East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, MO 63084
Tel: 6365846500
3,901 students
Public institution

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School Highlights:
East Central College serves 3,901 students (47% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the community college average of 29:1.
Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 20%.
East Central College is the only community colleges within Franklin County, MO.
The nearest community college is Saint Louis Community College-Wildwood (20.3 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 85 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
East Central College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 85 staff
45 staff
East Central College Total Faculty (2006-2011)

Student Body

The student population of 3,901 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,901 students
1,303 students
East Central College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
Student : Teacher Ratio 29:1
East Central College student staff (2006-2011)
# Full-Time Students
1,852 students
835 students
East Central College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 2,049 students
1,046 students
East Central College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
East Central College sch enrollment East Central College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
- 1%
% Asian
East Central College Asian (2006-2008)
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
East Central College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
East Central College Black (2006-2012)
% White
East Central College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races"
- 2%
East Central College sch ethnicity East Central College sta ethnicity
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. 0.06 0.44
East Central College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,552 is less than the state average of $5,890. The in-state tuition has grown by 52% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,376 is less than the state average of $10,047. The out-state tuition has grown by 58% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,552 $5,890
East Central College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,376 $10,047
East Central College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Percent Admitted 95% 78%
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

East Central Junior College was established on April 2, 1968. The name of the college was changed in 1980 from East Central Junior College to East Central College to reflect the comprehensive nature of the institution and its mission to provide not only the first two years of a baccalaureate education, but career and technical programs and other services to meet the needs of the region.

As the primary provider of higher education in the area, East Central College serves the needs of those in the college district and service region by providing quality educational programs and services. As an open access institution, ECC serves students who have a range of preparation and ability. As a learning organization, the College preserves and enhances its commitment to continuous quality improvement. 

ECC offers 25 transfer majors and associate degree and certificate programs in 25 career/technical fields.

The College held its first classes in September, 1969, in temporary facilities at Memorial Auditorium and other rented locations in Union. There were 476 students enrolled the first semester. That same year the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of land for a permanent campus. A site was selected just east of Union, a 114-acre tract bordered on the north by Highway 50. An additional 92 acres were purchased in 1994 to accommodate expansion and growth.  The first classes at the permanent campus were held January 24, 1972, in the Administration Building. During the course of the next three decades, voters approved bond issues to fund construction of additional buildings on the campus. A $15.8 million bond issue was approved in August of 2006 to fund construction of the seventh major campus facility, the Health and Science Building, completed in the winter of 2009. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the first building on campus, the Administration Building, was expanded and remodeled. The newly remodeled facility includes student services, the library, the learning center, general classrooms and administrative offices. The building was formally dedicated October 30, 2011, in honor of the late George H. Buescher. Mr. Buescher was a member of the original Board of Trustees, serving from 1968 to 1980.

In addition to the 200+ acre main campus in Union, East Central College offers courses and programs at off-campus locations in Rolla, Sullivan, Warrenton and Washington, Missouri to bring educational opportunities to a growing number of students.  Each semester approximately 3,000 students enroll in credit classes; females making up 62 percent of the student body. In 2012-13, degrees and certificates were awarded to 479 students. There are currently 76 full-time faculty members and 135 people in full-time administrative, professional and support positions.

The Customized Training Department at East Central College specializes in training to meet the needs for both the local business and industry and the individual. Customized Training provides a myriad of courses and workshops in areas such as management, manufacturing, human resources, technology and computers.

Since its inception, ECC has been a dynamic entity within the local region, offering excellent educational opportunities and program partnerships between the College, other educational organizations, and local business and industry. The College has helped countless individuals prepare for careers, begin work on college degrees, and take part in enrichment programs and cultural activities.

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For Missouri public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,485 per year for in-state students and $7,683 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,165 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Missouri 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 0.34, which is lower than the national average of 0.44. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Concorde Career Colleges. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.