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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.

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

Spring Schedule

Class start dates
Day Date Time Location
Classes Beginning January 12
Monday January 12 11 a.m. to Noon Building C, Library
6 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday January 14 3 to 4 p.m.
Classes Beginning February 9
Monday February 9 11 a.m. to Noon Building C, Library
6 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday February 11 3 to 4 p.m.
Classes Beginning March 9
Monday March 9 6 to 7 p.m. Building C, Library
Wednesday March 11 11 a.m. to Noon

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

New OAT student orientation schedule
Day Date Time Location
Monday January 12 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building M, Room M105
Tuesday January 13 6 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday January 14
Thursday January 15 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Friday January 16 10 to 11 a.m.
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