Dual Enrollment Program
How to Take College Classes While in High School
ECC's dual-enrollment program is an excellent choice for high school and home-schooled students who want to take one or two college classes in addition to their regular school schedules. In dual enrollment, you'll attend regular high school or home-school classes during the day, then take one or two additional classes at Elgin Community College in the evening. You'll get college credit for your ECC courses; high school credit is not guaranteed. Dual Credit has been shown to increase the probability of college success.
You complete college courses on your own, allowing class selection flexibility. Choose any college class you are ready for, with approval from your high school counselor and ECC Dual Credit Office.
As a dual-enrollment student at ECC, you can immerse yourself in campus life. Join a club, write for the newspaper, or audition for a play —it's a great way to get the whole college experience.
Dual-enrollment courses are open to high school and home-schooled students who have demonstrated college readiness through their scores on the ACT, SAT, or ECC placement tests. Sixteen (16) and 17-year-old students separated from their high school and eligible by ICCB regulations to attend ECC full or part-time because they meet the ability to benefit criteria.
How to Apply for Dual Enrollment at ECC
Are you interested in dual enrollment? Students seeking Dual Enrollment must plan to ensure the enrollment process is completed before the class starts. Here's how to get started:
- Discuss your interest in attending ECC with your high school counselor and parent(s). You will need their approval to take ECC courses because we want to ensure they meet your needs.
- Apply for admission. Remember to indicate you are still enrolled in high school and include a personal email address.
- Download the secondary/home-school student admission process and permission form - PDF.
- Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The secondary or home-schooled student admission process at Elgin Community College exists to allow college-ready students early access to higher education. These students must follow special admission procedures to enroll in college-level classes at Elgin Community College. Decisions for student admission and enrollment are made on a case-by-case basis. Students under 16 must also receive approval from the appropriate academic dean and the Dean of Student Services and Development or designee. Once courses are identified, the admissions office will facilitate obtaining the appropriate dean(s) approval. The decision will be made based on the demonstration of college readiness and maturity of the student. Secondary and home-schooled students will be limited to registering for six credit hours per semester and will enroll during their New Student Orientation Session (NSO). Students seeking Dual Enrollment need to plan ahead to ensure the enrollment process is completed before the class starts.
This process does not apply to the following student groups, as these admissions are handled separately:
- Students who are enrolling in only dual credit courses organized by partnership agreements between school districts and Elgin Community College,
- Students enrolling in performing arts courses, ensembles, or grant-funded programs such as Upward Bound.
- Sixteen (16) and 17-year-old students are separated from their high school and eligible by ICCB regulations to attend ECC full or part-time because they meet the ability to benefit criteria.