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Admissions & Recruitment
Bldg B, Room B110, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7385
Fax: 847-608-5458
admissions@elgin.edu
Hours: M-Th 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.

Student Orientation

New College Student Orientation

All first-time college students must attend new student orientation prior to registering for classes. Once you have completed steps 1-3 listed below, you will be assigned an orientation date by the Admissions Office. These sessions are designed for the new student only. We strongly encourage parents/families to attend one of our parent/family orientations. If you have any questions contact the Admissions & Recruitment office.

  1. Submit a completed ECC application for admission. Apply now»  
  2. Submit your high school and prior college (if applicable) transcripts. More»  
  3. Demonstrate you have met ECC's minimum competency requirements in writing, reading and math. To determine which requirements you must meet, view minimum competency requirements  

It is important you contact the Admissions & Recruitment office, if you need assistance completing steps 1-3 above.

Post-Orientation Survey
After you complete the new student orientation please complete a quick survey.

Date & Place

Once you have completed steps 1-3 you will be assigned the earliest available orientation session. Sessions are offered April through August for new students starting at ECC in the fall semester and November through January for new students starting at the college in spring semester. Sessions take approximately five hours. During the session you will:

  • Gain an understanding of degree options;
    • course selection
    • how placement test scores effect those course options
  • Meet with a counselor to plan your fall semester courses
  • Navigate important ECC online tools
  • Receive your student ID
  • Locate and utilize ECC Student Services on our growing campus
  • Meet other new students as well as current ECC students and staff
  • Select and register for your first semester of classes

New students, who have attended another college/university or are attending to complete courses for personal interest only, are strongly encouraged to attend new student orientation.

Parent/Family Orientation

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New college students who have the support of their parents and/or families are more likely to succeed. We invite you to attend a parent/family orientation session to learn important details that will help you support your college student. To reserve your place, call 847-214-7385.

Parent/family orientation schedule
Day Date Time Location
Wednesday January 7 6 to 8 p.m. Building B, Alumni Room

Orientation for First-Time Distance Student

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Recommended for all first-time students enrolled in distance learning classes. To reserve your seat call 847-214-7945 or email bbarnett@elgin.edu  

Summer Schedule

Class start dates
Day Date Time Location
Classes Beginning June 1  
Monday June 1 11 a.m. to Noon or
6 to 7 p.m.
Building C, Library
Wednesday June 3 3 to 4 p.m. Building C, Library 
Classes Beginning June 8  
Monday June 8 11 a.m. to Noon or 
6 to 7 p.m.
Building C, Library
Wednesday June 10 3 to 4 p.m. Building C, Library 

Fall Schedule

Class start dates
Day Date Time Location
Classes Beginning August 17  
Monday August 17 11 a.m. to Noon or
6 to 7 p.m.
Building C, Library
Wednesday August 19 3 to 4 p.m. Building C, Library 
Classes Beginning September 14  
Monday September 14 11 a.m. to Noon or 
6 to 7 p.m.
Building C, Library
Wednesday September 16 3 to 4 p.m. Building C, Library 
Classes Beginning October 12  
 Monday October 12  11 a.m. to Noon or
Building C, Library 
Wednesday  October 14 3 to 4 p.m.  Building C, Library 

Orientation for First-Time OAT Student

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If you are a first-time student registered in any of the office administration technology (OAT) courses listed below, you must attend one of the listed orientation sessions. For more information regarding OAT orientation sessions, please call 847-214-7914.

  • OAT119
  • OAT135
  • OAT140, OAT240
  • OAT141, OAT241
  • OAT142, OAT242
  • OAT143, OAT243
  • OAT144
  • OAT145, OAT245
  • OAT146
  • OAT147
  • OAT250
  • OAT251
  • OAT252
  • OAT253
  • OTS105


Summer Schedule

OAT student orientation schedule
Day Date Time Location  
Monday June 1 10-11 a.m. Building F, Room F126  
Tuesday June 2 6-7 p.m.  
Wednesday June 3 10-11 a.m.  
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