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Bright futures start at Elgin Community College.

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ECC is a comprehensive community college serving students at every stage of their educational journeys. ECC offers something for everyone, from university transfer programs to continuing education classes to childcare and arts center events for the community.

Our Community

At ECC, you’ll join a welcoming community of faculty and staff who care about your success. Our 10,000+ students and more than 40,000 alumni represent a diverse range of backgrounds, ages, career interests, and goals—while sharing a strong sense of community and a commitment to success. Check out these "Fast Facts" about ECC students.

A Beautiful Campus in a Great Location

Conveniently located halfway between Chicago and Rockford, ECC is easily accessible from several major highways. At our park-like campus setting, you’ll enjoy peaceful vistas and state-of-the-art educational facilities. View campus map.

Programs for Everyone

Choose from 129 degree and certificate programs and dozens of continuing-education classes. Whether you want to take a dance class, attend a concert, earn an in-demand certificate, or transfer to a four-year university, ECC is the place for you.

A Great Value

Tuition is a fraction of what you would pay at any other school. In addition to quality instruction taught by our esteemed faculty, we offer generous scholarships and financial aid packages that bring your costs down even further. Why choose anywhere else? 

A Leader College

Elgin Community College is nationally recognized as Leader College by Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

In 2021, The Aspen Institute named Elgin Community College one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation and we received the same honor in 2013, 2017, 2019. ECC is the only Chicago-land community college recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 college more than two times. As a top 150 college, ECC is eligible to compete for the $1 million 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Awarded every two years since 2011, this is the fourth time ECC has made the prestigious top 150 college list.

Eligible colleges must show strong and improving student outcomes in key areas, including retention, completion, transfer, and equity. ECC and the other colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success and equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. Eligibility for the Aspen Prize is based on publicly available data. Nationwide, 15 percent of community colleges (150 of the approximately 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide assessed for the Prize) have been invited to apply—see the full list on the Prize homepage.

Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2015
Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2019
Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2021
Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence Top 150 2023


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