• Elgin Community College is a comprehensive community college serving students at every stage of their educational journeys. From university transfer programs to continuting education classes to childcare and arts center events for the community, ECC offers something for everyone. Choose from 138 degree and certificate programs designed to prepare you to transfer to a four-year university or land a job in a high demand field. You'll join a welcoming community of faculty and staff who care about your success.

School Highlights

Elgin Community College serves 7,882 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is same as the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 47%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 7,882 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,972
  • Out-state tuition: $14,945
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 52%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Elgin Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 674 teachers has grown by 133% over five years.
Elgin Community College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
674 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Elgin Community College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
The Elgin Community College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
7,882 students
2,413 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,846 students
898 students
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# Part-Time Students
5,036 students
1,683 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
653 students
40 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,846 students
944 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
5,036 students
1,844 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
19 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
132 students
% Asian
5%
5%
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% Hispanic
37%
24%
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% Black
3%
12%
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% White
48%
53%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
2%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.63
0.64
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
5.89%
2.73%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.54%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,000
$32,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,972 is less than the state average of $7,972. The in-state tuition has declined by 61% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $14,945 is more than the state average of $10,688. The out-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,972
$7,972
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$14,945
$10,688
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Tuition Notes
Tuition and fees quoted as full-time (15 hours) fall and spring semesters based on 2019-2020 rates for ECC.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
50%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$6,638
$8,029
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,250
$4,600
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Acceptance Rate
100%
89%
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SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17

Sports

Total Sports Offered
7 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
ADAPT, Anime Club, Aspire 1G, Associated Nursing Students, Black Student Achievers, Chinese Student Club, College Programming Board, ECC Observer Student Newspaper, Engineering Club, Forensics Team, Gamers United, Human Services Club, Military Branches United, Muslim Student Association, Organization of Latin American Students, Performing Arts Club, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK), Spartan Christian Fellowship, Spartan Design Club, Student Government, Students Educationally Receiving Volunteer Experience (SERVE), Students Who Are Not Silent (SWANS), Team Engrepreneurs, United Students of All Cultures (USAC), Woment's Empowerment Alliance
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • When the University of Illinois decided to close its Elgin extension center (1946-49), Public School District U-46 voted to establish ECC in Jan. 1949. The College opened its doors the following fall with 97 students, one administrator, 17 part-time faculty and one full-time faculty member. The west wing of old Elgin High School, between Chicago and DuPage Streets on Elgin's eastside, was ECC's home for its first 10 years. The park-like setting of ECC's 145-acre main campus is dotted with trees and picturesque lakes. The campus is nestled in a pleasant neighborhood of residences and light industry. Lush lawns blend seamlessly with the greens and fairways of The Highlands, the city-owned golf course next door. As a large comprehensive institution, we offer a myriad of educational programs for all the citizens in District 509 - traditional students, returning adults, business and industry and personal enrichment. Our focus on maintaining a collaborative learning community will encourage you to explore and implement personal goals. Whether you are interested in pursuing an associate's degree and transferring to a 4-year college or university, ready to go to work but need new skills, or taking classes for promotion or for personal enrichment, we hope you'll will find what you need at ECC. ECC has an environment where you'll have the opportunity to concentrate on developing and refining your individual talents, have easy access to your teachers, and form close and lasting relationships with other members of the college community: a diverse and dedicated group of individuals who all share your interest in learning

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Elgin Community College cost?

Elgin Community College's tuition is approximately $3,972 for In-State students and $14,945 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Elgin Community College?

The acceptance rate of Elgin Community College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 89%.

What sports does Elgin Community College offer?

Elgin Community College offers 7 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

What is Elgin Community College's ranking?

Elgin Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 7,882 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,972
  • Out-state tuition: $14,945
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 52%
  • Source: Verified school update

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