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Registering for courses at Elgin Community College is quick and easy—and we’re here to help.

Summer and fall semester registration opens in April, while spring semester registration begins in November. Register early to secure your spot in the class of your choice, as certain classes tend to fill up fast.

Before You Register

Here's how to make your registration process go smoothly.

  1. Determine which classes you need to take. Meet with an academic advisor to review the options or see the course catalog.
  2. Make sure you've met your prerequisites. If you haven't, you may be placed into the course by taking a placement test.
  3. Clear all outstanding financial obligations. You can't register if you have a past-due balance.
  4. Check important registration dates to ensure you don't miss the period. 

Priority Registration

Most services are available online by using the accessECC portal. However, please email us at so we can assist you with registration-related questions including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Adding and dropping classes.
  • Enrollment and degree verification.
  • Joint agreements.
  • Residency verification.
  • To determine your priority registration date, visit the priority permits page.

How to Register

You have two options for registration:


If the class you want to take is full, you can join the waitlist for that class until the college’s payment due date. If space becomes available, you will be registered for the course.

After Registration

For more details, see Schedule Changes and Course Withdrawals.

Search Course Catalog

ECC offers online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes, so you can choose the format that fits your needs.

Summer 2024 Offerings

Fall 2024 Offerings

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common questions by browsing our FAQ. Search admissions FAQ.

Register For Non-Credit Classes

We offer many popular, high-quality non-credit classes, and you don't have to complete an application for admission or acquire transcripts to take them. Registering is quick and easy—and we’re here to help.

Learn how to register



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Friday: Closed