College Admissions 4.101

Administrative Procedure 4.101

The following procedure applies to students seeking admission to Elgin Community College's credit programs and courses.

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 requirements (refer to Administrative Procedure 1.104), course prerequisites, and/or departmental admissions requirements and as long as space for effective instruction is available. To enroll, students must complete an application for admission and submit appropriate school transcript(s) and either ACT, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, PARCC, SAT, High School Equivalent (HiSET) or GED; or ECC placement test scores. There is no application deadline or fee. Refer to the college catalog and enrollment materials for specific enrollment steps Some academic programs have additional departmental admission requirements and registration dates that students must meet. (Refer to the college catalog for specific programs.)

Non-High School Graduate

A non-high school graduate, 16 or 17 years of age, who has severed connection with his/her high school, may be admitted if it is demonstrated that the student will benefit from enrollment at the college. Non-high school graduates 18 years or older may also be admitted. 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.

International Students

Students who are not U.S. citizens who are interested in attending ECC on a visa are considered international students. Full-time international students on an F-1 visa must meet additional admission requirements (refer to and have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 71 (internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.0 and meet the minimum competency for placement into college-level credit classes. F-1 international students must be at least 17 years of age.

Students who do not have U.S. citizenship who are interested in attending ECC and who do not have a visa are eligible for admission regardless of resident status.

Secondary and/or Home-Schooled Students

Current secondary and/or home-schooled students who are college-ready may gain early access to higher education. College readiness is defined as demonstrating the ability to complete college-level work through ACT/SAT scores or the college's placement tests. These students must follow the Secondary/Home-School Student Admission procedure to enroll in college-level classes. Decisions for student admission and enrollment are made on a case-by-case basis. Students should discuss their interest in attending ECC with their high school counselor and parent(s) prior to beginning the application process as their approval is required. Secondary and home-schooled students will be limited to registering for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. For specific admission details refer to

Dual Credit Program Students

Students who are enrolling in a Dual Credit program (Accelerate College, Career Technical Dual Credit, Middle College, or Talent Search Transition Program) are exempt from the Secondary/Home-School Student Admission process and restrictions. In partnership with the high school district, as it is defined in the intergovernmental agreement, the students must be college-ready, meet the institution's minimum prerequisites, and follow the Dual Credit Admissions procedure. Admission and enrollment decisions will be made by the college and approved by the high school district.