Academic & Transfer Advising

Students working at a desk in the academic advising office.

At ECC, your success is our top priority.

Advising Tips

Academic Advising

While at ECC, you'll have an academic advisor starting in your first semester. They'll work one-on-one with you to plan your courses and help you succeed in your academic and, ultimately, your professional career. Think of the advisor as your coach encouraging your success by following up with you and hearing from your instructors when you need extra support or a development plan to help you get back on track. Throughout your time at ECC, you may receive a Spartan Success message to give you and your advisor opportunities to make changes during the semester to help you succeed in your studies. 

Transfer Advising

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year institution, there’s a lot to think about. Which colleges offer the program you’re interested in? Will your new school accept your ECC credits? What if you don’t know what you want to study? Transfer advisors work with you to answer those questions and create an individual transfer plan based on your program of study. An advisor can tell you about ECC’s agreements with other colleges to ensure a smooth transition. We recommend you meet with your advisor each semester — they’re here to help.

Career Development Advisors

Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions you will make, and we want to make sure that you have the necessary information to make a well-informed decision. Through career assessments, one-on-one meetings, and other resources, ECC will work with you to explore career options that will lead you to a career that you are passionate about. 

Spartan Success

Elgin Community College’s early alert program is a vital component of the Spartan Success efforts at the college to connect students with people and resources across campus and in the community, helping students overcome challenges and be successful in their classes. When a faculty member raises an early alert for a student, an academic advisor meets with the student to better understand any challenges the student faces and help develop a customized plan for continued academic success.

As a student, if you receive an early alert notification and meeting request from your academic advisor, you must follow up and schedule your meeting as soon as possible. This program is designed with your success and wellbeing in mind and is not punitive or negative in any way. Your success is our success!

For questions, contact John Long, Assistant Dean of Student Success and Judicial Affairs, at