East Central College
- Enrollment: 2,649 students
- In-state tuition: $3,240
- Out-state tuition: $6,120
- Acceptance Rate: 95%
- Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
- Minority enrollment: 8%
- Source: Verified school update
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
- 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 23 career/technical fields.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 remodeled facility includes student services, the library, 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.
- On September 18, 2014, the college named the auditorium and classroom buildings on the Union campus after Robert Hansen. A charter member of the board of trustees, Hansen was instrumental in the growth of the college and served on the board for 28 years.
- During commencement ceremonies May 16, 2015, the Multipurpose Building was dedicated, honoring Don Shook, ECC's founding president. The Donald Shook Student Center houses the gym and athletic departments, booksote, cafe, fitness center and spaces for student organizations and the student newspaper.
- In addition to the 200+ acre main campus in Union, East Central College offers courses and programs at off-campus locations in Rolla, Sullivan, and Washington, Missouri to bring educational opportunities to a growing number of students. Each semester approximately 3,400 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 75 full-time faculty members and 135 people in full-time administrative, professional and support positions.
- The Center for Workforce Development 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.