Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL

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Elgin Community College, located in Elgin, Illinois, was founded in 1949 as a part of the Elgin Area School District U46. The school was given its own community college district two decades later, about a year after the Illinois Public Community College System was founded. The school serves a majority of Kane County, and parts of DeKalb, Cook, McHenry, and DuPage counties. The school originally held classes at Elgin High School and was later given a 145-acre campus that was once a farm colony. Recently the school received funding to expand the campus in order to meet increased enrollment and renovate previous existing buildings. Elgin Community College offers a variety of programs that allow for career development or academic transfer. Students may choose the program that best assists in the realization of their goals. Career programs provide training and education in a specific field, allowing the student to develop the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional for long-term employment. These programs typically mix traditional classroom education with practical education that allows students to utilize and perfect methods and techniques used within their field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree which demonstrates competency to employers when seeking entry-level employment. Academic transfer is accomplished by enrolling in a program that covers the first two years of a four-year education, followed by applying to a college or university to continue their education and complete the final two years of their bachelor's degree. Students will have an easier time transferring to public schools in Illinois through preexisting transfer agreements, though it is possible to transfer credits to out-of-state or private institutions. Students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss transfer requirements and develop a curriculum that best meets the needs of the desired school or schools.

Questions and Answers about Elgin Community College

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3 months ago
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3 months ago
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3 months ago
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6 months ago
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Majors offered at Elgin Community College

Biggest majors
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Biological and Physical Sciences
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Academics at Elgin Community College

Student Faculty Ratio
20 to 1
School type
Public 2-year institution

Demographics for Elgin Community College Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Elgin Community College Students7%9%36%51%4%0%0%
All Bold.org College Students12%22%36%25%2%0%0%
Gender breakdown
Elgin Community College Students
< 9% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Elgin Community College students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Software Engineer111k
Salesforce Administrator100k
Quality Manager74k
Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver55k
Real Estate Paralegal55k
Design Engineer49k
Sous Chef40k
Based on 742 student responses
42.6kAvg. Early Career Pay
65.2kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
57%in High-Meaning careers
2%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Elgin Community College

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Student reviews of Elgin Community College

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Accessible and helpful professors
LGBTQ+ friendly
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Safe campus
Nicole Starr



It's pretty simple! Cheap community college. Some really great professors honestly. Everyone made it seem like college professors are the coldest and most heartless people, but every professor I have met so far has wanted nothing but the best for their students, and almost all are willing to work with you if you're struggling in their class. Also, free parking!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

If you're out of the district, you might as well go to your in-district community college. Every community college in the surrounding area is the same quality.

Grace Lossau
Exercise And Fitness



Elgin Community College offers excellent professors and education. There is a great deal of support staff and opportunities available to students and it's clear that the entire school is structured to help students succeed.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Students need to be willing to hunt on the school website to find information or be passed between staff to find someone who knows an answer to some questions. The information is there and available, but sometimes hard to find.



ECC is a place to not only learn but to expand your horizons. There are always activities to get involved with and the instructors are always willing to help you succeed.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

They act like a very liberal school. While that may be a disadvantage for me, it might be a positive for others.

Victorious Bernat
Social Media



I like the Elgin Community College is a small campus with connected buildings, so it is easier to get around and to your classes. There are also several clubs and organizations for anyone to get involved in (and make friends). Additionally, I like how tuition is significantly cheaper at community colleges than at universities. Also, some of the professors were amazing, but I highly recommend checking ratemyprofessors.com while selecting classes!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I did not like some of the professors and the way those professors ran their classrooms. Some of them would assign a lot of work weekly for not much credit. For example, one of my professors assigned 2 discussion posts every week where the initial posts are at least 300 words and the replies are at least 100 words. Combined, these 800 words are only worth 20 points. Also, sometimes, some of these professors will double up the work and not give students extensions.

Gabrielle Vidal
Drawing And Illustration



Elgin Community College is a great place to start as it's affordable while also having quality professors in multitudes of majors and minors. The teachers are often passionate about their jobs and will try to help you improve in any way you can. It's easy to get your gen eds over with cheaper tuition but with a quality steal professor.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

When it comes to gen eds, be sure to check rate my professor; when it comes to electives and other classes the teachers are fantastic.

Ayooluwa Adeleye
Business And Entrepreneurship
Coding And Computer Science
STEM + 8 others



I like the campus building and environment. Also, there is a very good and active student life organization

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Don't take Dr. Trail for chemistry.

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