You don’t have to be enrolled in a degree program to take courses at ECC. Some people just want to learn a few new things without fully committing to a long-term program, and that’s perfectly fine.
Visiting, or “non-matriculated” students can enroll part-time in either for-credit or non-credit courses for personal interest, career advancement, or enrichment. Students can earn up to 12 credits this way, before deciding if they want to change their status and continue on towards a degree or certificate.
This is a great option for those who want to obtain a new skill for work, or just to learn something new for themselves. Credits obtained by non-matriculated students can be transferred into a degree program, or transferred to a different college, just as they normally would.
Non-matriculated students do not need to submit an application for admission prior to enrolling in classes, but they are not eligible for financial aid. Students may change their status to matriculated/degree-seeking, but they must then go through the steps of applying for admission.