Registration Procedures

Ready to register for classes at ECC? Here's what you need to know about our procedures.

Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled and to know the attendance policy of each of their instructors. Under no circumstance should a student stop attending class without formally withdrawing. This can result in a failing grade on the student's permanent record. Attendance at the first class is expected. Registered students who do not attend the first day and do not contact the instructor may be dropped from the class for non-attendance.

Extended Absence Notification for Students

The Office of the Dean of Students and Development may provide assistance to students who experience a family or personal emergency that will result in absence from classes for more than three consecutive class sessions (e.g. death in the family, unplanned hospitalization, etc.) by notifying the student's instructors via email. The dean can be contacted at deanofdtudentservices@elgin.edu

Extra and Co-curricular Mandatory Attendance Policy

Instructors may require that students attend extra- or co-curricular activities in connection with coursework.

  • A full-time course load is 12 or more semester hours of credit (or six or more in summer).
  • A part-time course loadis less than 12 semester hours of credit (less than six in summer).

Course Loads

Your academic course load refers to how many credit hours you're taking.

If you want to enroll in more than 18 semester hours of credit, you must obtain approval from an ECC academic advisor prior to registering.

Class Cancellations

The college reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment standards. Students will receive full refunds for class cancelled due to low enrollment.

College Closure

The college reserves the right to cancel classes due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather. The college uses Rave Alert to contact you.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have met the prerequisites and minimum competencies for all of your courses. We encourage you to meet with your advisor to make sure you're registering for appropriate classes.

Placement Testing

Placement tests in subjects like English and math can help you choose the right classes by assessing your skill levels. The Testing Center offers workshops and practice tests to help you prepare for your placement exams. If you're not happy with your scores, you may retake the tests with the approval of the relevant department. If you're still not satisfied, you may appeal your placement.  Review placement test appeal procedure for more information.

Retake a Course

If you're not satisfied with your grades in a class, you may be able to retake the class in an effort to get a higher grade. You'll have to satisfy certain conditions, and you should be aware that some four-year institutions don't honor ECC's retake policy. Meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options.

  • Details about retaking a course
  • If you want to change the status of a course from credit to audit or vice versa, you must do so within the drop grace period by submitting the form in person in the Registration & Records Office.
  • You can designate a class as pass/no credit up to until the end of the drop grace period by completing the pass/no credit form and submitting it in person to the Registration & Records Office.

Audit a Course or Pass/No Credit Option

If you'd like to receive credit for a course without the pressure of earning a top grade, you might consider auditing or taking it on a pass/no credit basis. It's a great way to learn something new without the pressure of assignments and tests—but keep in mind that audited courses don't count toward your degree requirements. Review course auditing procedure for more information.

Course Substitution

You may be able to substitute a non-required course for one of your required courses if you can demonstrate that it covers similar content.

You'll need to get written permission from the appropriate instructional dean and faculty member and place it on file with the Registration & Records Office. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

Join a Class Waitlist

If the course section you want to take is full, you can put yourself on a waitlist and hope that a spot opens up. Here's what you need to know.

  • Join a class waitlist.
  • If a place in the class opens up for you, we'll notify you via your ECC student email. You can also check accessECC portal. Need log in help? View login instructions.
  • While you're on the waitlist, you're not enrolled in the class—so you won't have to pay tuition or fees. You can't attend class, either.
  • If a spot hasn't opened up by the day after the payment due date for the term, the waiting list is discontinued and you'll have to find a different class or check to see if a space becomes available during the registration period.

Review student waitlist registration procedure for more information.

Schedule Changes and Course Withdrawals

If you'd like to add or drop a class after registration, visit accessECC portal or go to the Registration & Records Office. View our withdrawal procedures and review schedule changes and course withdrawals procedure for additional information on the impact of dropping your class and possible refund.

If you intend to withdraw from a course, don't just stop going to class—you'll need to go through a formal withdrawal process.

Before dropping any classes, you should talk to:

  • Your instructor. Discuss your concern and explore your options.
  • The Financial Aid Office. If you receive financial aid, make sure you understand the potential impact on your benefits. Students receiving financial aid must contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office every time they make any kind of change to their class schedule.
  • Your academic advisor. Find out how dropping a class might affect your academic plan and career goals.

Review the schedule changes and course withdrawals procedure for more information.

Student Residency

Tuition rates are based on student residency. See District 509 [Link to District 509 page] to learn about the communities we serve. For additional details about residency definitions and requirements, review student residency procedure for more information.

Questions about registration procedures? Contact us—we're always happy to help.