Northern Essex Community College

Tel: (978)556-3000
7,352 students
Public institution
The mission of Northern Essex Community College is to serve the people of the Greater Merrimack Valley as a caring and comprehensive center of educational excellence that offers high quality, affordable adult and post secondary education through the Associate Degree level, as well as a broad range of occupational programs and community services which enhance the social, cultural and economic life of the region.
School Highlights
Northern Essex Community College serves 7,352 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is equalto than the state community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 45%.
Northern Essex Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Essex County, MA.
The nearest community college is North Shore Community College (14.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 260 teachers has grown by 31% over five years.
College Northern Essex Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 260 staff
61 staff
Northern Essex Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 7,352 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.58 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 26% over five years.
Total Enrollment 7,352 students 1,315 students
Northern Essex Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 28:1
22:1
Northern Essex Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,438 students
815 students
Northern Essex Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 4,914 students
1,061 students
Northern Essex Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Northern Essex Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
5%
Northern Essex Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
35%
20%
Northern Essex Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
4%
15%
Northern Essex Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
54%
49%
Northern Essex Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
1%
3%
Northern Essex Community College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
6%
Northern Essex Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Northern Essex Community College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Northern Essex Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average 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. 0.58 0.70
Northern Essex Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,888 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,672 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,888 $5,590
Northern Essex Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,672 $10,086
Northern Essex Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 74%
89%
Northern Essex Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Northern Essex is located in the Merrimack Valley in northeastern Massachusetts, just a few miles from the New Hampshire border, our mission is to provide access to quality higher education at an affordable cost. We offer post secondary education through the associate degree level, including career programs in areas such as nursing and allied health, computers, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and deaf studies and dozens of transfer programs for students who want to start at Northern Essex and transfer for their junior and senior years, eventually earning a bachelor's degree or higher. Excellent facilities, solid academic support services and a dynamic student activity program are part of the educational opportunities available at Northern Essex. Flexible scheduling and the option of completing your degree or certificate at your own pace are hallmarks of a Northern Essex education. Northern Essex Community College is justifiably proud of the quality of education and services we offer to our students. Each year over 15,000 individuals study at Northern Essex either full- or part-time. We have a teaching faculty who concentrate their education, experience and effort in the classroom. When your education is completed, you will have the skills needed to join the thousands of Northern Essex graduates who have transferred successfully to baccalaureate programs, or who have become a part of the highly skilled business, industrial and professional work force for which New England is famous.

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Did You Know?
For Massachusetts public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,827 per year for in-state students and $10,496 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,065 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Massachusetts 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 0.64, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is The New England Institute of Art. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.