Easy steps to admission
Fill out the online Application for Admission Form.
Request official high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and other previous college transcripts, if any, be sent to the Ellsworth Admissions Office.
Submit ACT, COMPASS or ASSET scores.
Certain degree programs require additional admission requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Need more info?
Students intending to complete a diploma or degree program are required to submit high school or HSED transcripts. Students applying for financial aid must have a high school or HSED transcript on file in the ECC Admissions Office.
Students who want to take a class to transfer back to their primary college, or just need a course for personal interest, only need to submit an application for admission. Ellsworth refers to these students as “Guests.”
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 (if any) must be provided. These must be official, with college seal, sent directly from the college. It will be evaluated to see if any of the coursework will transfer into Ellsworth.
What are these tests?
ACT, COMPASS or ASSET scores are used for placement in classes; they are NOT admissions tests. ACT scores are not required for admission but may be submitted in place of taking Ellsworth’s COMPASS test.
In many instances, high schools make a record of ACT scores and the scores are part of the high school transcript (applicants should check with the high school to see if this is the case). If the 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. Score results need to be within the last 5 years.
The COMPASS test is offered through The Hub (lower level, Kruse Main Hall); contact Wanda Koehrsen.
ECC has a mandatory placement policy which means the results of your test will determine which classes you may take in certain subjects. Please refer to the COMPASS and ACT Cut-Off Score Chart to see where you place. Your advisor or the testing center 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. Please contact the testing center for more information. To locate a testing center nearest you, contact ACT at 1-800-645-1992 between 8:30 am to 5 pm EST.
Other steps needed for admission
Schedule a campus visit to discuss your individual needs: Call Admissions at 641-648-4611, ext. 8519, or toll-free at 1-800-322-9235.
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.)