• The mission of Edgecombe Community College is to fulfill the educational, cultural, and training needs of adults and of business, industry, and public service agencies in the service area of the college.

School Highlights

Edgecombe Community College serves 1,459 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,459 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,376
  • Out-state tuition: $8,520
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Edgecombe Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 219 teachers has grown by 154% over five years.
Edgecombe Community College
(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
219 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Edgecombe Community College has declined by 33% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has decreased from 9:1 over five years.
The Edgecombe Community College diversity score of 0.59 is equal to the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,459 students
2,259 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
362 students
693 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,097 students
1,449 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
128 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
362 students
693 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,097 students
1,497 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
717 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
n/a
3%
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% Hispanic
5%
10%
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% Black
48%
18%
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% White
42%
60%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
% Unknown races
2%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.59
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.82%
1.51%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.63%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$26,800
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,376 is less than the state average of $2,531. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,520 is more than the state average of $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,376
$2,531
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,520
$8,245
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
98%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$15,917
$11,865
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$8,598
$5,846
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
82%
SAT Reading
n/a
488
SAT Math
n/a
498
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
13
ACT Math
n/a
16
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Edgecombe Technical Institute began as an extension unit of Wilson County Technical Institute. In 1967, the college came under complete Edgecombe County administration, thus dissolving the relationship with Wilson County Technical Institute. The final step to full institutional independence came in the spring of 1971 when the General Assembly made all technical institutes of North Carolina independent of any local boards of education and granted government by a 12-member Board of Trustees. The Legislature has since designated a 13th non-voting member to the Board of Trustees, the SGA president. In 1987, the name of the college was officially changed to Edgecombe Community College. In 1997, the college changed from the quarter system to the semester system as mandated by the North Carolina Community College System. ECC is one of the 58 colleges that make up the North Carolina Community College System. Steady growth and expanding impact have characterized Edgecombe Community College as it has evolved from one small building in 1968 into a multi-campus institution with campuses in Tarboro and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The college helped meet the educational and training needs of about 9,500 individuals in our community last year. ECC's main campus is located on 120 acres 2.5 miles south of Tarboro and comprises eight buildings. ECC also operates a campus in the Edgecombe County portion of Rocky Mount. This campus covers one city block and comprises two buildings. The college's newest building, the Arts, Civic and Technology Center, opened on the Tarboro campus in May 2004. In addition to a 1,020-seat auditorium, the building features classrooms, computer labs, offices, and rentable spaces for meetings, conferences, and receptions. The college offers 49 curriculum programs resulting in two-year degrees, one-year diplomas, or certificates. Through the Continuing Education division, we offer about 600 continuing education classes annually. We also offer customized training to local business and industry through our Business and Industry division. We make every effort to tailor our programs and classes to meet students' needs. Edgecombe Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate in arts degrees, associate in science degrees, and associate in applied science degrees. The following agencies accredit or approve specific programs: the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, the N.C. State Board of Nursing, the N.C. State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, American Medical Association, the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), and the American Association of Colleges and Junior Colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Edgecombe Community College cost?

Edgecombe Community College's tuition is approximately $2,376 for In-State students and $8,520 for Out-State students.

What is Edgecombe Community College's ranking?

Edgecombe Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Average community college minority breakdown and Percent of students receiving financial aid.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,459 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,376
  • Out-state tuition: $8,520
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,531 per year for in-state students and $8,245 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $27,763 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Durham Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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