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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1 year ago
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Can students who have no experience join a sports club?
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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
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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

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Student reviews of Elgin Community College

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

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