Academic Residency

Administrative Procedure 1.301

Academic Residency refers to the number of credit hours a student must take at Elgin Community College to be eligible for a degree or certificate.

Academic Residency Requirement for University Transfer Degrees:

  • A minimum of 15 semester hours of credit courses taken at ECC and numbered 100 or above, excluding Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and proficiency credits.

Academic Residency Requirement for Associate of Applied Science Degrees:

  • A minimum of 15 semester hours of degree-requirement credit courses taken at ECC and numbered 100 and above, six of which must also be discipline specific, excluding AP, CLEP and proficiency credits.

Academic Residency Requirement for Certificates:

  • One fourth of the curriculum requirements but no less than eight semester hours of credit must have been achieved at ECC, excluding AP, CLEP and proficiency credits.
  • If the certificate requires less than eight semester hours, all courses must be completed at ECC or through ECC’s Career-Technical Education Articulated Credit program.

Proficiency credit earned through the Career-Technical Education Articulated Credit program can be included in the calculation of the academic residency requirement. High School students who successfully complete an articulated course can only earn ECC proficiency credit after matriculating to ECC.

For additional information please see 1.101 Credit for Learning Experiences other than Formal Instruction.