Academic & Transfer Advising
Getting students the information they need to be successful in their personal and professional development is the number one goal of advisors at ECC.
Academic Advising/Transfer Assistance
No matter where you are in life or in school, ECC advisors help you design an educational plan for any major, any transfer institution or course of study that leads to graduation. They show you how to make good academic decisions that take into account your personal goals and career aspirations. Preparing for your appointment: ViewHide tips | View programs of study»
Steps you can take prior to your appointment to make sure we are able to accomplish as much as possible during our time together.
Transferring out of ECC?
Look at your top schools’ websites and see what information they have available about your program of choice. Bring any information about course requirements with you.
Transferring into ECC?
Make sure your official transcripts are on file with Admissions, and that you have submitted a transcript request form to the Records office. These take up to two weeks to process, so it is best to schedule your appointment for a time after the evaluation is complete.
Adding or dropping a course?
Go to Financial Aid first to see how the change would impact your aid. Also, stop by Student Accounts to confirm the amount of refund you would be eligible for if you’re dropping a course, or the due date of your first payment if you are adding a course.
Changing your major?
Review the catalog information for the new major you are considering. Look to see if there are any admission requirements, review the required courses, and make a list of any specific questions you have.
Making a success plan?
Make sure that you have completed steps 1-4 of the Success Plan form. You can find the form attached to the email you received in your student account about your academic standing.
Visit elgin.edu/graduation for information on procedures and deadlines before coming in to verify that you have met all program requirements.
Making an education plan?
Make sure you have done all relevant placement testing for your program of study. Although it is not required, you should try to have an idea of the school you would like to go to and the program you would like to study if you are hoping to transfer.
Choosing courses for your schedule?
New students: Review the requirements for your program in the course catalog and make a list of courses you would be interested in taking. Bring that list with you to your appointment to review with your advisor.
Continuing students: Run a program evaluation for yourself in the portal using the steps below, make a list of courses you would like to take from the options given for your remaining requirements, and bring that list with you to your appointment to review with your advisor.
To run an evaluation:
- Go to the elgin.edu/portal
- Select 'Students' under the 'Self Service' tab
- Select 'Student Academic Planning'
- Select 'Program Evaluation'
- Either choose to evaluate your existing program or see how close you are to completing another program you are considering.
Educational Success & Career Advising
- Advisors help you explore educational goals, options, and barriers.
- Intervene if you are on academic probation or restriction.
- Discuss success strategies for college.
- Help you define your choice of careers and how that relates to specific majors and degrees. More»
When students are dealing with personal issues that interfere with their ability to reach their educational goals, advisors can help directly or provide referral to another agency.
Student Assistance Program
Students in need of personal assistance such as financial or personal counseling, alcohol or drug abuse counseling, and other needs can find the help they need through this program. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All assistance is strictly confidential. The number is 847-742-4033.
Local Resources /Community Services
Link to social, health, and human service organizations in Kane County.
Link to The Unabridged Student Counseling Pamplet Collection used with the permission of the University of Chicago counseling center.