With a humble start as an aided 1st Grade College, Erode Art College (Autonomous) was affiliated to University of Madras. At that time students could take admission to Pre University Course and B.A. in Economics only. With the formation of Bharathiar University, the College received its affiliation from the said university in 1982. In 1987 Erode Arts College gained autonomous status. NAAC has bestowed B++ status on the college. It is situated at 205, Chennimalai Road, Rangampalayam, Erode - 638009. B.A. in Economics, B.Com in (C.S) Corporate Secretaryship, B.Sc in Mathematics, B.Sc in Physics, B.Sc in Chemistry, B.Sc. in Animal Science and Biotechnology, B.Sc in Computer Science, B.Sc in Electronics, B.Com, B.B.M (Bachelor of Business Management) are some of the undergraduate courses offered. Some of the unaided courses include- B.C.A (Bachelor of Computer Applications), B.A in English Literature. Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Electronics, Economics, Corporate Secretary, Commerce, Business Management, History, Botany, Physical Education are the departments of Erode Art College that are well served by a team of dedicated, experienced and qualified faculty members.
The college has a well-equipped library, which remains open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., on all days of the week. It is wholly computerised. The library stocks periodicals and books on various subjects. The Erode Arts College Hostel encircles an area of 31,986 sq. ft and comprises forty-three rooms. At a time it can accommodate two hundred and forty students. Hostellers can get facilities, including extensive playground, telephone with ITC Card facility, recreation room with a TV set, reading room, computer facility, indoor game facility, recent cooking facility, pure drinking water arrangement, counseling provided by an experienced faculty. Special provision also is available for physically challenged students, so that they can travel from their rooms on a wheel chair. The Hostel mess that runs on dividing system, supplies healthy vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.
A Placement Cell has been established with the motive to provide information on job opportunities for students and also helps them to find employment in renowned companies and organisations. The Erode Arts College Alumni Association was formed on April 27, 2002. About 1450 students are members of the association. Currently 34 Alumni are working as teaching and non-teaching staff members in the college.