ECC is a community where you will be treated with respect. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, ability (and other visible and non-visible differences) so that everyone can thrive. We work toward equality for all students and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the cultures and ethnicities that bring us together as a campus community. ECC is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. All are welcome here.
ECC can help immigrants prepare successfully for application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and understand USCIS policies and procedures. Citizenship services are provided through a partnership of education, training, and social services specialists.
Build confidence, make friends and gain leadership skills through participation in campus life. All of our clubs are student-led organizations with simple sign-up procedures. Clubs celebrate the many identities, cultural backgrounds, and interests we have on campus. Some of these include ADAPT, Asian Filipino, ECC Observer, Engineering Tech, Forensics Team, and Phi Rho Pi, Military Branches United, Organization of Latin American Students, PTK International Honor Society, Recovery of All Kinds, Spartan Christian Fellowship, Students Who Are Not Silent, United Students of All Cultures, and more.
English as second language instruction can benefit any non-native English speaker, regardless of language group or nationality. In addition, gaining confidence in written and spoken English skills can be critical to your college and workforce success. ECC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program focuses on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Courses are offered day and evening.
Student Life and other ECC departments host hundreds of speakers, events, and get-togethers throughout the year. Remember your college experience outside of the classroom is just as important as your success inside!
- African American Connection
- Asian Pacific Month
- Black History Month
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair
- I Dream in Color Week
- International Week
- Latinx Heritage Month
- Long Red Line
- Make a Difference Week
- Muslim Prayer
- Pride Talk
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- Women’s History Month
This program supports eligible students whose second language is English and who are enrolled in mainstream college classes. This federally funded program encourages and assists traditionally underrepresented students. Our student organization United Students of All Cultures and Organization of Latin American Students builds community and allows students to meet and network.
Transforming and Impacting Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education (TRIUMPH) Program provides training and mentorship to help young men of color successfully navigate their ECC journey. In addition, the annual Men of Color Conference held in January brings voices from the community to ECC. Students can also participate in United Students of All Cultures, the Black Student Achievers club on campus, and other annual events, including our Asian Pacific Month in April and Black History Month in February, plus the annual HBCU College Fair.
All students at Elgin Community College use the same online application. Undocumented students, who have neither U.S. citizenship nor a visa allowing them to enroll in college coursework, are not considered international students and may apply according to the regular admission process regardless of resident status. Our application does not require an SSN or an ITIN to register for classes or receive a certificate or degree. Sources for financial aid and scholarships are also available.
ECC’s campus includes veterans’ experiences. Our student-run club, Military Branches United, provides a way to meet other veterans on campus. In addition, a monthly Veterans Newsletter, weekly resource center hours, and celebrations for Memorial Day and Labor Day celebrate the contributions that veterans have made.