Current Honors Program Students

Honors Program Handbooks


The handbook has been developed to organize important information about honors program membership. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the entire handbook. The academic year you were admitted to the Honors Program is the handbook you will follow.

Honors Program Course Offerings


Students who are admitted and remain in good standing in the honors program may register for honors classes each semester. Program students typically take one to two honors classes each semester. The honors program offers the following annual courses by semester. View a list of honors program courses.

Scholarships & Partnerships


The ECC Honors Program has specialized partnerships with Elmhurst College and Western Illinois University (WIU). The Elmhurst partnership allows ECC to select one Honors Program Graduate to receive a full-tuition transfer scholarship. The WIU agreement allows ECC Honors Program Graduates to enter the WIU honors program. For more information on either partnership, contact the ECC honors program director at honors@elgin.edu.

Honors Tuition Waiver

Students who earn an A or B in an honors class are eligible for a tuition waiver that covers the number of credit hours completed for use toward honors classes in a future semester. Download the Scholarship Waiver Activation form.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society


As a member of the honors program, you are required to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society. You may join PTK as a provisional member during your first semester. To gain full membership, you must complete 12 semester hours with a minimum 3.25 GPA. There is a one-time membership fee. To apply, complete the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society Application and forward it to the Office of Student Life, Building B, Room B173.

You may submit an application at any time. See the Honors Program Handbook section of the website for more information about PTK membership expectations.

Keeping Your Eligibility in the Honors Program


To maintain membership in the honors program, honors students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA each semester. Program students are strongly encouraged to also:

  1. Enroll in at least three credit hours ECC honors coursework within the first two semesters enrolled in the program. Three additional credit hours are required during each additional year enrolled.
  2. Join ECC's honors society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).  

Students who fail to meet the above expectations at the end of the allowed probationary semester will be deactivated from the program. This means the student cannot enroll in honors program classes or participate in honors related activities for at least the following semester. However, students may immediately re-apply once the eligibility requirements have been met.

Students will receive notification via postal mail at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester if they have failed to meet any of these program requirements.

Honors Program Graduates


The honors program graduate designation is an award given to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their time at ECC. Students must submit an honors program graduate application by November 1 for fall graduation and April 1 for spring or summer graduation.

To apply for this recognition, you must completed each of the following:

  1. Complete at least 15 credit hours of honors coursework with a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  2. Maintain a 3.25 GPA for all ECC coursework.
  3. Demonstrate leadership and service to the college.
  4. Complete the Honors Program Capstone Portfolio.

If a student has any special circumstances or concerns regarding meeting any of the above stated requirements, he/she may contact the honors program director. For further information about this award, refer to the Honors Program Handbook section of the website.

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