Who is eligible for admission: all high school graduates or the equivalent. ECC has an open door admissions policy, as governed by the Illinois Community College Act. This means students may enroll in any class provided they meet the college’s minimum competency requirement (refer to Administrative Procedure 1.104), course prerequisites, and/or departmental admissions requirements and as long as space for effective instruction is available.
A non-high school graduate, 16 or 17 years of age, who has severed connection with his/her high school, may be admitted if he/she demonstrates the ability to benefit from enrollment at the college. Students who are enrolling in Tech Prep or Middle College programs are exempt from the Secondary/Home-School Student Admission process and restrictions. Students who are interested in participating in these programs need to check with their high school guidance counselor for eligibility requirements and enrollment process. The student must provide written evidence from the chief executive officer (or designee) of the high school district in which the student has legal residence of this separation from the high school to the Admission Office. A non-high school graduate 18 years or older may also be admitted; however, students who have completed their high school education are better prepared for success in college.
Application deadline or fee: None. Apply early to ensure the greatest possible choices of classes at the time of registration.
How to Apply
New College Students
First-time students of any age who plan to attend ECC and have attended no other college. Apply»
Students who attended a college/university other than ECC previously and plan to enroll at ECC to complete a program of study here or take a few classes here and transfer them back to their four-year college/university. Apply»
Former ECC students who plan to resume taking classes. Apply»
High School Students
Currently enrolled high school students planning to complete some high school requirements with college level courses. Apply»Note: You must have permission in the form of a letter/document from the school prior to enrolling at ECC during the regular school year.
Citizens of a foreign country interested in attending ECC on a F-1 student visa. Apply»
Programs with Departmental Admission Requirements