East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, MO 63084-0000
Tel: 6365846500
In addition to the main campus in Union, East Central College also offers classes in Rolla, Sullivan, and Washington.
In addition to the main campus in Union, East Central College also offers classes in Rolla, Sullivan, and Washington.
An East Central College student takes a break between classes.  Students can enroll in day, evening or online classes so they can balance work, family and educational responsibilities.
The library is one part of the support system at ECC.  Counselors and advisors are always available, and the Learning Center is a great resource for tutoring, testing and computer access.
The Culinary Arts program at East Central College has earned accreditation through the American Culinary Federation- Educational Foundation, Accreditation Commission (ACFEFAC) and is recognized as an Exemplary Program.  Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Achievement.
Men's soccer is one of three sports offered at East Central College.    The Falcons also compete in NJCAA women's volleyball and softball.  For the past six years East Central has won the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference Academic Award for the highest overall athletic department GPA.
The machining Industry is a dynamic field and the Precision Machining program at ECC continuously updates and revises curriculum, training methods, equipment and staff to ensure that our students are the choice of regional employers. The program has earned accreditation through the National  Institute for Metal Working Skills and is partner member of National Tool Makers Association .
Falcon Fest and other events sponsored by the Student Activities Office give students a break between classes.
Franklin the Falcon is a proud supporter of ECC athletic teams.
Industrial Engineering Technology is one of 23 career/technical programs offered at East Central College.  Associate degree and certificate options prepare students to function as maintenance technicians and engineering assistants; installing, maintaining and programming advanced manufacturing equipment.   The IET program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.
School Highlights
  • East Central College serves 3,222 students (47% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 6% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American), which is more than the state average of 33%.
  • East Central College is the only community colleges within Franklin County, MO.
  • The nearest community college is Saint Louis Community College-Wildwood (20.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 192 teachers has grown by 37% over five years.
East Central College(MO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty192 staff25 staff
East Central College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,222 has declined by 21% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.12 is less than the state average of 0.51. The school's diversity has grown by 199% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,222 students1,147 students
East Central College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio17:128:1
East Central College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,508 students514 students
East Central College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,714 students633 students
East Central College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
East Central College Enrollment Breakdown MO All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
East Central College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
East Central College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
East Central College Black (2007-2016)
% White
East Central College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
East Central College Ethnicity Breakdown MO 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.0.120.51
East Central College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
East Central College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,000$31,200
East Central College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,240 is less than the state average of $5,734. The in-state tuition has grown by 39% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,120 is less than the state average of $7,115. The out-state tuition has grown by 80% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,240$5,734
East Central College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,120$7,115
East Central College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%94%
East Central College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,096$12,874
East Central College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,125$6,000
East Central College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate95%81%


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsSoccer, Softball, VolleyballSoccer, Softball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Student Ambassadors Student Ambassadors,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • 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.

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For Missouri public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,734 per year for in-state students and $7,115 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,154 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 82%. 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 0.51, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Concorde Career College-Kansas City. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.