Apply for Admission 

New students (and returning students who have not been enrolled for the past two years) can use the above link to apply for admission or contact Student Services at your college of choice to request an admission packet.     

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges maintains an Open Admission Policy that provides access to higher education for those individuals who can benefit from its comprehensive programs. Admission to IECC shall not guarantee admission into all courses or programs of study.  Students may have to meet specific requirements for entry into some programs or complete specified prerequisites prior to enrollment in certain courses. When space is limited in specific programs, IECC accepts those students best academically qualified, with preference given to students residing in the district or attending under a CAREER agreement.  Prospective Allied Health students should note special admission requirements associated with their program of study.

IECC reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when it is deemed IECC’s standards of student conduct might be put in jeopardy by such admission.

Admission to the college shall not guarantee financial aid eligibility. 

Admission Procedures

Students can enroll in single courses or a specific program leading to a degree, certificate, or credential which include:

  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Science and Arts
  • Certificate programs in a variety of career and technical fields
  • GECC Credential

The Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Science and Arts programs generally lead to transfer to a four-year university. Students can begin most major career fields at IECC before transferring. The Associate in General Studies program is designed for students who wish to explore their individual interests and abilities within an academic structure.

The Associate in Applied Science programs at IECC cover a wide range of Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas and are designed to lead to employment.

Certificate programs in CTE areas generally require one year of study or less and can lead to entry level positions with employers.

Admission into a program
A student may be admitted into a degree or certificate program (or pursue a GECC Credential) if one or more of the following applies:

  • High School Graduate. Possess a High School Diploma (or equivalent);
  • Transfer Student. Transfer-in from a college or university accredited by an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; 
  • Student Whose Connection with a Secondary School is Severed. Any student who is 16 or 17 years of age and has severed connection with a secondary school, as certified in writing by the chief executive officer of the secondary school in which the student has legal residence.

To gain admittance, all degree, certificate, and credential seeking students need to:

  1. Apply online at or contact Student Services.  It is to the student's advantage to apply for  admission at least 30 days prior to the beginning of any term in order to be scheduled for pre-registration; however,  admissions will be accepted through late registration of any term.

  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts and appropriate course descriptions of all previous college work to the  Admissions Office prior to registration.  Student Services reviews the transcripts and determines validity. 

  3. Submit the results of pre-entrance physical examination or background check required by the student's program of study.

  4. (Optional) Students may submit nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, or GED for placement purposes. (Testing must have been completed within the past 3 years.)

After the college processes the admission form for eligibility determination, the student will receive a letter of acceptance.  All correspondence should be directed to the Student Service Office.

Enrollment in a Course
Individuals who would like to enroll in a course(s) only, not in a program, may do so if they meet the placement test minimums and if one of the following applies:

  1. They are a Dual Credit Student. IECC has partnerships with local high schools to provide juniors and seniors college-level courses taught by qualified instructors. When students successfully complete the course, they receive both high school and college credit;

  2. They have completed the 8th grade and are at least fourteen (14) years of age.

Parents should be aware that their child may be exposed to mature and/or controversial topics and conversations, not only within some classes, but also within the general college environment

It's important to note that non-degree students who may later elect to seek a degree, credential, or certificate (with 16 credit hours or more) MUST meet all regular admission and placement requirements.  There are some certificates of fewer than 16 credit hours which also have course placement requirements.  

Illinois Eastern Community College District No. 529 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, order of protection status, conviction record, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected category. For more information on IECC’s Nondiscrimination policy click here.