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Student Life

Engaging in extracurricular activities offers opportunities for personal growth and enrichment, as well as for making friends and satisfying your college experience. Join one club or many, and you can explore new interests, passions, and perspectives outside your academic curriculum. You may also consider joining a club or groups related to your field. You can deepen your understanding of the subject matter, gain practical experience, and stay updated on the latest developments in your field.

Whether it's leadership, teamwork, communication, or project management, participating as a leader in an extracurricular activity allows you to develop and refine skills highly valued by employers. These connections can lead to internships, mentorship opportunities, and even job offers in the future. Visit the Center for Student Experience and Engagement in Building B, Room B173, or email to see how you can become involved on campus.

Student Clubs at ECC

Forensics Team and Phi Rho Pi

Students interested in intercollegiate competitions in oratory, after-dinner speaking, oral interpretation, and other individual and group speaking events may join the forensics team. Members compete against students from other schools both on and off campus. Scholarships are available. Active members may also apply for membership in Phi Rho Pi, a national speech honorary organization. To join the team, contact the forensics advisor at 847-214-7275 or

Humanities Center

The Elgin Community College Humanities Center encourages and fosters an understanding of the central importance of the humanities in all areas of academic and creative inquiry within a framework of diversity and global and international perspectives. Activities are open to students, faculty, staff, alums, and members of the District 509 community.

Gallery Exhibitions

Explore the professional campus galleries showcasing student art alongside the creations of local artists. Discover student and professional art exhibits housed in on-campus fine arts galleries across the college and a permanent display of curated art collections.

  • Safety-Kleen Gallery One
  • E. Max von Isser Gallery of Art
  • John R. Grady Gallery of Photographic Arts

Honors Program

By joining the ECC Honors Program, you'll enrich your academic experiences by exploring more challenging courses, working closely with faculty members, and meeting other academically motivated students. Qualifying honors students can earn credit toward a tuition waiver and receive recognition at graduation.

Spire Magazine

Become a published writer or artist by submitting your original works to SPIRE, ECC's literary magazine. Published annually each spring, SPIRE showcases student writing and visual art. We welcome poetry, prose, drawing, printmaking, and photography submissions.

Theatre Productions

Writers Center

For area writers in all stages of development, the Writers Center is ideal for those who wish to share their work in an atmosphere of constructive, respectful critique. Current activities include the reading series featuring guest authors, the special-topics series of half-day writing workshops, the monthly coffeehouse where writers share original works, and guest authors/educators workshops.

Interested in starting a new club?

Secure at least three members to be officers and 1 advisor*. For more information, contact

*Advisor must be ECC faculty or staff.

Student Events Request Form

Need space for your next student club event? Make a reservation through Facilities Rental. All club events will be added to the calendar automatically.

This form will be used by official ECC student club leaders and employees only.

Event Registration