Elgin Community College (ECC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of United States colleges.
Elgin is a public two year community college in Illinois. The college, which was founded in 1949, currently maintains an enrollment of more than 15,000 undergraduate students each semester.
The school primarily serves the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, and McHenry. Altogether, these counties are home to more than 300,000 residents.
Elgin is one of the colleges in the Illinois Community College System. The other 13 schools that operate within the ICCS are:
ECC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Above: The main campus building at ECC
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Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Elgin Community College.
1. Where is Elgin Community College?
The main campus of ECC is located in Elgin, Illinois, which is conveniently situated less than 50 miles northwest of Chicago.
The college also has additional learning centers in Burlington, Hanover Park, and Streamwood.
Here is the official visiting address of the ECC campus:
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
2. What types of degrees are offered at Elgin Community College?
ECC awards Associate of Arts degrees, as well as a number of vocational certificates for career and technical programs. Here is a list of Associate degrees awarded by ECC:
3. What courses and programs are offered at Elgin Community College?
Students enrolled at Elgin can choose from many dozen career and academic programs.
For example, here is a list of the career and technical programs offered at ECC:
Here is a list of some of the most popular vocational training courses at ECC:
...to name only a few.
Above: A shot of the ECC campus
4. Who should attend Elgin Community College?
Elgin is an appropriate choice for Illinois residents of any age who want to save money on their college educations, especially those who live in the greater Chicago area.
ECC also features numerous skilled trade certificate programs for people who want to join the workforce immediately after graduation.
Especially, ECC is appropriate for the older generation, as the school hosts a special "Age 50 Plus" program for older students who wish to rejoin (or continue) in the workforce.
ECC also features veteran's services.
5. Why attend Elgin Community College?
Here are some good reasons to enroll at ECC:
6. How much does it cost to enroll at Elgin Community College?
According to the ECC website, the total cost of tuition and fees to enroll at the college is:
Other fees may also apply. These may include application fees, enrollment fees, testing fees, course fees, technology fees, and lab fees, among others.
Financial aid may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs, to help students pay for their educations at ECC.
Shown above: The Health, Life, and Sciences building at ECC
7. How long does it take to earn a degree from Elgin Community College?
For a full time student at ECC, it should take about two years to earn an Associate's degree.
However, roughly four out of five students enrolled at ECC attend the college part time. In these cases, the process of earning a degree can take twice as long, or longer, depending on each student's personal schedule.
8. What is the Elgin Community College campus like?
ECC is located about 2 miles west of the Fox River. The campus spans 145 acres, and contains a number of academic and administrative buildings.
Campus attractions include a renowned Visual and Performing Arts Center, as well as an Events Center, a Business Center, and the beautiful Lake Spartan, among others.
However, there is no on-campus student housing available at ECC.
The athletic teams at ECC are called the Spartans. The school colors are blue and white. Student intercollegiate athletes play for the NJCAA and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
Men and women at Elgin can choose from a variety of varsity sports:
There are also quite a few non athletic campus organizations at ECC, such as an Anime club, a Black Student Association, a Chinese club, an Engineering club, a Gamer's club, a multicultural club, and many others.
Shown above: The Events Center at ECC
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9. What is the Elgin Community College neighborhood like?
Elgin is a walkable town, so a personal car is not often needed. ECC is located about three miles southwest of downtown Elgin.
Public transportation is available.
The neighborhood is also easily accessible to the great city of Chicago.
Above: Downtown Elgin, Illinois
10. What are the distance learning options at Elgin Community College?
ECC has many online courses available through the Desire2Learn program, a popular Learning Management System (LMS).
Here is a list of online classes currently available at ECC:
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11. What is the contact information for Elgin Community College?
You can reach the main campus office of ECC in Elgin by calling 847-697-1000.
To reach the Admissions office of ECC, call 847-214-7385.
To contact the financial aid office at ECC, call 847-214-7360.
To speak with someone in the Athletics Department, call 847-214-7515.
To inquire about online courses at ECC, call 847-214-7945.
Above: The lounge at ECC
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