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Honors Program Director
Bldg B, Room B347, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7514

Current Honors Program Students

Honors Program Handbooks

The handbook has been developed to organize important information about honors program membership. Each admitted students receives a printed copy of the handbook with their program acceptance letter. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the entire handbook. The academic year you were admitted to the Honors Program is the handbook you will follow.

Honors Program Course Offerings

Students who are admitted and remain in good standing in the honors program may register for honors classes each semester. Program students typically take one to two honors classes each semester. The honors program offers the following annual courses by semester.  View courses»  

Scholarships & Partnerships

The ECC Honors Program has specialized partnerships with Elmhurst College and Western Illinois University (WIU). The Elmhurst partnership allows ECC to select one Honors Program Graduate to receive a full-tuition transfer scholarship. The WIU agreement allows ECC Honors Program Graduates to enter the WIU honors program. For more information on either partnership, contact the ECC honors program director.

Honors Tuition Waiver

Students who earn an A or B in an honors class are eligible for a tuition waiver that covers the number of credit hours completed for use toward honors classes in a future semester. Get details  

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society

As a member of the honors program, you are required to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society. You may join PTK as a provisional member during your first semester. To gain full membership, you must complete 12 semester hours with a minimum 3.25 GPA. There is a one-time membership fee. To apply, complete the PTK applicationand forward it to the Office of Student Life, Building B, Room B173.

You may submit an application at any time. See the honors program handbook for more information about PTK membership expectations.

Keeping Your Eligibility in the Honors Program

To maintain membership in the honors program, honors students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA each semester. Program students are strongly encouraged to also:

  1. Enroll in at least three credit hours ECC honors coursework within the first two semesters enrolled in the program. Three additional credit hours are required during each additional year enrolled.
  2. Join ECC's honors society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

Students who fail to meet the above expectations at the end of the allowed probationary semester will be deactivated from the program. This means the student cannot enroll in honors program classes or participate in honors related activities for at least the following semester. However, students may immediately re-apply once the eligibility requirements have been met.

Students will receive notification via postal mail at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester if they have failed to meet any of these program requirements.

Honors Program Graduates

The honors scholar designation is an award given to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their time at ECC. Students must submit an honors scholar application by November 1 for fall graduation and April 1 for spring or summer graduation.

To apply for this recognition, you must completed each of the following:

  1. Complete at least 15 credit hours of honors coursework with a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  2. Maintain a 3.25 GPA for all ECC coursework.
  3. Demonstrate leadership and service to the college.
  4. Complete the Honors Program Capstone Portfolio.

If a student has any special circumstances or concerns regarding meeting any of the above stated requirements, he/she may contact the honors program director. For further information about this award, refer to your honors program handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, honors courses receive the same credit/weight as regular classes. However, honors courses do appear on the transcript with the honors distinction, which many transfer institutions highly regard as a sign of a student’s ability to handle challenging course content.

Honors classes are typically modeled on university, seminar-style courses that encourage questions, debate, and in-depth discussion of course content. Students engage deeply with content and are encouraged to work closely with faculty members throughout the semester on the various assignments and projects assigned in class.

During your first semester you should schedule a meeting with an academic and transfer advisor to set-up your educational plan. This plan will help you determine which courses you will take each semester so you stay on track to completing your educational goals. If you plan to transfer to a four-year college, be sure to discuss that with the academic and transfer advisor as well. The sooner you can determine where you plan to transfer, the more specific your educational plan will be. After your first semester, make a point to visit with an academic and transfer advisor at least once each semester to confirm you are on track. To set up an appointment call 847-214-7390 or visit the Student Success Center in Building B, Room B120.

Yes! Completing your ECC degree before moving on is one of the most important things you can do. National research shows that students who finish their community college degree first will go on to complete the baccalaureate at a much higher rate than those students who transfer with simply a grab bag of credits. In addition, you will have completed an important educational credential on your way to completing higher degrees.

Contact the College Board to have your official score report sent to the Registration & Records Office. Upon receipt, your report will be reviewed. If you meet the minimum AP score required, you will receive credit on your ECC transcript for the appropriate course(s). Review the advanced placement tests credit chart for specific scores needed and equivalent ECC credit.

There are many ways to get involved. First, consider serving as a student member of the PTK Honors Student Council. The council meets monthly and you will represent your fellow honors students while working with ECC faculty and administrators. Second, contact the Honors Program Director at to express your interest and ideas. We want your help making this an excellent program and experience for all honors students.

You can get a tuition waiver for future honors classes if you earn an A or B in an honors class and have a 3.25 cumulative GPA. There is no limit to the number of honors classes you can take per semester. The waiver is good for up to one year. You must complete the scholarships & waiver activation form and submit to the Financial Aid Office, Building B, Room B156. Once you have submitted your waiver, it should take approximately one week for processing.

To confirm the waiver has been applied to your student account:

  1. Login to accessECC Portal  
  2. Select 'Student' in top bar navigation
  3. Scroll down to 'Self-Service Menu'; select 'Student Account'
  4. Select 'Account Activity & Statement'

Note: You will not receive any paper notification.

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