Life at ECC
Explore a world where all are welcome and diversity is celebrated.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of student services wherever possible. From a solid academic foundation to developing in-demand skills, our degree and certificate programs are designed by supportive faculty that understand the skills needed in the job market. We take pride in creating an environment where you feel welcome and keep moving forward.
Academic & Transfer Advising
Do you plan to transfer to a 4-year program after ECC? Our university transfer services team can help. Learn more about academic and transfer advising.
Stay informed with current and future academic and Elgin Community College calendar events. Learn more about the academic calendar.
Elgin Community College recognizes students who demonstrated the highest level of academic proficiency in 2022. Learn more about academic scholars.
Elgin Community College bookstore programs and policies. Learn more about the bookstore.
Career Development Services
We can help you choose a major, define your professional goals, write a great resume, and plan and implement job search strategies. Learn more about career development services.
Elgin Community College has an extensive collection of academic services and resources. Learn more about the library.
Student Access and Disability Services
Our team offers resources and accommodations to support you with a disability or an individualized education plan (IEP). Learn more about disability services.
Student Records and Transcripts
Elgin Community College records office policies and procedures for inbound and outbound students. Learn more about student records and transcripts.
Elgin Community College provides a comprehensive helpdesk to assist students, faculty, and administrative personnel. Learn more about technical help.
Elgin Community College's testing services are the most comprehensive and technologically advanced. Learn more about testing services.
TRiO helps students become more engaged in all aspects of Elgin Community College's academic life. Learn more about TRiO.
Tutoring and mentoring are pronounced Elgin Community College benefits for those seeking academic acceleration and advancement. Our experienced professional tutors help you learn and thrive. Whether you're looking for quick study tips or weekly tutoring support for a challenging class, we're happy to help. We offer free tutors in more than 50 subjects. Learn more about tutoring resources.
Veterans Support Services
Whether starting college for the first time or re-entering college, ECC welcomes veterans home to a great college experience. Expect personalized attention to help you select a program of study that incorporates the skills you learned in the military with work in a field you enjoy. Learn more about veteran's services.
Be an active participant in life and better understand the connection between health, wellness, and academics. ECC uses a holistic approach to help you achieve your full potential. Check out elgin.campuswell.com, which covers various health and wellness topics for students. Learn more about wellness services.
Elgin Community College writer center is an outreach program for students interested in developing writing and literature skills. Learn more about the writer's center.
Explore a world of opportunities. Whether online or in the classroom, we unite behind our mission: to improve lives through learning. ECC offers many student clubs and activities that engage your mind and encourage civic involvement. You'll find ways to grow your leadership skills, make friends, get support and encouragement from faculty, and connect with fellow Spartans about issues that matter to you. Learn more about student life.
Follow Spartan success stories. Learn more about athletics.
Elgin Community College offers a welcoming environment where students can learn and thrive. Learn more about campus diversity.
Elgin Community College fitness center offers state-of-the-art workout equipment for anyone looking to get in shape. Learn more about the fitness center.
Elgin Community College offers a variety of food services conveniently located. Learn more about the food services.
Music, Arts & Drama
You can audition for or direct a play, join the concert choir or the steel band, stage an art exhibit, and write for SPIRE, our student-run literary publication. The art scene is alive and well at ECC. Learn more about the ECC Performing Arts Center.
Lend a hand and meet new people at the same time. Volunteer opportunities include the Spartan Pantry, collecting school supplies for our annual Project Backpack, and leading new student orientation sessions through a paid position as a Spartan Leader. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Aid Crisis Hotline
AID is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text 833-AID-TEXT (833-243-8398) or call 630-966-9393. This Community Support Team for Aurora and Elgin provides 24-hour quality wrap-around services, including:
- Recovery-Oriented counseling to facilitate independent living
- Assistance with obtaining Medical, Social Security, and other benefits
- Prevention of homelessness
- Increase compliance with medication and treatment
- Reduction of symptoms
- Increase job skills, social skills, and living skills
Need immediate help? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 988.
The ECC Early Childhood Lab School offers flexible, campus-based child care for children ages six weeks through 5 years. Financial aid and state subsidies are accepted, and additional childcare assistance is available to PELL-eligible students through CCAMPIS Grant funding. Limited space is available each semester. Learn more about the ECC Early Childhood Lab School.
Enrolled students can meet with an attorney for legal advice and/or information on law-related careers. Legal clinics are free and offered several times each semester. Please contact the Office of Student Life for the semester schedule.
Student Identification Card
Get your photo ID and take advantage of student discounts! Go to the Office of Student Life, Building B, Room B173, to take your photo. Bring along your current class schedule and a valid photo ID. Your first ID is free. Replacement IDs cost $5, and you pay Student Accounts.
Student Appeal Procedures
Use college procedures to solve disputes when a problem or concern can’t be resolved informally. The dean of student services and development, Building B, Room B105, or associate vice president of student services and development/dean of students located in Building B, Room B105.11, provides procedural advice upon request.
Exercise your right as a citizen. Take a minute to register to vote. Student Government sponsors voter registration drives in the fall and spring semesters. Register to vote online.