Essex County College

  • Essex County College, an open access community college, serves the dynamic needs of diverse constituencies through comprehensive educational programs and services.

School Highlights

Essex County College serves 7,514 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 29:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 58%.

Top Placements

Essex County College places among the top 20% of community colleges in New Jersey for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 352 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Essex County College(NJ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty352 staff234 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Essex County College has declined by 34% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 50:1 over five years.
The Essex County College diversity score of 0.66 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,514 students5,887 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:129:1
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# Full-Time Students3,589 students2,608 students
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# Part-Time Students3,925 students3,279 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
2420
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% Asian
4%
6%
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% Hispanic
28%
23%
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% Black
49%
15%
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% White
10%
42%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
7%
10%
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Diversity Score0.660.73
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College Completion Rate
13%
26%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,400$36,100
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $6,156 is less than the state average of $6,210. The in-state tuition has declined by 24% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,156 is less than the state average of $8,186. The out-state tuition has declined by 24% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$6,156$6,210
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,156$8,186
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • ECC was established in 1966 as the public, two-year, open access community college of Essex County, admitted its first students in temporary quarters in downtown Newark in 1968, and moved to its current permanent site in the heart of the University Heights district of the city in 1976. Newark is New Jersey s largest city, 10 miles west of New York City. Approximately 25,000 people enroll each year in ECC s various degree and non-degree programs, including students from more than 40 foreign countries. The curriculum features close to 70 majors and 564 courses as part of a wide range of transfer and career programs. The 22-acre main campus in Newark features a multilevel megastructure covering three city blocks, a two-level multipurpose Physical Education Building/ Child Development Center complex, the Center for Technology, and the Clara E. Dasher Student Center. Among the resources of the 502,000 square foot megastructure are state-of-the-art laboratories, high tech classrooms with advanced teaching modalities, the Mary B. Burch Theater for the Performing Arts, and a newly renovated library equipped with online public access catalog stations, a computer lab offering instruction in information literacy, and extensive resource materials. At ECC, students can earn Associate in Arts ( A. A. ) and Associate in Science ( A. S. ) degrees for transfer to four-year colleges, or they can pursue Associate in Applied Science ( A. A. S. ) degrees and certificates to prepare for immediate employment. Some A. A. S. programs also transfer; academic advisors can provide additional information on the transfer process. Transfer/ articulation agreements exist with many institutions. Community and continuing education programs include intensive basic skills training, multilingual outreach programs, customized corporate training programs, career advancement and personal enrichment courses, youth programs, seminars, workshops, and public forums on diverse topics of interest to local residents. Essex County College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Essex County College is Pillar College (0.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Pillar College
    Private not-for-profit
    584 students | 0.40 Mi60 Park Place, Suite 701
    Newark NJ  07102
    (973) 804-00000000
    0.40584
  • 295 students | 3.80 Mi684 Newark Ave
    Jersey City NJ  07306
    (201) 217-0000000
    3.80295
  • Eastwick College-Nutley
    Private for-profit
    487 students | 5.40 Mi103 Park Ave
    Nutley NJ  07110
    (973) 661-0600
    5.40487
  • 8,342 students | 6.00 Mi70 Sip Avenue
    Jersey City NJ  07306
    (201) 714-7100
    6.008,342
  • 257 students | 6.10 Mi251 Washington Ave
    Belleville NJ  07109
    (973) 752-0000000
    6.10257
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Did You Know?
For New Jersey public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,210 per year for in-state students and $8,186 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,113 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

New Jersey community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is equal to the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in New Jersey is Middlesex County College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.