Academic & Transfer Advising

Students working at a desk in the academic advising office.

We recommend you meet with your advisor each semester—they’re here to help

Advising Tips

Academic Advising

While at ECC, you'll have an academic advisor starting in your first semester. Your advisor will work one-on-one with you to plan your courses and help you succeed in your academic and, ultimately, your professional career. Your advisor is your coach encouraging your success when you need extra support or help you create a development plan to get back on track. They're here for you and help you by following up with instructors to help ensure you get what you need to be successful in your studies. 

Transfer Advising

If you're planning to transfer to a four-year institution, there's a lot to consider. 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. 

Career Development Advising

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. ECC will work with you through career assessments, one-on-one meetings, and other resources to explore career options that lead you to a career you're passionate about. 

Spartan Success

Our early alert program is a vital component of the Spartan Success efforts 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 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, follow up and schedule a 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 jlong@elgin.edu.