a community college located in Elgin, Illinois. It was originally established in 1949 as part of Elgin Area Schools. The Community College District was formed 17 years later in 1966. The school’s comprehensive offerings, convenient locations, first-rate instruction, guaranteed degrees, affordable tuition, small classes and a considerate staff, make it a leading center of higher education.


ECC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. It is recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Community College Board. The institute offers associate degree programs, career/technical programs, honors and advanced degree programs in diverse areas of study such as business, communications & behavioral science, health professions, liberal, visual & performing arts, sustainability, safety & career technology.

The school also offers joint agreements that provide additional educational programs to the residents of each community college district that partakes. Some of the programs include dressmaking, alterations and repair; fashion merchandising option; photographic technology; clinical laboratory technology; diagnostic medical sonography; and supply chain management.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes include instruction in reading, writing, math, and computers with emphasis on enhancing basic skills. These are the pre-college level courses designed for adults who don’t have a high school diploma. The courses are not valid towards any associate’s degree or vocational certificate.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)/General Education Development (GED) ASE classes prepare the students for the General Educational Development (GED) test. To enroll for this program, students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of application and must not be enrolled in any high school. Upon the successful completion of one ABE/ASE class and the GED test, students get free in-district tuition to help them accomplish their educational and career-related objectives.

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Students seeking admission must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application. Applicants must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts. Students are required to take the SAT/ACT tests. There is a simplified application process for students interested in special programs such as General Education Development (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), Beginning ESL or Intermediate ESL, Advanced ESL, and Intensive English.

Getting a transfer to Elgin Community College is easy. Students must send the completed application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a proof of their proficiency in the language by taking the TOEFL, IELTS or CELSA tests.

Financial Aid

The college believes in providing equal educational opportunity to all, and provides financial assistance to the needy and deserving students. Assistance is provided in the form of several financial aid programs such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs. Applicants must submit the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine the amount of aid given.

The grants and scholarships are gifts that do not require any repayment. Some of the grants and scholarships are the federal Pell Grant, federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), IIllinois Monetary Award Program (MAP), Silas Purnell Illinois Incentive for Access Program (IIA), Illinois Veterans Grant Program (IVG), Federal Veterans Education Benefits, The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) Scholarship, ECC Foundation Scholarships, and Illinois National Guard Program (ING).

Loans are the type of financial aid that require repayment. Some of the loans offered are subsidized federal direct Stafford student loans, unsubsidized federal direct Stafford student loans, direct Stafford student loans, and the federal Parent PLUS loan.

Federal work-study programs are available to students that demonstrate financial need. These programs assist students to take up part-time jobs to enable them to pay for college. Institutional work is available to the students who are enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6136th for the average student loan amount.
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Campus Life provides several opportunities for students to get involved, have fun and make friendships that last. The student government organizes several activities and events on the campus. Students can participate in a variety of clubs and organizations on the campus. Some of the popular student clubs are Advocacy for Disabled & Abled Persons Together (ADAPT), Cellar Door: The Creative Writing Club, College Programming Board (CPB), ECC Observer Student Newspaper, Filipino American Student Organization (FASO), Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society (ABG), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and United Students of All Cultures (USAC).

Campus Facilities:

The campus library houses a wide collection of reference materials, magazines, newspapers, journals, and more. It also boasts an assortment of over 65,000 books, CDs, recorded books, videos and DVDs. Students can collaborate with faculty on library research assignments. The library offers online access to thousands of full-text journals and magazines in library subscription databases.

The Visual and Performing Arts Center provides the community with a refreshingly different arts experience. The CenterStage lineup avoids drained re-runs in support of artistically relevant and fresh acts. The Arts Center pairs club amenities such as gourmet dinners and a wine bar, with performances of the highest quality.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. The department offers the opportunity to compete, acquire leadership, develop skills, and teamwork experiences. The student athletes participate in state and national level tournaments in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Spartans.

Additional School Information

A 3,000-square-foot fitness center features high-tech workout equipment for both the hard bodies and couch potatoes. The center features four elliptical machines, five treadmills, two stair-climbing machines, three upright stationary bicycles, a full set of Cybex weight machines, three recumbent stationary bicycles, and a rowing machine.

Spartan Terrace Restaurant is an elegant place where delicious cuisine is prepared and served by the students of the esteemed culinary arts and hospitality program. The Spartan Terrace is an amazing classroom where students get real-world experience under the supervision of their teachers.

Information Summary

Ranks 67th in Illinois and 2102nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 46th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 122 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 78 0.07
Robbery 82 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 555 0.51
Larceny 1,425 1.31
Vehicle theft 88 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Elgin, IL 60123-7193
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population55,201 (51,795 urban / 3,406 rural)
Households19,274 (2.77 people per house)
Median Household Income$57,928
Families13,881 (3.28 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1708

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3255th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,616 $8,520 $11,544
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $10 $10 $10
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $109 $355 $481
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,126 $10,030 $13,054
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,276 $19,180 $22,204
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,276 $13,180 $16,204

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,386 $2,530 $8,074 $8,698 $10,696 $11,362
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,150(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,150(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 8 100 566 142 4 1,582 47 2,484
Accounting 1 2 5 8
Accounting and Business/Management 1 1 1 3
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 3 2 7 12
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 4 107 8 100 222
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 5 4 47 4 64
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 5 41 24 1 118 2 197
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 2 11 13
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 1 3
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 1 1 1 3
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 17 1 41 1 61
Child Care Provider/Assistant 4 10 12 29 55
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 4 6
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 1 7 7 15
Criminal Justice/Police Science 4 6 1 23 34
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 11 31 1 44
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 2 1 2 11 16
Dental Assisting/Assistant 17 2 29 1 49
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 9 11
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 21 2 12 37
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 12 1 1 84 3 104
Engineering, General 9 5 14
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 2 3
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 3 5 12 20
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 2 2 6
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 9 1 68 79
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 3 6 26 3 38
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 2 1 3 7
Graphic Design 1 10 11
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 5 21 2 43 2 77
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 6 18 25
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 1
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 3 13 1 17 35
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 6 3 36 45
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 19 127 32 365 12 567
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 15 8 70 2 99
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 8 10
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 3 2 14 20
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 2 3
Music, General 1 1
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 3 14 7 42 5 74
Office Management and Supervision 4 11 15
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 2 3 16 22
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 2 2 13 1 18
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2 2 2 6
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 3 10 13
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 3 1 8 1 13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 3 12 14 67 2 100
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 5 6
Retailing and Retail Operations 4 4
Small Business Administration/Management
Social Work 5 5 19 1 30
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 4 1 8 13
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 14 1 17
Tool and Die Technology/Technician 2 2
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 7 10 1 32 1 52
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 7 9
Welding Technology/Welder 3 14 3 43 2 65
Word Processing 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 392nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,073 ($87,618 male / $88,692 female)
Number of FT Faculty 132 (64 male / 68 female)
Number of PT Faculty 617
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $10,832,169

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