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.

Course Options

Choose from any of ECC's general education courses, from biology and chemistry to music and theatre.

College Life

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.

Who Qualifies

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:

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 ability to benefit criteria.