Situated halfway between Chicago and Rockford in southwest Elgin in the state of Illinois, Elgin Community College (ECC) is a two-year public community college that stands proudly on a picturesque 217-acre campus in the rural Fox River Valley. ECC was first established as part of Public School District U-46 on January 10, 1949 to serve District 509 in portions of Kane, DeKalb, Cook, McHenry, and DuPage counties. Elgin Community College currently enrolls more than 18,000 students and serves more than 300,000 residents four 15 public high school districts. Although one out of every 12 adults in the district has taken at least one course at the college, among the most notable members of the ECC alumni network include Senior NASA official Alan Ladwig and Maryland politician Michael D. Smigiel Sr.
Elgin Community College has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and recognized by the Illinois Community College Board. ECC offers students associate's degrees in Arts, Engineering Science, Fine Arts, Music, Liberal Studies, Science, and Applied Science. The college provides vocational specialist certificates as well for 30 to 50 total credit hours, including noteworthy programs in Criminal Justice, Energy Management, Fire Science, Human Services, Massage Therapy, Pastry Chef, and Virtual Assistant.
Furthermore, students can seamlessly transfer into a four-year university for a bachelor's degree through dual admission programs with Columbia College of Missouri, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and Western Illinois University. Since Elgin Community College understands that employers prefer to hire students who have built an impressive resume of global experience, the college has extensive study abroad programs that connect students with institutional opportunities in Austria, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and many more.
On the ECC campus, there are plentiful opportunities for students to become involved, supplement their learning, and build strong personal connections. Students can participate in countless student organizations, such as Alpha Beta Gama Business Honor Society (ABG), Future Teachers Club, Mock Trial Team, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), and Spartan Christian Fellowship. Student-athletes compete in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Named the Spartans, ECC sports teams have won the conference's All-Sports Trophy four times in the last 12 years.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 10174
Total institution enrollment: 10174
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, IL 60123
Male undergraduate population: 45%
Female undergraduate population: 55%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's