Milestone One (0 to 15 credit hours):

  • Become aware of the career and transfer options
  • Become mindful of general education degree requirements
  • Be able to list course options for their first semester
  • Determine placement in RDG, ENG, and MTH
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to review education plan
  • Understand the difference between a transfer and a career program
  • Develop an understanding of the college’s policies, procedures, and terminology
  • Identify professors office hours and become comfortable contacting them
  • Understand how to compute a GPA
  • Understand how to navigate program evaluation and student planning module
  • Understand when to drop/withdraw courses and the refund policy
  • Investigate transfer schools and admission requirements
  • Become involved in extracurricular activities (contact Student Life)
  • Check ECC’s student email account daily

Milestone Two (16 to 30 credit hours):

  • Learn where student services offices and other campus resources are located (based on first semester’s performance)
  • Commit to a plan of study
    • Determine admission requirements
    • Or if undecided make an appointment with Career Development Specialist for career exploration and/or enroll in GSD120 Exploring Careers and College Majors
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to review your education plans
  • Make an appointment with a Wellness Professional for assistance with college success skills if needed
  • Explore scholarship opportunities
  • Check ECC’s student email account daily

Milestone Three (31 to 44 credit hours):

  • Review your academic plan with your academic advisor
  • Understand the transcript request process
  • Visit selected transfer school(s) and meet with a transfer counselor/advisor to understand how ECC coursework will transfer forward
  • Begin reviewing university application
    • Determine application deadlines
    • Write personal statements and essays
    • Seek scholarship opportunities
    • Approach faculty for letters of recommendation
  • Check ECC’s student email account daily

Milestone Four (45+ credit hours):

  • Obtain degree audit from our academic advisor
  • Complete Graduation Petition form by the deadline
  • date: go to the Graduation page for more details
    • May graduates - March 1
    • August graduates - July 1
    • December graduates - October 1
    • Make plans to attend the Graduation Ceremony
    • Check ECC’s student email account daily


Academic Advising and Transfer Services is located in B120, call 847-214-7390 to schedule your appointment.