Center for Advanced Studies 

Building E, Room E205

Bachelor’s Degree Partners on Campus

Students can meet with representatives from Columbia College of Missouri, Northern Illinois University, and National Louis University in offices located on ECC’s campus. These partner schools offer opportunities to complete a bachelor’s degree and certificates on ECC’s campus, online, or at other locations in and near Elgin.

Columbia College of Missouri

ECC has partnered with Columbia College of Missouri to offer convenient access to upper-level courses leading to a bachelor’s degree while allowing students to complete their entire bachelor’s degree program on ECC’s campus. Students complete the first two to three years of a bachelor’s degree enrolling in ECC courses at ECC’s lower tuition rates, then enjoy a seamless transition to Columbia College of Missouri.

Degree Options Include:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in business administration with majors in management, marketing, or human resources management.
  • Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice administration, human services, or interdisciplinary studies.

For more information, phone: 847-214-7197; email:; website: Columbia College.

Northern Illinois University

Earn an associate degree at Elgin Community College, then finish your NIU bachelor’s degree or certificate on ECC's campus, at nearby convenient locations or online. Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • BS Ed- Elementary Education, coursework delivered at ECC
  • BS Ed- Special Education, coursework delivered at ECC 
  • BS- Early Childhood Education, coursework delivered at ECC 
  • BS- Health and Human Sciences, fully online
  • Nursing – RN to BSN Completion Program, fully online

To find out the locations for the above programs or for more information, phone: 815-753-7097; 866-885-1239;; website: NIU Off Campus Academics.

National Louis University

Earn an associate degree at Elgin Community College, then finish your bachelor’s degree and graduate degree in one of many programs offered on ECC’s campus. Programs include:

  • B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • M.A.T. Education
  • M.A. Counseling
  • Ed.D. Higher Education Leadership

For more information on the above programs, phone: 888-658-8632;; website: NLU Admissions.

Dual Admission Program

ECC partners with Columbia College of Missouri, Elmhurst University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and Western Illinois University to offer dual admission programs for students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree following attendance at ECC. Students who are interested in participating in the Dual Admission Program while enrolled at ECC must complete a dual admission application with the intended transfer school. Admitted students begin their coursework at ECC, and starting their junior year enjoy a seamless transition to the university. For more information, visit University Transfer Partnerships.

Transfer - Compact Agreements

Students in good standing who have completed a baccalaureate-oriented associate degree (AA or AS) will be considered to have attained junior standing upon transfer from ECC to the following universities:

  • Chicago State University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Governors State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • University of Illinois Springfield
  • Western Illinois University

Note: Students are not guaranteed admission to every major or program. Additional courses or specific admission requirements for specialized major or programs may be required. Meet with your academic advisor early and often to ensure that you are taking the courses required by your intended transfer university.

*Confirmation of all course work with the intended transfer institution is the responsibility of the student. It is recommended that students work closely with their academic advisor to select ECC courses to match the specific freshman and sophomore requirements for their major at all transfer institutions.

Transfer Educational Plans by Major

ECC academic advisors will assist ECC students in creating an educational plan for successful transfer to a college or university. To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, call the ECC Student Success Center, 847-214-7390.