Elgin Community College: Pathway to Top U.S. Universities

By making use of Elgin’s 2+2 university transfer program, you can get a head start on the move to a dream university.

Elgin Community College (ECC) is a two-year, post-secondary community college in Elgin, Illinois, just a short distance from Chicago. One of the top 150 community colleges in the USA, Elgin is especially recognized for its quality programs in Business, Computer Science, and Engineering.

By making use of Elgin Community College’s transfer program, you can seamlessly transfer your credits to top universities in the United States and in doing so, save money, improve your English, and settle on the career path that is right for you.

If you would like to know how to apply and earn a highly respected American degree, contact Elgin Community College today.

High Quality, Affordable Programs

ECC offers 138 degree and certificate programs that are each engaging, challenging, and will prepare you for life after graduation. This includes a range of associate degrees, certificate courses, and transfer programs. Class sizes are small, which means that every student can get the most out of the time spent with their teachers and classmates.

There is no TOEFL or IELTS requirement to apply for Elgin Community College, but if you need to improve your English, there is a full-time Intensive English Program if you need it.

ECC Students

ECC’s tuition is very affordable at $396 per credit hour, about $9,510 per year. When combined with living expenses and other fees, a student can live comfortably for around $19,650 per year, which is a great value compared to a university. For example, The University of Chicago’s undergraduate tuition alone is $57,642 per year. By completing the first two years of your bachelor’s degree at Elgin Community College, you can not only begin work on your degree, but save time and money.

What’s more is that the credits you earn at Elgin Community College can transfer to a university, meaning the step between high school and university becomes that much more achievable.

2+2 Transfer Opportunities

As a community college, students at Elgin Community College can work with an international academic advisor on a customized 2+2 plan, in which you can choose the right courses to study during the two years at ECC before transferring.

In most cases, students complete a 2-year associate degree at ECC, and then complete two years at a transfer institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Elgin Community College
Elgin Community College

Students can transfer to any university they wish, though some of the most popular at Elgin Community College include the University of Illinois-Chicago,  the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Northern Illinois University, Arizona State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

In fact, Elgin Community College offers a 2+2 Guaranteed Transfer Admission to the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering, for students that meet the requirements.

Following this program can be an enormous advantage to those who wish to begin a career in Engineering, with Grainger College commonly ranked among the best engineering colleges in the world.

As well as being something of a ‘shortcut’ to such a prestigious university, taking advantage of this opportunity can also help with tuition costs, while the time spent at ECC allows for a more personalized education and academic plan.

Safe Campus and Established Homestay Program

Elgin Community College is located in Elgin, Illinois, only a short distance from Chicago, the third largest city in the United States. Located on Lake Michigan, many students enjoy visiting Chicago for its world-class cultural offerings and unique architecture. Chicago is also home to world-championship sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, award winning theatre, dozens of museum and historical sites, and premier shopping.

ECC”s main campus comprises thirteen buildings across a picturesque 217-acre campus. The campus is safe, modern and offers state-of-the art facilities for both curricular and co-curricular activities. 


ECC also supports students with excellent extracurricular options, including many sports teams, clubs and organizations and events.

For international students, ECC also manages an established and engaging homestay program, which allows for those full-time international students with an F-1 visa to stay at an American home as a member of the family - a really excellent way to become accustomed to American customs and culture, improve your English and participate in the community. Or, if you prefer, apartments near campus are also available to rent.


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