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Elgin Community College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Elgin Community College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Elgin Community College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Elgin Community College was awarded 63 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and physical science.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, ECC is ranked #617 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 102 colleges in Illinois, ECC is ranked at #20.

See all of the rankings for Elgin Community College.

Is It Hard to Get Into ECC?

Acceptance Rate

Elgin Community College has an open admissions policy, so you should not have much trouble being accepted by the school. Still, it is important to fill out the application completely and submit any requested materials, which may include proof that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Learn more about Elgin Community College admissions.

Elgin Community College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Elgin Community College, this rate is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Elgin Community College is 24%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  24 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Elgin Community College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Elgin Community College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Elgin Community College.

Elgin Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,931 undergraduates at ECC with 3,212 being full-time and 6,719 being part-time.

How Much Does Elgin Community College Cost?

The overall average net price of ECC is $4,185. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ECC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,384 $3,717 $6,022 $7,348 $8,248

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ECC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ECC, approximately 7% of students took out student loans averaging $3,765 a year. That adds up to $15,060 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECC is 9.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do ECC Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from ECC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $32,300 in their early years. This is about 19% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Elgin Community College make the most money.

Location of Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College is a public institution situated in Elgin, Illinois. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for ECC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123-7193
Phone: 847-697-1000

Elgin Community College Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at Elgin Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ECC

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 2,481 students took at least one online class at Elgin Community College. This is an increase from the 2,242 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,481 622
2017-2018 2,242 554
2016-2017 2,240 576
2015-2016 2,122 568
2013-2014 2,093 508

Learn more about online learning at Elgin Community College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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