Getting students the information they need to be successful in their personal and professional development is the number one goal of academic advisors at ECC.
Academic Advising/Transfer Assistance
No matter where you are in life or in school, ECC academic advisors help you design an educational plan for any major, any transfer institution or course of study that leads to graduation. They guide you in making academic decisions that take into account your personal goals and career aspirations.
Preparing for your appointment:
Look at your top schools’ websites and see what information they have available about your program of choice. Bring any information about course requirements with you to your advising appointment.
Make sure your official transcripts are on file with Admissions, and that you have submitted a Request For Evaluation Form to the Records office. Transcript evaluations may take up to two weeks to process, so it is best to schedule your advising appointment 2-3 weeks after your evaluation request has been submitted.
It is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to ensure the course you are adding fits into your overall education plan.
Discuss your options with your instructor. Go to Financial Aid first to see how the change would impact your aid. Stop by Student Accounts to confirm the amount of refund you would be eligible for if you’re dropping a course, or the due date of your first payment if you are adding a course. Lastly, meet with your academic advisor to find out how the change may affect your academic plan and career goals.
Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to update your education plan.
Make sure that you have completed steps 1-4 of the Success Plan form. You can find the form attached to the email you received in your student account about your academic standing.
Visit the graduation page for information on procedures and deadlines prior to meeting with your academic advisor to verify that you have met all program requirements.
Make sure you have done all relevant placement testing for your program of study. Although it is not required, it is helpful to have an idea of the school you would like to go to and the program you would like to study if you are planning on transferring. Knowing your major and transfer institution will ensure that your transfer is as seamless as possible.
It is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor each semester before registering – especially if you have changed your major or transfer school. When planning for future semesters, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with your advisor during the less busy months of the year (February, March, September and October).
Run a program evaluation in the portal using the steps below. When meeting with your advisor to plan courses make a list of courses you would like to take from the options given for your remaining requirements, and bring that list with you to your appointment.
To run an evaluation:
- Go to the elgin.edu/portal
- Select 'Students' under the 'Self Service' tab
- Select 'Student Academic Planning'
- Select 'Program Evaluation'
Either choose to evaluate your existing program or see how close you are to completing another program you are considering.
ECC requires that students make satisfactory progress toward achieving their educational goals. Satisfactory academic progress (good standing) is defined as the attainment of a 2.0 SOAP CUMULATIVE Grade Point Average. SOAP CUM GPA is based on all credit hours attempted at ECC, including developmental classes (does not include coursework transferred to ECC). SOAP GPA is calculated and Academic Standing is determined after all grades are entered at the end of each term.
If your academic standing requires you complete an intervention prior to registration, please view the Standards of Academic Progress Intervention page.
Educational Success & Academic Advising
- Advisors help you explore educational goals, options, and barriers.
- Intervene if you are on academic probation or restriction.
- Discuss success strategies for college.
- Help you define your choice of careers and how that relates to specific majors and degrees.