Plan ahead. The earlier you begin to prepare for transfer, the better. For a successful transfer to a four-year college or university, ECC recommends the following:

  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor who can assist you with your educational choices and decisions as well as planning the courses required for your major.
  • Choose a major. For assistance in choosing and/or confirming your major, make an appointment with a Career Development Specialist.
  • Consider enrolling in GSD 120, Exploring Careers and College Majors, a 1-credit hour course to investigate career choice, college majors, and choosing a transfer college or university.
  • Develop a transfer education plan or review Guided Transfer Pathways with your academic advisor and keep her or him informed of your transfer plans.
  • Discover your options. Meet with college representatives on ECC’s campus at College Night, State University Transfer Day, Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU) fair and other transfer events throughout the year.
  • Discuss special transfer partnerships and opportunities with your academic advisor.
  • Examine all of your options. Become familiar with transfer institutions' entrance, graduation, and major requirements.
  • Take a road trip. Visit the campuses of the schools you are considering.
  • Compare information gathered on your transfer school options and make a decision on your transfer school.
  • Contact the admissions department of your transfer school. Maintain contact with your academic advisor at ECC and at your transfer school to ensure you are on the right path.
  • Use the Self Service module on AccessECC to track your progress toward completion.
  • Complete your associate degree. At the beginning of your last semester at ECC, apply for graduation. Apply for your degree even if you do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony.
  • Attend orientation at your new school. These orientations help ease the transfer process.

For more information, or to make an appointment with an Academic Advisor or Career Development Specialist, call the Student Success Center at 847-214-7390, or schedule directly through the AccessECC Student Portal appointment scheduling APP.