Essex County College

303 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel: (973)877-3000
11,468 students
Public institution
  • Essex County College, an open access community college, serves the dynamic needs of diverse constituencies through comprehensive educational programs and services.
School Highlights
Essex County College serves 11,468 students (51% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 51%.
Essex County College is one of 3 community colleges within Essex County, NJ.
The nearest community college is Eastern International College-Jersey City (3.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 352 teachers has grown by 39% over five years.
College Essex County College (NJ) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 352 staff 234 staff
Essex County College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 11,468 has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has decreased from 47:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.71 is more than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 20% over five years.
Total Enrollment 11,468 students 7,839 students
Essex County College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 33:1 34:1
Essex County College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 5,799 students 3,412 students
Essex County College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 5,669 students 3,628 students
Essex County College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Essex County College Enrollment Breakdown NJ All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Essex County College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Essex County College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Essex County College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Essex County College White (2006-2014)
% Non Resident races
Essex County College Non Resident (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
Essex County College Ethnicity Breakdown NJ All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.71 0.69
Essex County College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,988 is more than the state average of $4,794. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,988 is less than the state average of $6,468. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,988 $4,794
Essex County College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,988 $6,468
Essex County College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80% 74%
Essex County College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • ECC was established in 1966 as the public, two-year, open access community college of Essex County, admitted its first students in temporary quarters in downtown Newark in 1968, and moved to its current permanent site in the heart of the University Heights district of the city in 1976. Newark is New Jersey s largest city, 10 miles west of New York City. Approximately 25,000 people enroll each year in ECC s various degree and non-degree programs, including students from more than 40 foreign countries. The curriculum features close to 70 majors and 564 courses as part of a wide range of transfer and career programs. The 22-acre main campus in Newark features a multilevel megastructure covering three city blocks, a two-level multipurpose Physical Education Building/ Child Development Center complex, the Center for Technology, and the Clara E. Dasher Student Center. Among the resources of the 502,000 square foot megastructure are state-of-the-art laboratories, high tech classrooms with advanced teaching modalities, the Mary B. Burch Theater for the Performing Arts, and a newly renovated library equipped with online public access catalog stations, a computer lab offering instruction in information literacy, and extensive resource materials. At ECC, students can earn Associate in Arts ( A. A. ) and Associate in Science ( A. S. ) degrees for transfer to four-year colleges, or they can pursue Associate in Applied Science ( A. A. S. ) degrees and certificates to prepare for immediate employment. Some A. A. S. programs also transfer; academic advisors can provide additional information on the transfer process. Transfer/ articulation agreements exist with many institutions. Community and continuing education programs include intensive basic skills training, multilingual outreach programs, customized corporate training programs, career advancement and personal enrichment courses, youth programs, seminars, workshops, and public forums on diverse topics of interest to local residents. Essex County College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Did You Know?
For New Jersey public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,794 per year for in-state students and $6,468 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,412 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

New Jersey community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in New Jersey is Union County College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.