Three easy steps to become a student
1. Fill out the online Application for Admission Form.
(NOTES: This is all we need if you’re just taking a few classes to transfer back to your primary college, or if you’re taking a few courses for personal interest. Non-Iowa students enrolling exclusively for ECC online classes should be aware that ECC restricts fully online classes to students from SARA states; learn more on the Online/Distance Learning page. International students have different forms and requirements, which can be found on our International Students page.)
2. Request that your official high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and other previous college transcripts, if any, be sent to the Ellsworth Admissions Office.
(NOTES: High School/HSED diploma and previous college transcripts are required if you intend to complete an ECC diploma or degree program and/or if you’re applying for any financial aid. Students currently enrolled in high school should have a 6th or 7th semester transcript sent and arrange to have a final transcript sent following graduation. A transcript from each college previously attended must be provided; these must be official, with college seal, sent directly from the college. Previous college transcripts will be evaluated to see if any of the coursework will transfer into Ellsworth.)
3. Submit your ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER or ASSET scores.
(NOTES: ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER or ASSET scores are used for placement in classes; they are NOT admissions tests. ACT and SAT scores are not required for admission but may be submitted in place of taking Ellsworth’s ACCUPLACER test. In many instances, high schools make a record of ACT/SAT scores and the scores are part of the high school transcript (check with your high school to see if this is the case). If your ACT scores are not available from the high school, they may be obtained by addressing a request to the ACT Records Department, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA 52240, and paying a fee to ACT. ACT scores need to be within the last 5 years. The ACCUPLACER test is offered in The Hub (lower level, Kruse Main Hall). ECC has a mandatory placement policy, please refer to the COMPASS and ACT Cut-Off Score Chart or ACCUPLACER Score Sheet. Your advisor or the Hub staff can help interpret your scores if needed; there are re-testing and appeal options if you feel your scores do not accurately reflect your abilities. To locate an ACT Testing Center nearest you, call ACT at 800-645-1992 between 7:30 am to 4 pm CST.
- Schedule a campus visit to discuss your individual needs: Call ECC Admissions at 641-648-4611, ext. 8519, or toll-free at 800-322-9235. (NOTE: Some degree programs require additional admissions-related testing and paperwork; we’ll advise you of that as soon as you apply.)
- Complete an online Student Housing Application and deposit; priority is given by space availability.
- File a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to see if you are eligible for grants and student loans.
- Submit an ECC Scholarship Application; priority deadline is March 1. (A processed FAFSA must be on file in the ECC Financial Aid Office for scholarship applications completed after the March 1 deadline.)
- Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for classes. (You will receive an invitation after you’ve been accepted to ECC.)